Voluntary commitment

International Disaster Relief Response - Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunter Center

Description

As part of the organization’s wider peace building activities, Peace Boat commits to continue its emergency relief operations, delivering emergency assistance and raising funds, as well as coordinating the dispatch of experienced logisticians, interpreters and volunteer teams to affected areas all over the world.
The main platform of Peace Boat’s Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) is a rapid, sustained and continuous flow of volunteers to work in assisting communities affected by disaster. PBV’s emergency response operations focus on the training, deployment and coordination of volunteers in the belief that well-coordinated volunteers can provide essential practical support in the physical regeneration of disaster affected regions, and that the human solidarity they provide is a vital factor in the comprehensive recovery of the region. The key to the effectiveness of PBV’s volunteer management system is the equal emphasis that is placed on both the disaster area relief operations and the headquarter support operations, where volunteers are sourced and trained. This dual system is able to expand and contract in response to the situation and needs of the people we aim to assist.
Building on lessons learned in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami disaster, Peace Boat – while continuing its work in North-East Japan – is focusing longer-term on disaster relief and disaster risk reduction in a local, national and global context, with the following strategic goals:
1. Strengthen the capability and capacity of community and volunteer organizations through improving the management and coordination of volunteers
2. Strengthen the strategic role of the community and volunteers in all phases of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
3. Building disaster resilient communities – Communities cannot be resilient in isolation.

Targets

- Quick response to International disasters that provides relief in response to the situation and needs of the people we aim to assist
- To base our response on the needs of the people we aim to assist in a transparent and accountable manner based on a quality & accountability disaster relief project management cycle best practices
- A rapid, sustained and continuous flow of relief in line with the needs of the people we aim to assist
- A rapid, sustained and continuous flow of volunteers to work in assisting communities affected by disaster in line with the needs of the people we aim to assist
- Just in time training of spontaneous volunteers to work in assisting communities affected by disaster in line with the needs of the people we aim to assist
- Provision of trained and experienced volunteer leaders to efficiently and safely manage volunteers
- To be accountable to the people we aim to assist and volunteers

Indicators

-Number of volunteers trained
-Number of volunteer leaders trained
-Number of corporate volunteers trained
-Number of volunteers dispatched
-Number of volunteer leaders dispatched
-Number of corporate volunteers dispatched
-Number of volunteer working days
-Number of volunteer leader working days
-Number of corporate volunteer working days
-Number of homes/structures cleaned
-Number of kilometres of streets cleaned
-Number of square meters of public land cleaned
-Number of tonnes of debris removed
-Number of hot meals cooked and delivered
-Number of tonnes of supplies provided
-Value of supplies provided
-Number of tonnes of supplies distributed
-Number of businesses re-opened
-Number of locals employed
-Number of beneficiaries of psychosocial support
-Total number of beneficiaries
-Total value of relief provided

Means of verification

-Monitoring & Evaluation
-Beneficiary feedback
-Reports written on relief and response
-External Monitoring & Evaluation

Timeframe

March 2015 to Feb 2016 with expected extensions

Contact Person

Mr Takashi YAMAMOTO
President, Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunter Center

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