ShelterBox in Sahel: Working Partnerships in Niger and Mali

Representatives from various aid agencies that ShelterBox has been working with on deployment in Niger at a tent demonstration class led by the Response Team, September, 2012.
Representatives from various aid agencies that ShelterBox has been working with on deployment in Niger at a tent demonstration class led by the Response Team, September, 2012.

 

Various aid agencies working with ShelterBox in Niger in its response to the recent flooding, food insecurity and conflict have been undertaking tent training led by one of the disaster relief charity’s Response Teams. 

Representatives from Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), Red Cross, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), as well as the Niger Civil Protection and Fire Brigade, attended a tent demonstration class with ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members John Cordell (US) and Laura Jepson (UK) last weekend.

‘It was a great opportunity for some of the other organisations we have been liaising with to see ShelterBox disaster relief tents first hand,’ said Laura. ‘It was also a fantastic opportunity to train a team of people in preparation for upcoming distributions as ensuring tents are set up correctly is the key to their longevity.’

ShelterBox has been in Niger responding to numerous disasters including flooding that have affected an estimated 400,000 people, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The floods have also destroyed hundreds of hectares of rice fields in the country, which is already facing a food crisis along with others in the Sahel region of West Africa including Mali.

Read more here: SAHEL

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