Providing safe drinking water and humanitarian aid in disaster zones

Aquabox is a community project set up and managed by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth to provide safe drinking water, through the use of filtration units, and humanitarian aid to crisis zones around the world. Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 105,000 boxes to over 50 countries, covering almost every natural disaster and helping hundreds of thousands of people. As well as a water-filtration unit, each Aquabox contains more than 70 humanitarian aid items, including cooking utensils, hygiene equipment, tools, shelter materials, baby and children's clothing and educational items.

Over 70 loyal volunteers of all ages give up their time for free to assemble the water filters and pack the boxes. In addition there is a whole army of dedicated supporters who knit toys, jumpers and blankets and collect and donate sheets, pillowcases, towels, babies and children's clothing.  

To Find Out More

To find out more go to the Aquabox website, or follow us on Facebook. or why not come and visit the Aquabox depot in Wirksworth and see the work we do.  If you would like further information, or are interested in arranging a visit, please use the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

How You Can Help

The charity relies entirely on the kind donations we receive from our many supporters as well as fundraising to purchase the boxes and their contents. To fill the boxes we need a constant supply of knitted toys, jumpers and blankets (1 metre square), as well as sheets, pillowcases and towels, babies and children's clothing (boys and girls up to age 7-8).  If you have anything you would like to donate, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

You can donate to Aquabox through JustGiving - go to our page here.  You will also find a number of people who are seeking sponsorship for their cycle ride from Lyon to Monaco in September, as part of our corporate arrangement with the Derbyshire firm Advance Lighting. 

There is also have a Text Giving option to donate money to Aquabox. Text AQBX01 to 70070 stating the amount you wish to donate. You will get an acknowledgement and the option to add Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer.

Thank you for considering Aquabox for your next donation.