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07-s1 International Standards for Humanitarian Aid: HAP and Sphere

November 6, 2012

Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Centre Programme Officer participated in the Training of Trainers the “Sphere Project” in October in Seoul.

04-s1 Where is the Post Office?

April 23, 2012

Volunteers creating maps of the local area, bus schedules and information about services residents in temporary housing facilities.

01-s1-s1 Reports from Barcelona, Spain

April 9, 2012

Disaster relief related activities carried out together with partners in ports around the world during Peace Boat's global voyages.

New computers for the children arrived on March 1 Computers arrive in the schoolhouse!

March 9, 2012

Upon request from the school, Peace Boat has cooperated to provide Minato Daini Junior School with 13 computers on March 1.

07-s1 Staff Interview Takeda Nobuhiro and support for Fukushima

March 4, 2012

Interview with Peace Boat staff member Takeda Nobuhiro - member of the advance team to Ishinomaki and coordinating support for his home town Fukushima.

IshinomakiNumbers-Jan-2012-s1 News Updates

February 24, 2012

Peace Boat news from Ishinomaki, more information about volunteer work and plans for the 1 year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

03-s1 Announcing A New Project! “Experiencing Fishing in Ishinomaki -Harvesting Wakame Seaweed-”

February 7, 2012

The new project, “Volunteer Experience Fishing in Ishinomaki” mainly focuses on “exchange and experience,” rather than the provision of labour for the harvest.

01-s1 Gathering scallop shells for oyster cultivation

February 5, 2012

Volunteers are active helping to collect scallop shells to use for the cultivation of oysters to help the local fishing industry recover.

05-s1 2011 Fishing Support Report

December 27, 2011

Peace Boat activities to support the local fishing industry in the Ishinomaki area were carried out in 16 coastal locations in Ogatsu and the Oshika Peninsula, on 160 days in 2011.

recovery-s1 One Step Towards Recovery – Ties Between Survivors and Volunteers

December 26, 2011

The 24 minute documentary, "One Step Towards Recovery - Ties Between Survivors and Volunteers" is now available on line!

05-s To overcome the harsh winter – the “Kizuna Newspaper”

December 18, 2011

Since the Kizuna Newspaper was launched in October, it has received many compliments and thanks from residents, a result of all the efforts made by Peace Boat volunteers in Ishinomaki.

01-s Brought back by Pal System – Maruto Takahashi Tokuji Shoten’s “Ebishinjo”

December 8, 2011

Pal System Consumers Cooperative Union has been carrying out relief activities since soon after the disaster.

01-s To Restore the City of Fisheries: Aiding Factories

November 24, 2011

Many factories and industries affiliated with fisheries suffered serious damage in the tsunami, and relief to support the recovery of the fishing industry is now going on.

Lecture and Report Session in Aichi: December 1 (Thurs)

On December 1, events will be held at Chukyo University in Aichi prefecture to report on the volunteer activities in Ishinomaki.

09-s Disaster Relief Volunteer Leader training first term finished!

November 18, 2011

The first term of the Disaster Volunteer Leader training took place in Ishinomaki from November 5-11, 2011.

[Ganbatte 365 Videos] The “Cans of Hope” of Kinoya

The Ganbatte365 project has continued to produce videos showing disaster relief efforts such as the two videos shown on this page.

01-s Volunteers making vegetable fields

November 17, 2011

The fishing industry assistance volunteers are now also helping to build vegetable plots on land.

KizunaNP_0061-s 6th Newspaper Published!

November 15, 2011

This newspaper has been handed since October 2 by hand to 4000 households at over 80 temporary housing areas in the area.

AD part 1-2-s-s Volunteer accommodation facility Assistant Director (AD)

November 14, 2011

Matsumura Junichi has been working long term as a volunteer in charge of one of the volunteer accommodation facilities - a vital aspect of Peace Boat's volunteer programme.

01-s Report on emergency relief efforts – ‘Creating a system to utilize volunteers’

October 18, 2011

On October 13 the “Report on emergency relief efforts 7 months on from March 11 - 'Creating a system to utilize volunteers'” report session was held at the JICA Global Plaza in Hiroo, Tokyo.

06698871bef928142a1b946389bbb1d4-s Concert by Oshio Kotaro at Hebita Junior High School

October 15, 2011

On October 7, famous Japanese guitarist Oshio Kotaro performed a concert for local evacuation center residents at Hebita Junior High School in Ishinomaki.

09-s Fire-lighting ceremony: Takahashi Tokuji Store commences operations!

October 10, 2011

On October 1, the Takahashi Tokuji Store, established in 1905, recommenced business operations. This report is about the “fire-lighting ceremony” which was held to celebrate this occasion.

05-s Cleaning Assistant Director (AD) (Part 2)

October 8, 2011

Report following the activities of Cleaning Assistant Director Ichijo Kenji (Part 2).

