The Rotary Club of Sandwich is an active supporter of Shelter Box
Shelterbox are shipping boxes from their stragic warehouses to the Caribbean after the devastation of the recent hurricans. The Rotary Club of Sandwich are funding a replacement box to go back into the stock.
The project partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox offers opportunities to collaborate in providing emergency shelter and vital supplies to stabilize, protect, and support communities affected by disasters and humanitarian crises.
ShelterBox is an international relief charity that provides immediate assistance to people affected by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict. With 18 international affiliates, ShelterBox provides shelter, lifesaving equipment, and educational materials to hard-hit communities worldwide. Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to more than 200 natural disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 countries, providing vital aid for well over 1 million people.
How do ShelterBox response teams operate?
A highly trained ShelterBox response team, composed mainly of volunteers, distributes ShelterBoxes at the site of a disaster, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies, and a global network of volunteers. Each ShelterBox, tailored to the particular disaster, typically contains a relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack, and other essential items. Distributions may also include SchoolBoxes containing essential tools for teachers and basic educational supplies for 50 children.
The image above shows the usual contents of a shelter box
The club has sponsered a number of shelter boxes and has a Shelter Box that has been used for demonstrations and is displayed each year at the Annual Duck Race. The United Reform Church in Sandwich has also sponsered a number of Shelter Boxes