ShelterBox eNewsletter March 2020

All of our lives are being affected by Covid-19 in some way, but those living in refugee camps or in makeshift settlements are particularly vulnerable.

We live in strange and challenging times. The Covid-19 outbreak is affecting everyone to some degree. Rightly, our priority is the health of our staff, volunteers and supporters. We encourage everyone to follow directives from government sources, stay safe and healthy.

Here in Australia, we are lucky: we are well-resourced and have a world-class health system; we are able to self-quarantine at home and care for ourselves and each other. But for people who are already homeless due to conflict or disaster and no access to healthcare, Corona virus is a new and deadly threat.

How can we help? Tents and shelter are now more important than ever to help people isolate themselves when they have lost their homes and help to limit the spread of Coronavirus. ShelterBox remains committed to reaching the most remote communities and to support them to get through the current outbreak.

Much of our protracted work is largely unaffected in the short-term: our work continues in Syria and Somaliland and upcoming projects in Cameroon and Ethiopia remain on course. Travel restrictions may affect our ability to respond to sudden-onset disasters, but we have aid strategically pre-positioned and our deployable roles are set-up to work remotely.

So, challenging times ahead; but as a disaster relief agency, we are determined to maintain and protect our ability to respond.

This month’s quote comes from Jimi Hendrix, “”Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

Many thanks for your support

Mike Greenslade

CEO ShelterBox Australia

0459 959 501

mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

 

Philippines – Typhoon Kammuri

A response team member demonstrates how to use a Luminaid solar light.

In early December Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Typhoon Tisoy, ripped through the Philippines and many people across Northern Samar were severely affected. Coastal communities were hit the most and beaches were covered in the debris of destroyed homes. Electricity was wiped out, roads washed away and scores of fishing boats, the main source of livelihoods, were smashed to pieces.

Working through our Philippines office and local Rotary clubs, we supported over 2,500 families whose homes were either damaged or totally destroyed. NSW-based Response Team volunteer, Anthony Keating has recently returned from Northern Samar as part of a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) team.

The team undertook post-distribution monitoring activities, including surveys and conducting focus group discussions with communities who received a ShelterBox aid package. They were also able to evaluate the cash element of the project with communities who received a cash component.​

Unfortunately, due to restrictions introduced by the Philippines due to Coronavirus, the team were unable to visit some of the communities where they had planned to undertake PDM activities. Due to this, the team departed early before areas of the Philippines entered a lock down period.​

Somaliland – Drought

Ongoing drought and conflict have forced communities to move increasingly large distances to find fresh food for their animals, creating an estimated 2.6million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The first phase of distributions to 1,200 households is now complete. A second phase is planned to support around 540 households, with the aid for the second phase currently in transit.​

A team recently deployed to Somaliland to review the response and consider the changing context with our project partner ActionAid, as well as with the government and other humanitarian agencies. The team also joined a distribution of ShelterBox aid with the ActionAid team.​

Syria – Conflict

The ongoing civil war in Syria has left over 13 million people in Syria in need of humanitarian assistance. In 2020, there has been renewed air-strikes and artillery incursions focused on the last rebel stronghold, Idlib. This has resulted in additional mass displacement of civilians fleeing from the violence in Idlib. A ceasefire has been in place since early March, which is currently still holding.​ Since 1st Dec 2019, it is reported that 950,000 people have been displaced.​

ShelterBox has helped over 50,000 families fleeing the conflict and plans are well underway to support a further 4,233 households. Work will continue with our partners, Relief Aid and Bahar Organisation.

Safiya’s Story

We lost our livestock”, said 40-year-old Safiya as she sits next to her temporary house. Speaking to ActionAid, ShelterBox’s implementing partner in Somaliland, she said she had to carry their limp bodies from her home out to a field every time they passed away. The harshest drought to hit the Horn of Africa in two decades has killed off all of her sheep and goats. “Even our donkeys have died”, said Safiya.

Dharyaalay village in the eastern part of the Togdheer region of Somaliland, where Safiya had lived for the past 20 years, suffered from the most extreme drought in recent history. The drought resulted in hundreds of thousands of vulnerable rural communities in Somaliland losing their livelihoods.

