ShelterBox Disaster Relief Shelters

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Rotarians provide relief anywhere when earthquake, tsunami, storms, hurricanes, wars or other disasters distroy communities. 

 

Rotary Club of Tsawwassen contributes to support ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity, whose mission is: "To provide humanitarian aid worldwide in the form of shelter, warmth and comfort for people displaced by natural and other disasters."

 

The most recent contributions by Tsawwassen Rotarians provide shelter for displaced families in Somalia. The aid is provided in the form of ShelterBoxes, large plastic tote boxes containing a 10-person tent, blankets, water purification tablets, cooking equipment, basic tools and multi-fuel stove. Every box is individually numbered and can be tracked to the final destination.

 

ShelterBox has provided shelter for 500,000-plus people worldwide. Each box costs approximately $1200 - including all materials, packing, storage, transport worldwide and distribution. Assuming six month's use, this equates to shelter and warmth for less than 30 cents per person per day.

 

The idea was conceived in the UK where ShelterBox is a registered charity administered by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. By working through local Rotary clubs in the countries where disasters have occurred, ShelterBox often gets aid where it is needed faster than any other organisation.

 

Approximately 50% of funding comes as direct public donations; the remaining money is raised by Rotary Clubs worldwide.

 

Photo above by Mark Pearson, to see more pictures of ShelterBoxes around the World click HERE and select "Slideshow".

 

To learn more about ShelterBox Canada click HERE.

 

To read about the ShelterBox response to Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh click HERE.