Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters, at the time when they need it the most. It is now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and the work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies.
The goal is to help 50,000 families per year. Since ShelterBox was founded, it has responded to over 200 natural or manmade disasters in almost 90 different countries and provided lifesaving aid for well over one million people.
Shelter Box delivers the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items - each box costs almost £600.
What is Shelterbox?
Shelter Box is a very worthy international disaster relief charity and Rotary International has been a long time supporter of the Shelterbox organisation. It has been supported over a number of years by Rotary Clubs throughout the UK and Ireland, including Banbridge. Shelterbox provides a practical and rapid response to emergencies occurring anywhere in the world, in particular through providing immediate shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected. Over many years they have been able to provide immediate practical relief in the aftermath of major disasters. In recent years, Shelter Box has been at the forefront of the international disaster emergency relief response to the earthquake in Pakistan, the earthquake in Haiti and most recently the earthquake and tsumami in Japan. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster in Haiti, thousands of Shelter Boxes were transported there together with a team of supporting staff. Likewise, a few months ago in Japan and with the massive level of homelessness, many families were only too happy to live in a Shelter Box tent with the associated essential equipment.
A shelter box is a large, lightweight and durable box which contains a range of items vital for sustaining life and health in the aftermath of a disaster. Each shelter box contains the following items: - a ten-person tent, custom made by Vango to a high specification - survival equipment including thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, mosquito nets as required - a water purification system, always vitally important - a basic tool kit including a hammer, saw, axe and much else - a wood burning/multi-fuel stove. - cooking essentials to include pans, pots, bowls, etc - a children’s pack to replace things children may have lost