Kumamoto Japan Earthquake

Timeframe: 2016-Present

In April 2016, Rumiko faced a difficult decision. Two devastating earthquakes, magnitude 6.5 and 7.3 shook Japan’s Kumamoto prefecture. Not only did she lose her home, but her husband’s business lay buried beneath a mound of rubble. The two were among 80,00 displaced individuals seeking shelter. She reached an evacuation shelter with a broken leg, pinned by a book shelf during the quakes. She owned three dogs, but there was no room for pets. To keep their family together, Rumiko and her husband spent the next three months living out of a car. Months later there is still much that can be done to assist the people of Kumamoto.


Even after the April 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes hundreds of families remain displaced, despite government efforts to provide housing for evacuees, outside assistance will be needed for years. Besides housing, women, children, and elderly have needs including counseling, community activities, pet care, and transportation needs.


In Kumamoto Peace Winds provides temporary housing camps for vulnerable evacuees – pregnant women, disabled people, the elderly, families with pets, and those with children. Peace Winds supports evacuees as they move to government-built housing and provides families who lost everything with supplies to set up new homes. Peace Winds is helping communities recover socially and economically.

Long Term Impact

In Kumamoto, hundreds of evacuees will be living in housing sites for a prolonged period. Peace Winds is providing stable, supportive living environments so that families and communities can recover long-term. The elderly and families often need assistance and encouragement to overcome devastating setbacks-Peace Winds provides the help and hope to attain individual, family and community resilience.

Kumamoto Earthquake updates from our Blog

Kumamoto Communities Continue on the Road to Recovery
The earthquakes struck Kumamoto in April 2016.  Yet over 1,500 households are... Read more >
Peace Winds America Special Donor Recognition
Peace Winds America appreciates and values our donors, whether businesses, organizations, foundations,... Read more >
Pets Need Shelter in Kumamoto
Pets sheltered by Dog Rescue Kumamoto Caring for Humans and Their Pets... Read more >
Community Events Bring Hope to Kumamoto Earthquake Victims
Decorating a Christmas tree at a community gathering “There are still a... Read more >
PWA contributes to a Mashiki community remembrance
Household Supplies for New Homes
Distributing heating carpets while kids play Peace Winds staff visited Kumamoto in... Read more >
Kumamoto Transitions from Camps to Temporary Housing
Helping evacuees move to government housing For the past five months Kumamoto... Read more >