Shelterbox

Starting as the brainchild of one Rotarian with the support of his Rotary club in year 2000 – ShelterBox has grown to become the largest Rotary Club project in the 100 year history of the organisation.

ShelterBox is an organisation that instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.

Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

The cost of a box is $1,000, including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the website.

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, providing emergency shelter for the people who need it most on every continent.

Rotarian support currently contributes an estimated 50% of ShelterBox donations. Around 5,000 rotary clubs worldwide have supported ShelterBox since it was launched. Recognising this worldwide support from the Rotary community, ShelterBox was designated as a Global Rotary Club Project in 2009. Logos with this designation will now appear on all ShelterBoxes, tents, blankets and ancillary materials.

Rotarians underpin many of the essential activities of ShelterBox including:
•    Donations - vital to funding ShelterBox disaster relief efforts
•    Support in promoting the work of ShelterBox by speaking to clubs, schools & community groups
•    Volunteering in all fields from packing boxes, to admininstrative support and fundraising assistance
•    Participation in volunteer ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) deployed to disasters worldwide to deliver aid
•    Extensive support to SRTs arriving in disaster affected countries. Help often encompasses customs clearance,  logistics, transport, accommodation and essential local knowledge and connections
•    Staff, management and leadership of the organisation as employees or volunteer trustees and directors