We’ve had droughts there in the past, but I don’t remember one as bad as the one that has forced me to become displaced”, said Safiya as she pointed towards her temporary house.

Safiya is living with hundreds of families in a camp for internally displaced people. She said they all agreed that they are used to seeing a shortage or lack of rain, but insist that they have never experienced one as hostile as the one that has killed their livestock and forced them leave their homes.

We have no proper shelter. Until only recently have we been able to build a temporary house out of cartons and plastic bags”, she said.

Safiya has nine children, five daughters and four boys. They find it difficult to sleep in their current shelter. They either sleep outside under the stars, or together inside with no comfort or privacy.

I have no choice, it’s me alone who is the head of the house and takes care of the children”. Her husband passed away four years before, but she gets some help from her relatives. With this help she manages to get the basic necessities of life including water and food. “Sometimes we don’t get enough money to buy batteries for the small torch we use for lighting”, said Safiya.

We had two blankets only and we used to share them. Every night there were disputes as everyone needed a blanket to keep them warm. At times, I did not sleep day and night as my house was not protecting me from the cold and the two blankets were being used by my children. I used to worry whenever the sky collects clouds fearing the rain would smash my temporary house.”

In August 2019, Safiya collected a ShelterBox which contained two tarpaulins, rope, solar lights, mosquito nets, five blankets, a water filter and a kitchen set. Upon collecting the aid item, she said:

This has helped my family a lot in getting light, giving enough blankets, and preventing security risks. Now I don’t have to worry as everyone has a blanket, the whole family can gather in one place and chat each with the help of the solar lights, thank you to those who donated this important kit.”

 

Support families affected by disaster and crisis. Please ………..

EFT: Bendigo Bank: ShelterBox Australia: BSB 633 000: Account no. 166 780 163 (please email sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au to notify us of your donation and receive your tax receipt).

Cheques can be mailed to: ShelterBox Australia, PO Box 254, Parramatta, NSW, 2124All donations above $2 are fully tax-deductible.

 

 

Newsletter – September 18

 

eNewsletter September 2018

ShelterBox is proud to be a Project Partner of Rotary International

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

Mike Greenslade, CEO ShelterBox Australia

Deployment News

 

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 ………..

EFT: Westpac: ShelterBox Australia: BSB 032 189: Account no. 230 147 (please email sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au to notify us of your donation and receive your tax receipt).

Cheques can be mailed to: ShelterBox Australia, PO Box 254, Parramatta, NSW, 2124

All donations above $2 are fully tax-deductible

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.

https://inspiredadventures.com.au/events/sba_larapinta_2019/

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/

Earn Velocity Points on your donation with Points 4 Purpose

                           

In partnership with Everyday Hero and Imagine Corporation, we are thrilled to present Points 4 Purpose.

ShelterBox Australia supporters can earn 1 Velocity point for every dollar donated. All donations are tax-deductible too!

To take advantage of this exciting initiative, simply go to the Points4Purpose page on the Velocity eStore and choose ShelterBox Australia when they make your donation. 

 


 

 
 

 

                                                    
 

 

 

ShelterBox Australia Newsletter – November 17

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for sanctuary in Bangladesh

 

As world news continues to be dominated by the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar, I’m proud to say that newly qualified Australian ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer, Tommy Gray has deployed to help continue our response. Tommy typifies our volunteers, having already given up 2 weeks of his time to SRT selection and training, completed 50+ hours of pre-course study and put his hand up to help out with our recent USOPs course (see details below). He will now spend the next 3 weeks in Bangladesh helping some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Many of our other volunteers have been busy promoting ShelterBox and raising much-needed funds for disaster relief. These volunteers, like our donors, are an essential part of the ShelterBox team. If you would like to give some time to helping those affected by disaster, check out our website at:

https://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/  You may like to become an Ambassador, a Club Advocate or trek the Annapurna and raise funds. Whatever you chose, we’d love to have you on the team!

This month’s quote comes from H Jackson Brown Jnr, “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
 

DEPLOYMENTS

BANGLADESH – Floods and Rohingya Crisis

Recent Monsoon rains in Bangladesh were reportedly the worse for four decades, with a third of the country affected by flooding. According to the Shelter Cluster, overall response to the floods has been slow, with much effort diverted to the Rohingya Crisis in the South of the country. ShelterBox was one of the few actors responding to the floods in the North. Distributions are now complete, with 3000 families provided with emergency shelter and essential items like mosquito nets and solar lights. Our response would not have been possible without the help of The Rotary Club of Dhaka Kawran Bazar, The Rotary Club of Rhangpur and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

Recent violence in Rhakine state in Myanmar has prompted a rapid exodus of ethnic Rohingya across the border into South Eastern Bangladesh. According to Relief Web, 621,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since August 25th. ShelterBox is working with the International Organisation for Migration, who has distributed 8000 tarpaulins, blankets, water carriers and 8000 Luminaids. We are now looking to partner with local NGO, BRAC to further expand our response. Australian SRT volunteer, Tommy Gray has deployed to Bangladesh as part of this response.

CARIBBEAN – Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Hurricane Irma made landfall on northeast Caribbean islands during the early hours of 6 September. Two million people were exposed to winds in excess of 215 km/h.

ShelterBox Response Teams in the Caribbean continue the complex task of evaluating need and delivering emergency shelter to the families that desperately need it. In Antigua and Barbuda we have provided 147 ShelterKits and 123 tents, as well as household relief items such as water purifiers and carriers, solar lamps and mosquito nets.These efforts will support Barbudan returnees as they work to repair and rebuild their homes. 300 additional tents are in transit.

In Dominica the team is conducting post-distribution monitoring across the four communities in ShelterBox’s area of operations. Gaps not covered by the first distribution of ShelterKits have now been filled, with 498 households having benefitted from our support. The team has distributed 1435 solar lamps and other aid Items to affected households in the same communities.

In the Dominican Republic, the Habitat For Humanity team has been in the field for the past week, continuing training and distribution, and conducting post-distribution monitoring to ensure families are using the kits in the best way and progressing towards recovery. Latest confirmed numbers are 335 Shelter Kits distributed to families

Cameroon – Conflict

The militant group Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria since 2009. Violence has since spread into the border regions of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Since 2015, ShelterBox has been supporting remote distributions in Cameroon with the help of our in-country partner, IEDA Relief. Distributions have focussed on Minawao Refugee Camp and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) just outside the camp. 862 semi-durable shelters have been constructed (888 more will be constructed in the coming months). 445 AMG tents and other essential items have been distributed in Minawao camp. In addition, 100 SchoolBoxes, 5000 packs of school supplies and 1,032 Hygiene Kits have been distributed.

ShelterBox is also active in Somaliland, responding to drought and disease, and the Chad Basin, and Niger responding to conflict and displacement. Our long-term projects continue to help displaced families in Iraq and Syria.

FUNDRAISING & AMBASSADOR NEWS

Do you want to do something to help those in need?Join us on the ShelterBox Nepal Trek 2018 and help ensure no family goes without shelter following disaster or humanitarian crisis.

Trek the majestic Annapurna region and raise funds for ShelterBox. Every step you take you helps us rebuild communities after disaster strikes.

ShelterBox Australia has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you an enlightening and engaging experience. For details see:

https://inspiredadventures.com.au/events/ShelterBox-Nepal-Trek-2018/

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Rotary Club of Tenterfield – Jazz in the Bush

Tenterfield Rotary’s annual ‘Jazz in the Bush’ was held earlier this month with ShelterBox the chosen beneficiary. The event took place at the historic Steinbrook Hall and attendees were treated to champagne on arrival and a 3-course lunch with entertainment provided by jazz combo, The Essential Collective. The event was supported by local wine makers, the Brass Monkey Brewery and local food producers. Club members worked hard to create a fantastic event at a great location. It is hoped that the event will have raised over $2000 for disaster relief!

