Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox exists to help as many of these people as possible. In the aftermath of a disaster ShelterBox delivers the essentials people need to begin rebuilding their lives.
ShelterBox doesn’t believe that one size fits all, so they make considered assessments to provide the exact support that gives people the hope and the power to transform their own lives. The aid supplied comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits.
The sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. The ShelterKits contain the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes such as cooking sets, solar lights and blankets.
After assessments, aid is delivered to families in need by whatever means necessary: air, sea or land. Aid is accompanied by highly-trained ShelterBox Response Teams, who work with local communities and partner with other organisations such as Rotary, government bodies or other aid agencies to make sure that they get the right support to the right people. To be able to act rapidly after disaster strikes ShelterBox has pre-positioned stock in strategic locations around the globe. This allows for an initial response to happen much more quickly.
ShelterBox has helped to rebuild communities after some of the largest natural disasters this century has seen, from the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 to the massive earthquakes that devastated Haiti in 2010 and Nepal in 2015. ShelterBox is however active 365 days a year, transforming lives after disasters that haven’t made the headlines.
ShelterBox and Rotary
ShelterBox began in 2000 when a Cornish Rotary Club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in the now iconic green ShelterBoxes. Since then, it has grown to become an internationally recognised disaster relief organisation. Today Rotary groups across the UK and globally continue to support ShelterBox in a range of ways, from raising money and awareness at home, to helping deliver the charity’s emergency aid to families in desperate need across the world. For more information go to https://www.shelterbox.org/