Who We Are
Vision: Peace Winds America (PWA) envisions a world where natural disasters pose a minimal threat to the safety, security and livelihood of people living in the Asia Pacific. Our core belief is that disaster response begins with preparedness, and that both disaster preparedness and response should integrate the efforts of governments, militaries, NGOs and the private sector.
Mission: Peace Winds America strengthens disaster preparedness in the Asia Pacific region through capacity building, coordination and collaboration of governments, militaries, NGOs and the private sector. Should disasters strike, Peace Winds America responds with local partners to provide effective and appropriate relief and recovery.
Simply Put: Better readiness equals better response.
And a better response lowers the human and economic costs of disasters throughout the Asia-Pacific.
Peace Winds America programs strengthen disaster preparedness and response in Asia Pacific through a unique approach to disaster mitigation that focuses on preparedness. PWA programs bring together government, military, NGO, and private sector experts to increase planning and connectivity, strengthening coordinated and collaborative disaster response. PWA’s disaster response focuses on partnering with local NGOs, directing resources and relief to the most appropriate.
PWA fosters the exchange of resources and best practices through international workshops and conferences, in order to strengthen disaster management capabilities both between and within the countries of the Asia Pacific. Our programs bring together disaster managers and key decision-makers in the government, military, NGO, and private sectors to increase coordination and improve individual capacity. This collaboration results in a greater connectivity and coordination among disaster managers, planners and responders, which, in turn provides a more integrated and efficient disaster response. We work with all levels of civilian governments—from city emergency management offices to cabinet-level departments and ministries—as well as humanitarian aid experts from the U.S. military, Japanese Self Defense Force (JSDF) and the private sector. Click here to find out more about our readiness programs.
To help mitigate natural disasters when they do occur, PWA partners with local NGOs on-site in affected countries to ensure that donor resources are used efficiently by those with expert knowledge of the communities we assist. Our relief programs focus on organizations that employ sustainable and culturally appropriate recovery solutions with an emphasis on strengthening readiness for future disasters. In the event of a disaster, our staff and NGO partners coordinate on-site relief, rehabilitation, and provide liaison assistance among local, national, and international responders. Click here to learn more about our disaster response work.
Peace Winds America was founded in 2008 by Dr. Charles Aanenson, who brings over 30 years of experience in the field of international aid and development, including leadership positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ford Foundation. During his post at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Dr. Aanenson identified a critical gap in disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance in the Asia Pacific. While many organizations provide disaster relief in this region, there is great need for better planning and collaboration to reduce the impact of natural disasters and to promote long-term sustainability for affected populations. Dr. Aanenson founded PWA to address these urgent needs.