Understanding ShelterBox Operations (USOPs) Course, Brisbane

ShelterBox Australia held its first ‘Understanding ShelterBox Operations’ Course from 17th -19th November at the Allawah Scout Camp, near Ipswich, QLD. Otherwise known as ‘USOPs, the two and half day course aims to immerse participants in the complexities of disaster response and experience scenarios from real deployments. ShelterBox Australia CEO, Mike Greenslade said, “USOPs is a great opportunity for our volunteers and donors to get some hands experience with some the aid we deploy and gain an insight into the workings of a disaster relief deployment. We plan to run similar courses in the future at different locations around the country so that we can cater for our volunteer and donor base.”

If you’re running in the event and want to raise even more money for ShelterBox, why not create your own fundraising page at: Create Your Own Page

Have you held a successful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please send me the details, including images, for inclusion in the next newsletter and promotion on the ShelterBox Australia Blog at:

mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au
 

 

ShelterBox Australia September Newsletter

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ShelterBox Australia

 eNewsletter September 2014

ShelterBox is proud to be a Project Partner of Rotary International

Welcome to our monthly eNewsletter for ShelterBox Australia.

The Madressa family in Balinad, Philippines had been forced to seek shelter in a chicken coup before being given a ShelterBox tent

I recently returned from a deployment to the Philippines, helping families affected by Typhoon Rammasun (known locally as Glenda). It was a very rewarding and interesting exercise. Rewarding because we were able to help so many families and interesting because I saw firsthand the evolution of ShleterBox at work. We are no longer a ‘one size fits all’ organisation and have many options available to us when helping families affected by disaster. In the Albay province of the Philippines, those affected by Glenda were mostly the poorest of the poor, the elderly, sick and disabled.

You can read details and see images of my deployment on the ShelterBox Australia blog (click the link at the bottom the of the page) but it was the first time I’d not been distributing full boxes. The decision to do so was entirely appropriate, mainly to issues with equity (how can one family received a full box and their neighbour receive nothing just because they only lost a roof?). Also, by delivering tents only or Shelter Kits, we were able to help more families, many of which wouldn’t have qualified for a full box.

Whilst there will always be a need for Shelterboxes (several hundred are on their way to Nepal and Niger as I write), increasingly we are seeing the need for flexibility in our response.

Please consider making a donation to the ‘ShelterBox Solution’ today and help us help more families in desperate need.

This month’s quote comes from Dr Seuss, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Many thanks for your support

Mike

Mike Greenslade

General Manager

ShelterBox Australia

0459 959 501

mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

 

DEPLOYMENTS 


 Philippines – Typhoon Rammasun

When Typhoon Rammasun tore through the Albay province of the Philippines in late July, it didn’t garner the same publicity as it’s big brother, Haiyan. However, thousands of families were affected, mainly the poor. Successive SRTs deployed to the area and with generous help from the Rotary Club of Legazpi managed to distribute hundreds of tents and Shelter Kits to vulnerable families. With damage spread over a large area, aid was transported by any means available, car, truck, boat, and even on foot. Beneficiary data is still being analysed but over 1,000 families were assisted.

 

 Iraq – Conflict

ShelterBox currently has prepositioned stock in Iraq and will be working with UNHCR and ACTED to move 500 UN specification tents to Duhok, near the border with Syria, to be used to establish a camp to provide shelter for internally displaced people (IDP’s) such as those fleeing Sinjar Mountain. Concerns over security and equity mean that ShelterBox relief tents are not suitable. Once again, the increasing need to be flexible means that boxes will not be deployed.

 Nepal – Flooding

Earlier this month, communities along the Nepal-China border were submerged by rising floodwater. Meanwhile similar scenes have been witnessed along the Nepalese border with India and many districts in-between. It is now estimated that as many as 19 districts are currently underwater across the mountainous country. As conditions have worsened fears of a potential outbreak of cholera have now emerged. A ShelterBox response team has arrived and is assessing the need and feasibility of a response.

ShelterBox is currently monitoring disasters in the Bangledesh, Niger, Gaza, Central African Republic and Ukraine

FUNDRAISING

In Memorandum – Alan Jones

The ShelterBox and Rotary community has lost one its staunchest supporters. Former 9790 District Rep and longtime ShelterBox advocate, Alan Jones, passed away last week and a prolonged illness. Even as Alan battled his disease he worked tirelessly for the cause he loved, saying, “I find it important to keep busy and to focus on other things and what better than ShelterBox?” A fund has been set up in Alan’s memory and those wishing to contribute can contact Steve Crosling at: steve@radtest.com.au

Our thoughts go out to Alan’s wife, Kerry and his family. Alan will be sorely missed.

 

French’s Forest Guides

French’s Forest Guides recently invited District 9685 Rep, Peter Smith to talk at one of their meetings and demonstrate the contents of a box. The girls had been busy fundraising for ShelterBox and presented Peter with a cheque for$1,000! A fantastic effort by the girls, THANK YOU!. Peter was impressed with the calibre of the questions and the level of knowledge and interest from the guides. As a token of thanks, the guides have been given an old ShelterBox tent and some out of  date box contents for use at camp. The old, green-style tent has been superseded by the new white tent, which is in constant review and subject to redesign. We are more than happy see this old equipment go to good use with Guides and Scouts groups. Get in touch with volunteer@shelterbox.org.au if your troop could use such equipment, but be quick as stock is limited.

 

 

 

Coin Co Money-Spinners

Following our recent collaboration with Coin Co International, we have begun to roll out our first money-spinners. We can supply a range of collection boxes, from spinners (ideal for supermarkets and malls) to globes (ideal for airports), to towers (great for banks and small businesses) and counter-top boxes (for pubs, coffee shops, etc). If you know of a local business that would be willing to place one of our collection boxes, please contact Mike at volunteer@shelterbox.org.au

The boxes are provided free of charge and collected & replaced when full. Coins and notes of all denominations are accepted. We can also provide promotional material to go with the boxes. Please help us raise awareness and much-needed funds.Thank you!

Last month, a spinner was placed at the Blackheath Golf Club and 2 spinners were bought by Rotary Clubs in WA for use at events ……… Yes, spinners are available to buy too …. BUT WE CAN SUPPLY THEM FREE!

 

Socks 4 Syria

 

Fundraising resources for our ‘Socks 4 Syria’ campaign are now available on the website. You can download posters, donation forms, bucket wraps and more from: http://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/involved.php?page=39

 

 

Have you held a successful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please send me the details, including images, for inclusion in the next newsletter and promotion on the ShelterBox Australia Blog at:

mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au
 
 

Support the ‘ShelterBox Solution’ and help families who have lost everything to disaster. Please ………..

 

                                          

 

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ShelterBox Australia November Newsletter

 

Welcome to our monthly eNewsletter for ShelterBox Australia.

 

November has been a momentous month for ShelterBox. Whilst we were responding to an earthquake in the Philippines, the country was struck by the strongest storm ever recorded. Super Typhoon Haiyan left an estimated 10,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands in desperate need of shelter.

ShelteBox responded immediately, dispatching more SRTs to the area, along with aid, pre-positioned in the Philippines and Dubai, whilst volunteers at HQ packed boxes. An international “Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal” was launched. ShelterBox Australia set a fundraising target of $500,000. In an amazing outpouring of public generosity, in just 3 weeks we broke through this target. With the help of Rotary, individuals, and charitable foundations we have raised over $510,000 …. and the fund is still growing! Obviously, the need is huge and the more donations we receive, the more families we’ll able to help. We have since raised the bar to $750,000.

To all those that have donated, a big thank you! Your generosity will have a huge postive impact on families in desperate need. Stay tuned to the website for deployment updates.

This months quote comes from Oscar Wilde, “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”

Thanks for your continued support

Mike

Mike Greenslade

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS

 

Philippines – Super Typhoon

Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, struck the Philippines in early November. With winds of approximately 195 mph (315 km/h), it was the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall. The typhoon left hundreds of thousands of men, women and children without shelter or access to food or water.

