Shelter Box is a worldwide Rotary Project. Shelter Box responds to natural disasters and also to civil unrest. It provides shelter for those who need it. The boxes contain a tent and essential supplies for a family.
Shelter Box primarily focuses on third world countries and it has been in operation for 20 years. Around the world there are 85 million people who have been made homeless by natural disasters or civil strife. The tents are now partitioned to give privacy to women who are breast feeding or menstruating. Ten people can fit comfortably into a tent, however under the UN Human Rights charter every person must have four metres of space. But that does not work in these countries. Realistically there will be ten people in a tent.
Shelter Box also has repair kits which cost $100. A Shelter Box costs $1000.
Shelter Box is constantly assessing what they do to ensure that they meet the needs of their beneficiaries.
“The partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox has provided a place of refuge to people facing some of the most difficult and uncertain moments in their lives.”
– John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International