|Type||Humanitarian aid charity|
|Slogan||Shelter - Warmth - Dignity|
Each ShelterBox typically contains a tent designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, water purification kit, blankets, tools, and other necessities to help a family survive after a disaster. The contents of a ShelterBox are tailored to the nature and location of the disaster.
ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in Helston in Cornwall, UK. That same year the Rotary club of Helston-Lizard adopted it as its millennium project.
The first consignment of 143 boxes was sent to earthquake victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Over the next three years the project matured and by the end of 2004 nearly 2,600 boxes had been dispatched, following 16 major disasters. The company significantly expanded its work in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
Since 2000, the charity has responded to just under 200 natural or man-made disasters in 75 different countries.
In 2010, the Australian and Canadian branches of ShelterBox split from the main organization and formed new organizations called Disaster Aid Australia and Disaster Aid Canada, respectively. However, new teams in Australia and Canada were immediately put in place and the charity's work was unaffected by the breakaway groups.
Currently, ShelterBox has branches in the United States, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Luxemburg, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, South Africa, Indonesia and the Philippines, along with a branch associated with the Scouts.
In August 2012, the Board of Directors of ShelterBox removed Tom Henderson as CEO, stating it was a unanimous decision. In February 2013, Alison Wallace was appointed CEO of ShelterBox after her position as director of international fundraising at Amnesty International.
Responding to disasters
ShelterBox has tracking systems to monitor weather systems around the globe and anticipate the likely scale of hurricanes and cyclones. In addition, an earthquake alert system gives immediate notice of any seismic activity that could result in a humanitarian disaster. ShelterBox has strong relationships with international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide who also relay information when they become aware of an urgent need for shelter.
ShelterBox aims to get the first shipment of boxes dispatched to a disaster area within 2–3 days where a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) meets it. ShelterBox tries to get to the disaster as quickly as possible and aims to be one of the first organizations on the ground.
ShelterBox relies entirely on donations to make their work possible. About half of the funds come direct from the UK public, the rest is raised by international affiliates.
ShelterBox has also recently joined a network of experts who can be called on by the UK Government in times of international crisis, such as famine, floods and earthquakes. The new facility allows organisations with experience in disaster response to access funding within hours, thereby reaching affected people faster and saving more lives. It will mean the best organisations from across the UK can be mobilised in the critical first 72 hours following a disaster.
Public donations continue to be of vital importance to ShelterBox as the new Rapid Response Fund will only be activated in the event of a large-scale crisis.
Links with other organisations
Rotary International signed an agreement with ShelterBox in March 2012 which increases their joint capacity to help families around the world displaced by disaster.
The agreement formalises the twelve-year bond between the two organisations and cements the place of Rotarians around the world at the heart of ShelterBox activities. It is the first time that any organisation has become an officially recognised ‘Project Partner’ of Rotary International.
Rotary clubs across Great Britain and Ireland raise around £1.5 million each year for the charity and some Rotarians are ShelterBox Response Team members who go out to disaster areas and provide hands-on help during times of need. These disasters can be anything from dealing with the aftermath of tsunamis to helping refugees from war-torn countries who have fled conflict.
In 2000, the Rotary club of Helston-Lizard adopted ShelterBox as its millennium project. It has since become one of the world’s leading humanitarian aid charities providing emergency shelter and supplies to over 107,000 families worldwide following disaster.
In May 2009 ShelterBox launched an official partnership with The Scout Association. This relationship offers the opportunity to engage scouts with worldwide issues such as natural disasters, man-made conflict and humanitarian aid, encouraging groups to contribute positively to a global society. For example, Scout groups joined the ShelterBox organization in its response to the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake in Italy, as well as the violent protests in east Kenya in 2008. In August 2011, at the World Scout Jamboree held at Rinkaby/Kristianstad, Sweden, ShelterBox France entered into an official partnership with the Scouts et Guides de France.
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