Disaster relief

The Aquabox journey to the Bahamas

The Aquabox journey to the Bahamas

Nearly a month after Hurricane Dorian carved a treacherous swathe through the Bahamas, officials say there are still 600 people missing. However, relief efforts in the islands are fully underway, which a number of Rotary-led charities at the heart of the humanitarian effort.

The Rotary charity Aquabox is now working with Rotarians in the Bahamas to ensure its consignment of water filters reach those in need.

Hurricane Dorian flattened homes in the Bahamas when it made landfall on September 1st, leaving thousands of residents without power and running water.

The official death toll stands at 56, but there are several hundreds more people still unaccounted for as rescue teams work to clear the mountains of rubble where homes once stood.

For the Derbyshire-based charity, Aquabox, their shipment of 15 Aqua 12s (180 family filters) and 10 Community Filters were collected from the Aquabox depot by SOS on September 18th and delivered to Heathrow Airport.

From there, the shipment was air freighted to Miami by British Airways.

The charity’s partner agency, Tropical Transfer, managed the customs process and transfer to Miami docks.

The shipment was then moved by sea since only charter flights were available to the islands at this time, and this arrived at Freeport on September 23rd.

The distribution from Freeport is being overseen by PharmaChem Technologies.

“We would like to thank Chief Executive Officer, Randy Thompson, and Managing Director Andy Danvers for their help with this,” said Aquabox Trustee, Roz Adamson.

“PharmaChem and local Rotary personnel are undertaking the management of instruction in the use and maintenance of the filters.

“Our filters have the potential to provide safe drinking water to 5,000 people.”

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 110,000 boxes.”

Aquabox is a community project set up by Wirksworth Rotary in Derbyshire 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 110,000 boxes to over 50 countries in response to natural and man-made disasters, helping hundreds of thousands of people in the process.

Rotary members and The Rotary Foundation play a unique role in disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts.