Club contributes to ShelterBox Relief in the Phillipines
The Club's contribution to ShelterBox deployments continues with 2 more of the Club's donated Boxes being sent to the Philippines in August, leaving 8 of the latest donated Boxes to be deployed. Picture (taken by Scott Robinson) shows the floods in August.
The need for ShelterBox is again sadly only too apparent currently in East Africa where hundreds of thousands of people are in dire need as the worst drought in 60 years coupled with conflict and famine has caused a major humanitarian emergency. There are more than 860,000 Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa region with thousands of refugees with very few belongings arriving in camps in Ethiopia and Kenya every day. Food, medicine, water and sanitation have been immediate priorities but the need for quality, emergency shelter is also very apparent. To date more than 8,000 ShelterBox tents have been distributed, housing around 8,000 families, making it the largest distribution of ShelterBox aid in response to one disaster this year. The scale of the crisis is such that ShelterBox is increasingly being asked to support the work of other international organisations such as the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), IOM (International Organisation for Migration), World Vision, Norwegian Refugee Council, the Ethiopian government and Save the Children.
So far this year ShelterBox have been deployed in 18 countries from the USA to New Zealand responding to disasters from conflict in Libia; Earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand, India and Turkey; Hurricanes, Cyclones, Typhoons and Flooding in Mexico, Philippines, USA, Colombia, Bolivia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Pakistan, South Korea and Thailand to chronic drought in Ethiopia and Kenya.
More information on ShelterBox can be seen here.