Rotary’s global partner in disaster relief, ShelterBox, provides emergency shelter and other essential items to support people in staying healthy in adverse circumstances as well as forming a critical part of prevention, mitigation, and recovery efforts.
Rotary plays a vital role in responses that ShelterBox carries out – from helping with transporting aid into the countries, to clubs introducing them to the local communities and even providing hands-on support to the teams.
ShelterBox and Rotary are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges, including the changes in climate and weather that impact the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities globally.
There are 14 different international ShelterBox teams across the world, all of which were set up by dedicated Rotary volunteers.
There are 14 different international Shelterbox teams across the world. All of which were set up by dedicated Rotary volunteers.”
Rotary clubs across the world support ShelterBox. One club that made a difference to the recovery mission after an earthquake in Haiti was Rotary of Les Cayes.
Les Cayes Rotarians shared on ground information and approved existing information regarding the earthquake before ShelterBox arrived in the country.
The club also supported the ShelterBox team in finding accommodation, which was a challenge in itself due to the high demand by humanitarian agencies.
The club distributed food, clothes and personal care items as well as medical support. Therefore, helping ShelterBox expand its reach and skills capacity.”
Local Rotary clubs not only help ShelterBox with information and accommodation but also through hands-on support. After two consecutive hurricanes hit Central America, ShelterBox partnered with the local Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula to support locals with clearing and repairing their devastated homes.
The club distributed food, clothes, and personal care items as well as medical support. Therefore, helping ShelterBox expand its reach and skills capacity.
Denmark Rotary 100 year anniversary. The connection between the club and ShelterBox has been there from the start of ShelterBox as the club is the founding group for ShelterBox Denmark in 2007.
With the support of Rotary and ShelterBox’s hard work over 140,000 people have been supported, this includes 28,000 families, as of November 2021.