Kumamoto Communities Continue on the Road to Recovery

The earthquakes struck Kumamoto in April 2016.  Yet over 1,500 households are still living in temporary housing communities.  It is uncertain when families can leave their temporary homes, which causes undue stress and burden. This uncertainty can lead to isolation and withdrawal, especially for the elderly.

Working with local Township Leaders, local NGOs, and volunteers, Peace Winds is providing a variety of community building and engagement activities at 18 community centers throughout the housing complexes. These events are a powerful tool in helping build communities and encouraging neighbors to care for one another. Using your generous donations, PWA has continued to help these housing communities by continuing to provide a variety of activities, including cooking, arts and crafts, massages, seasonal festivals, and mental health workshops to help residents cope with living long-term in temporary housing.

Residents participate in an activity

Peace Winds is continuing to provide support to pets and pet owners. Peace Winds provided funds to two pet shelters, supporting expanded facilities, improved living conditions, and increased staff and veterinary care. Peace Winds has facilitated visits between owners and their dogs over the last several months and hopes to continue providing this assistance.

Global Giving is currently matching ALL donations to Kumamoto Recovery–dollar for dollar–up to $33,000! Click here to double your impact and help the leaders, volunteers, and the residents and their pets currently living in temporary housing communities.

Our sincerest gratitude — arigatou gozaimashita!

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