ShelterBox responds to disasters around the world, providing the emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies families need to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. A typical ShelterBox contains a family tent, blankets, water purification, cooking utensils, a stove, a tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Team volunteers deliver aid, working with other international organizations and local partners.
ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the small town of Helston in Cornwall, UK. That same year the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard adopted it as its millennium project. In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International's first project partner. The global support from the Rotary network is a cornerstone that ShelterBox is built on.
- The fundraising efforts by Rotarians make up a significant proportion of donations received by ShelterBox.
- Rotary Clubs provide invaluable logistical support to field operations: Typically, it is Rotarians who are the first point of contact for the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members when they arrive in a country affected by a disaster.
- At present, all of the ShelterBox national affiliates have been set up by Rotarians or Rotaracters.
Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside is a long term supporter of ShelterBox since. Between 2008-2016, the Club and its members have sponsored 14 ShelterBoxes (±US$1000 each).
- Eleven of these ShelterBoxes have been deployed: in Cameroon (#12218, #12219), Congo (#8197), Haiti (#2130), Kenya (#7507), Myanmar/Burma (#522), Nepal (#10064), Niger (#1712, #11571, #11572), and North Korea (#8885).
- The other three Harbourside-sponsored ShelterBoxes will be placed in forward staging areas, awaiting deployment.