ShelterBox and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have been working together in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake to help return displaced families to their communities, successfully closing down 28 camps.
In the aftermath of the quake that severely damaged the already impoverished Haiti, ShelterBox was quick to respond and help thousands of affected people. Through its partnership with IOM, the disaster relief charity helped affected families by distributing ShelterBoxes which include tents, water filters, kitchen sets and other lifesaving equipment.
‘Back then, ShelterBox aid was widely being used to encourage families to return home, particularly at a time when eviction threats were plummeting and when there were no real sustainable solutions in place,’ said Emmanuel Gay, IOM Camp Management Operations Unit (CMO) Project Manager. ‘This form of return support was then used as a temporary solution.
‘Beneficiaries would be given a ShelterBox provided they had an appropriate space to set it up on, be it with a family member, friend or on other available land. ‘
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