A devastating super typhoon is due to hit the Luzon district of the Phiippines today
As I write this evening, a horrendously powerful typhoon is heading toward the Philippines. By the time you read this, the people of Luzon region will be experiencing the terrible destructive power of the strongest storms to make landfall this year.
Our Operations department has been monitoring the storm and has a Response Team mobilised and on standby. They have reached out to Rotary contacts in the region to understand how we can help quickly. We have enough shelter aid stored locally in the Philippines to help 2,000 families, but this is unlikely to be enough.
I have been warmed by the generous response to our Lombok Appeal and would like to thank all those that have given recently; but the fact remains that, with Response Teams already active in seven countries, Typhoon Mangkhut is going to leave is stretched.
This newsletter contains some great success stories, tales of hope and strength that wouldn’t be possible without the support of people like you. If you’re not in a position to give today, please tell your friends about ShelterBox, share our posts on Facebook and Instagram and share our vision of a world where no family is left without shelter following disaster.
This month’s quote comes from Miguel de Cervantes, “Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.”
Many thanks for your support
Mike Greenslade, CEO ShelterBox Australia
Lombok – Earthquake
The disaster response in Lombok is being led by the Indonesian Government. We currently have a team of four in Lombok, including Australian volunteer and Rotoractor, Katelyn Winkworth. The team is working in partnership with local Rotary clubs, helping to run training sessions and assisting with delivering aid to families. So far, together with those local Rotary groups, we have helped 449 families across north and west Lombok, in over 80 dusans (communities). We are hoping to help many more families over the coming weeks. Maternity and postnatal clinics in west Lombok have also received tents.
Read more here: https://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/lombok-earthquake/
Kenya – Floods
ShelterBox has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the Kenyan Red Cross but strict government restrictions on the importation of single use plastics led to a delay in the importation of ShelterBox aid. Having repacked aid in Belgium and Dubai, a Response Team is now overseeing the importation and distribution of 2000 ShelterKits. To date 648 households have received aid in Kalifi. More distributions are due to take place in Tana River once the aid arrives.
Ethiopia – Displacement
Inter-community violence in Southern Ethiopia has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. The influx of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) in some areas has nearly doubled population. Prior to the new displacement, this area was already one of the most densely populated parts of the country. Humanitarian needs are huge. Thousands of people are displaced into crowded and unsuitable collective centres in public buildings. Other people are sleeping outside, with little or no protection from the weather. Our team has been coordinating with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to compile beneficiary lists for two proposed areas. They are speaking with community leaders, in those areas, to bring together plans for how to distribute the aid.
ShelterBox continues to work in Cameroon, Chad, Iraq, Niger, Nigeria, Somaliland and Syria.
Support the ‘ShelterBox Solution’ and help families who have lost everything to disaster. Please ………..
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Larapinta Trek 2019
Go the extra mile for disaster relief! Join ShelterBox Australia CEO, Mike Greenslade on the adventure of a lifetime and trek the stunning Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory. The Larapinta Trail is regarded as one of Australia’s premier walking tracks. From the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station to the peak of Mount Sonder, the trail stretches 223 kilometres along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Over 5 days of trekking, you will cover 60 kilometres of this iconic track.
Shine for ShelterBox
Host a dinner party for people who need light in their lives!
When disasters strike and power lines go down, families are left vulnerable, wrenched away from comfort and light.
ShelterBox provides essential relief to people who have lost everything. Every ShelterBox we send includes solar lights that can brighten lives in the darkest hour.
It’s easy to help. Just request a free Shine for ShelterBox fundraising kit and we’ll post one to you in time to plan your event.
As you dine, you’ll be raising money to provide light and emergency shelter for families who need it most.
Click here to find out more: https://www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au/shine-for-shelterbox/
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