09-s Cleaning Assistant Director (AD) (Part 1)

October 6, 2011

This report follows Cleaning Team Assistant Director Ichijo Kenji, who has been in Ishinomaki since March 21 and is responsible for debris clearance and home cleaning activities.

15-s Kitchen Assistant Directors (ADs)

October 5, 2011

Since Peace Boat launched its relief activities in Ishinomaki, the food provision team has prepared a total of more than 100,000 meals. This report follows the team's Assistant Directors Morinaga Yoko and Kitamura Kazumi.

026-s Safety measures for volunteers (Part 2)

September 30, 2011

Orientations, training and safety measures for volunteers have been developed greatly as the activities have proceeded over the past six months. Read here for further information about such issues.

DSC04662-s High school students from Tochigi participate in volunteer activities

September 20, 2011

On September 11, 6 months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 10 high school students from Tochigi Prefecture came to help with Peace Boat's debris removing volunteer activities.

anderson3-s Beyond the sadness – Taylor Anderson’s family visits Ishinomaki

September 17, 2011

Taylor Anderson was an assistant English teacher from the US who lost her life in the tsunami. 4 members of her family volunteered with Peace Boat in her beloved Ishinomaki on September 8.

DSC04282-s Hayamahime Temple Festival, Oginohama

September 16, 2011

On September 9 approximately 30 volunteers participated in the Festival at Hayamahime Temple Festival Temple, which is located in the Oginohama area of the Oshika Peninsula.

20110829 ofuro (33)-s Follow-up Report: Visitors to “Kizuna no yu” and “Fudou no yu” exceed 3500!

September 14, 2011

Over the past two weeks the number of visitors to the public baths, “Kizuna no yu” and “Fudou no yu” that were opened to the public on August 22 exceeded 3500 people!

20110830 Ogatsu (14)-s Gathering Ogatsu Stones

September 12, 2011

Slate stones are a traditional industry of Ogatsu town, near Ishinomaki. Volunteers have been working to collect them to be reused for things such as roof tiles, accessories and ink stones.

beforeafter-s Ishinomaki Before and After (April 10 – August 30)

September 11, 2011

Peace Boat has completed cleaning of over 1,200 locations in Ishinomaki, including homes, shops, schools, drains and cemeteries. These photos show scenes before and after volunteer efforts.

DSC04715_0-s Half a year on

At 2:46pm on September 11, six months since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, all volunteers and staff together held a moment of silence to pray for the souls of those who lost their lives.

20110901 雄勝船越-0053-s Fisherman in Funakoshi

September 9, 2011

Peace Boat first met Mr Nakazato on July 2 at the Ogatsu Recovery Market. He is a fisherman in Funakoshi, a small village of 320 people before the disaster where the tsunami destroyed most homes.

20110828 saikouji (14)-s Volunteers cleaning graves in preparation for the equinox

September 7, 2011

Recently volunteers have become busy with cleaning graves and the surrounding areas, as local residents have requested help to have the graves cleaned by the time of the coming equinox.

20110829 Hirobuchi (10)-s Meal preparation

September 6, 2011

A new style of meal preparation– BBQs, where ingredients and equipment (rather than ready-made meals) are brought and volunteers and residents cook together in an environment of regained independence.

IMG_3977-s Onwards Dani-busters! The evacuation center cleaning team

September 2, 2011

The "Dani-buster" team been working since June, and is in charge of cleaning bedding, pest control and in particular removing bed bugs in the more than 60 evacuation centers in Ishinomaki area.

IMG_3785-s Support from Paraguay in South America!! Charity sports event for Ishinomaki

August 26, 2011

On July 26, “Corrida por Japon” or “Let's run for Japan” was held by the Japan Chamber of Commerce in Paraguay. Funds collected by the 1000 participants were donated to Peace Boat for disaster relief.

DPP_0015-s A good night’s sleep for the evacuation center residents – installation of fly screens

August 25, 2011

Flies and mosquitoes are increasing in the disaster affected areas, and Peace Boat is now working to install fly screens in evacuation centres throughout the Ishinomaki region.

_DSC8173-s Dougenin Evacuation Centre Closing Ceremony

August 23, 2011

On August 7, the closing ceremony of the Dougenin Temple evacuation center was held. Established soon after the earthquake and tsunami, this centre has helped to protect the residents of Ishinomaki.

08 Ishinomaki Photo Exhibition Travels the World

An exhibition of photographs from areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami was conducted in 19 ports around the world during Peace Boat’s 73rd Global Peace Voyage.

_DSC7811-s Finished collecting 800,000 Kinoya store “Cans of Hope”!

August 17, 2011

The collection of the Kinoya store “Cans of Hope” has been completed! Peace Boat volunteers worked with factory employees to collect and sort the 80,000 cans of local seafood since June 28, 2011.

IMG_6590-s 5 months since the disaster – Volunteer Coordinator interview

August 15, 2011

Peace Boat staff Kobayashi Shingo entered Ishinomaki on March 17, and for the past 5 months has been working daily to link governmental and civilian agencies and groups there.

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