14th Aug, 2020

ShelterBox helping those most in need in world-wide Covid fight

Ian Hughes 13th Jul, 2020

INTERNATIONAL disaster relief organisation ShelterBox is helping those most in need in the fight against coronavirus.

Warwick Rotary Club members recently heard how the charity – which provides emergency shelter and other essential items to families who have lost their homes to disasters – was supporting people.

ShelterBox is currently active in nine areas around the world, although global travel restrictions are making it tougher to support communities.

But ShelterBox’s links with local partners, combined with storage of shelter materials and tools in locations globally, means they are still able to get shelter to families who need it.

Lucy Carr, rotary engagement manager from ShelterBox, joined a Zoom meeting of Warwick Rotarians to tell them how the charity was responding to the pandemic.

“When you lose your home after a disaster or in a conflict, your ability to stay safe and healthy is already compromised.

“Right now at ShelterBox we’re adapting how we work, as coronavirus creates a whole new level of risk for vulnerable families who have lost their homes.

“In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, ShelterBox are using their experience and expertise in new ways – providing shelter to help slow the spread of coronavirus in crowded camps and towns.

“With adequate shelter families can self-isolate; household items like cooking sets, blankets and water filters will help reduce sharing between families and providing washbasins and soap alongside healthcare messaging will help families stay as healthy as possible.”

Warwick Rotary Club has donated £500 to ShelterBox, and Rotarian Camille Sethi will be running a half marathon on Sunday (July 19), in aid of the charity.

To donate to Camille’s effort visit JustGiving/fundraising/camille-sethi or cheer her on from Market Square at 9am, returning to the racecourse about 11am.

ShelterBox was started in 2000 by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. Today the charity is now a formal partner to Rotary International. Over the past 20 years ShelterBox has supported the recovery of over 1.5 million people after disasters across 97 countries.

Operations are currently underway in Syria, Somaliland, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Philippines.

Visit www.shelterbox.org for further details.

Warwick Rotary Club members recently heard how the charity – which provides emergency shelter and other essential items to families who have lost their homes to disasters – was supporting people.

ShelterBox is currently active in nine areas around the world, although global travel restrictions are making it tougher to support communities.

But ShelterBox’s links with local partners, combined with storage of shelter materials and tools in locations globally, means they are still able to get shelter to families who need it.

Lucy Carr, rotary engagement manager from ShelterBox, joined a Zoom meeting of Warwick Rotarians to tell them how the charity was responding to the pandemic.

“When you lose your home after a disaster or in a conflict, your ability to stay safe and healthy is already compromised.

“Right now at ShelterBox we’re adapting how we work, as coronavirus creates a whole new level of risk for vulnerable families who have lost their homes.

“In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, ShelterBox are using their experience and expertise in new ways – providing shelter to help slow the spread of coronavirus in crowded camps and towns.

“With adequate shelter families can self-isolate; household items like cooking sets, blankets and water filters will help reduce sharing between families and providing washbasins and soap alongside healthcare messaging will help families stay as healthy as possible.”

Warwick Rotary Club has donated £500 to ShelterBox, and Rotarian Camille Sethi will be running a half marathon on Sunday (July 19), in aid of the charity.

To donate to Camille’s effort visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/camille-sethi or cheer her on from Market Square at 9am, returning to the racecourse about 11am.

ShelterBox was started in 2000 by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. Today the charity is now a formal partner to Rotary International. Over the past 20 years ShelterBox has supported the recovery of over 1.5 million people after disasters across 97 countries.

Operations are currently underway in Syria, Somaliland, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Vanuatu, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Philippines.

Visit www.shelterbox.org for further details.

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