ShelterBox is an independent charitable organization with close affiliations to Rotary International. The organization responds to disasters by supplying whole family kits or by supplying specific items needed for rebuilding after catastrophe, such as earthquakes, typhoons, and civil wars.
Club member Tom Lloyd acts as a volunteer spokesman for ShelterBox, which our club has supported for the past 10 years. He pointed out that the organization has helped very large numbers of families, such as 11,000 families in West Africa, 35,000 families in East Africa, and over 50,000 in disaster areas in such countries as Syria, Iraq, and Indonesia.
From 2011 to 2018, there were 158 deployments in over 100 countries.
Tom noted that volunteers for ShelterBox field response teams undergo intensive training in order to prepare them to distribute supplies on the ground and not to use possibly corrupt local political organizations.
The organization is establishing a new category of ShelterBox hero, meaning groups that pledge to support ShelterBox at a meaningful level for at least three years. There is no question that our club would qualify, given its activity in the past, and we have every intention of continuing.