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News about material donations

August 10, 2011

Since immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Peace Boat has called for material donations for the people of Ishinomaki, Miyagi where our organisation is active. Due to local requests, Peace Boat’s collection, management and distribution of relief goods is now to be undertaken together with the Ishinomaki City Hall. For this reason, we are no longer receiving donations of material goods directly.

Until now, Peace Boat has been working together with other aid organisations, the Ishinomaki City Disaster Volunteer Centre and the Ishinomaki Disaster Assistance Recovery Council (IDRAC) to jointly use an indoor sports training area at the Ishinomaki Senshu University for material donations storage, and Peace Boat volunteers have been active in managing and distributing these items to evacuation centres and other parts of the affected areas. Every day,  generous donations from around Japan and even overseas have arrived at the storehouse. As the transportation and delivery systems were wiped out by the tsunami, this aid was absolutely vital for the citizens of Ishinomaki. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to these donations.

If there are any further changes in local circumstances or Peace Boat calls for further material donations, we will announce on this homepage. The Ishinomaki City is accepting larger donations from corporations and individuals through their website here, and as some other organisations may still be accepting direct donations, we encourage you to check their homepages.