Press Releases
Mar 1, 2010 - Fundraising for disaster relief after Chile earthquake
At 3:34 am on February 27 (local time), an earthquake of (M)8.8 struck the central part of Chile. As at one day after the earthquake over 700 people have been killed, and and tens of thousands of people have lost their homes. It is feared that these numbers will increase even more.

After this terrible tragedy, Peace Boat has launched a fundraising effort for emergency relief for those affected by the disaster in Chile.

Since the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, Peace Boat has long been involved in large-scale disaster relief efforts beyond national borders, including after the tsunami which hit Sri Lanka and the recent earthquake in Haiti. Our aid is particularly directed to those in regions and communities which are difficult to be reached by local authorities.

The needs of affected communities at the time of natural disasters changes seriously with every day. Peace Boat pledges to, based on our past experiences, work together with the network of local partner organisations nurtured over many years of directly visiting the community, to work together with local NGOs to deliver aid which can reach those who are most in need. Peace Boat's main partner in this effort is CODEFF, a Chilean NGO currently conducting emergency relief efforts in the city of Concepcion.

Peace Boat's current 68th Global Voyage is also planned to visit the port of Valparaiso in central Chile. We are thus also considering, upon confirmation of safety, to directly deliver aid to those affected in Chile.

Donation procedures for Chile Disaster Relief Fund:

Postal transfer account (yuubin furikae kouza): 00180-6-705651
Account name: Peace Boat UPA
*Please write "Chile" in the comments column

OR

JP Bank: 019 Branch, Account number 705651
Peace Boat UPA
*Please write "Chile" before the name of transferee

See here for instructions in Japanese

*A proportion of the funds may be used for minimal adminsitration expenses involved in providing the post-disaster relief.

For enquiries about this release...
Peace Boat Office (Tel:03-3363-8047/Fax:03-3363-7562)