5 Response Teams have been dealing with logistics and distribution in Manila, Bohol, Cebu, Bantayan Island and Tacloban

 

ShelterBox has committed to help a minimum of 6,000 families over the coming months. Logistics backlogs and the difficulty of distributing aid to an archipelago mean that we are likely to be very busy for the next few months.

The team working out of Bantayan Island will have the assistance of the Royal Australian Navy in the form of HMAS Tobruk and its aerial and sea-bourne assets.

600 ShelterBoxes, pre-positioned in Melbourne, are being flown to the Philippines this week courtesy of our partner Plan International

Philippines -Earthquake

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol, Philippines on 15th October. A ShelterBox Response Team was on the ground distributing aid when news of the approaching Super Typhoon came. The team quickly arranged for all tents to be struck and stored whilst they and the residents of Bohol took cover. The Typhoon only added to the devastation left by the earthquake, but once it had passed, the team got back to work immediately

ShelterBox continues to distribute aid in Sudan with the help of Plan International and with our partners in Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan

 

 

 

FUNDRAISING

 

 Give A Special Box This Christmas

If you are stuck for gift ideas or are tired of exchanging presents destined for land-fill, why not break the mold and give a gift that keeps on giving. You might like to club together as a family or at your workplace and sponsor a ShelterBox.

In return you will receive a custom designed Christmas card to give in lieu of this very special present.

You can specify if you want your box to go to the Philippines Appeal; to our Syrian Refugee Appeal or into our Relief Fund (recommended) to enable us to react immediately when disaster strikes. Simply donate in the normal way and notify us at sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au that this is a Christmas gift and we will get your card out to you.

Next year we plan to have a range of cards and equivalent gifts to suit all budgets.

 

Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal

All donations count. Big or small, they all add up and enable us to respond in a practical and flexible way. However, we have received some significant donations that are worthy of a mention. I would like to thank: The Portland House Foundation; Merle Fletcher Savage; The Richardson Foundation; Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay; Arion Systems; Peter Wylie; Paul Blain, Helping Children Smile and the Rotary Clubs of: Seymour; Warners Bay; Mt Gambier West; Albany Port; Batavia Coast; Kings Cross and Ipswich City

 

 RC of Darling Harbour – ShelterBox Expo

The Rotary Club of Darling Harbour held their annual ShelterBox Expo on 2nd November in Darling harbour itself. The team were ably supported by SRT Peter Pearce but had to contend with smoke from nearby bushfires and a gathering of Zombies in Hyde Park. The Expo gave high profile exposure to ShelterBox and raised valuable funds fo our Syria Refugee Appeal, which now stands at over $100,000.

Have you held a successful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please send me the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at: http://www.shelterboxaustralia.wordpress.com.au

mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au
 

 

Newsletter for June 2013

  Welcome to our monthly eNewsletter for ShelterBox Australia.

 

 

June has seen us working from the plains of Oklahoma to the Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh. The crisis in Syria continues to be the main focus of our efforts and the figures above show that although we can be proud of our response so far, the need is still great.

June is traditionally a great month for donations, as people get ready for tax time and Rotary clubs disburse funds to good causes. This June has been no exception and I’d like to thank all our donors for their generous support. Unfortunately, the need for emergency shelter persists all year round and we are always looking for new supporters. To help spread the word, why not forward this newsletter to some of your friends; “like” us on Facebook and share the updates or sign up for the blog?

 

This month’s quote comes from Albert Schweitzer, “The purpose of human life is to serve, to show compassion and the will to help others.”

 

Thanks for your support.

 

Mike

 

Mike Greenslade SRT

Director/Communications Officer

ShelterBox Australia

 

 

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 DEPLOYMENTS

 

 

  INDIA – Floods/Landslides

Many are calling northwest India’s heaviest rains for 80 years a ‘Himalayan tsunami’ and the reasons why are obvious. Almost 100,000 people have been rescued so far, tens of thousands more remain displaced from their homes and thousands are reported to be injured. Infrastructure and farmland have been swept away and landslides have been caused. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has deployed to the region to assess ways of helping those most in need, especially in remote areas.

