ShelterBox is Rotary’s contribution to aiding the victims of earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis and other natural disasters by distributing boxes of aid.
Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The cost of a box is $1000, including delivery direct to those who need it.
Highly trained ShelterBox response teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief.
Now, ShelterBox International, headquartered in the UK, has announced plans to establish a stockpile of resources in Australia ready for distribution anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region in times of disaster. ShelterBox is currently searching for a facility capable of housing a mix of 5000 boxes and tents as a part of a worldwide strategic reserve.
Such a storage depot will enable the prompt delivery of vital aid relief into vast areas of the Asia-Pacific, including within Australia itself. ShelterBox will have the capacity for immediate response with aid to provide shelter and humanitarian comfort for up to 5000 families.
Rotary Clubs around Australia are being urged to support a major fundraising effort to help ShelterBox Australia secure the storage facility it needs and to stock it with ShelterBoxes. For more information, visit http://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/
Above: Bangladesh 2007 – ShelterBox delivers emergency shelter boxes to people whose homes were destroyed in a cyclone.
Below: A typical ShelterBox