 

 USA – Tornado

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has continued to work in Oklahoma, USA to address the shelter needs of communities impacted by last month’s tornados. For the last few weeks, affected families in Bethel Acres and Little Axe have been living in cars, under tarps and in standard tents that are not suitable for extreme weather conditions, especially now the hot summer months have begun. The SRT has been distributing relief tents, working alongside local Rotary and Scouts.

 

 SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

ShelterBox continues to find ways of helping Syrian refugees and IDPs. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), some 6.8 million people have been forced from their homes in Syria. We have been working below the radar with our partner, Hand In Hand for Syria, to distribute non-food items like water filters and kitchen sets. ShelterBox continues to distribute boxes in Lebanon through it’s network of partners (987 boxes distributed) and is investigating sending more aid to Jordan So far ShelterBox has committed over US$1 million of aid.

 

 HAITI

ShelterBox and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have been working together in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010. Although the IOM has successfully closed 28 camps, many still remain and Shelterbox aid is being utilised as an emergency response, to replace shelter damaged by the frequent tropical storms. Until permanent shelter needs are met, ShelterBox will continue to work in collaboration with IOM to help Haitian families in need.

 

 

 

 FUNDRAISING

 

 DONATE PLANET

Donate Planet is a not-for-profit foundation who’s website brings charities together in one place, making it easier for people to donate online. From 30th June – 7th of July ShelterBox Australia will be their featured charity. Hopefully this will raise our profile and some much needed funds. You can visit the site at http://www.donateplanet.com

 

 Odd Sox For ShelterBox

Have you heard of our new fundraising initiative, “Odd Socks For ShelterBox”?! Clubs, schools and businesses are encouraged to hold an “Odd Socks” day to help raise awareness and funds for Shelterbox. We are also seeking donations of signed socks from celebrities, sports personalities and public figures to auction. Do you know someone famous that may be able to help out? For more details and help organising your “Odd Socks” day please contact our head of fundraising, PDG Carolyn Krueger at Carolyn Krueger, noosa@bigpond.net.au or mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

 

 

Have you held a successful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please send me the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at:
mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

 

ShelterBox Australia Newsletter [August 2012]

Welcome our monthly eNewsletter for Shelterbox Australia.

August has been a busy month for ShelterBox, with Tropical storms hitting The Philippines and Haiti; refugee crises in The Lebanon and Mali and heavy flooding in Niger. ShelterBox Operations have been monitoring several other potential disasters with Response Teams on standby to react immediately if required.

With Spring finally upon us, now is a great time to organise a fundraiser. Keep an eye on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shelterbox.australia to see up and coming events and remember to send me pics from your fundraiser and share ShelterBox news with your friends

Remembering all those around the world who have lost homes and livelihood to disaster, this month’s quote comes from Lord Byron, “Adversity is the first path to truth”

Thanks for your support

Mike

Mike Greenslade SRT/Communications Officer

 Deployments

  NIGER – Flooding

Niger is experiencing it’s worst floods for 100 years. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is in NIger working with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to assess shelter needs. The UN reported that the Dosso region has been worst affected, with over 10,000 homes damaged by floodwaters. Read more here: NIGER

 

  HAITI – Tropical Storm Isaac

A ShelterBox Response Team arrived in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on Monday 27th August to begin making needs assessments for emergency shelter. Communications have been down due to the storm. ShelterBox aid arrived at Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on 24 August. Read more here: HAITI 

 

   PHILIPPINES – Flooding

In early August The Philippines capital, Manila and the surrounding area experienced its worst floods since 2009, due to unusually heavy monsoon rainfall triggered by Tropical Storm Haikui. Australian SRT, Peter Pearce (who took this photo of twin babies in one of our tents) and Kiwi SRT, Ross MacKenzie joined Filippino SRTs Sonny Ongkiko and Abner Tayco in Manila to assess needs and distribute aid. The team worked with The Philippines Navy, Emergency Medical Services, local Rotary Clubs and volunteers from the Asian College of Science and Technology to get pre-positioned ShelterBoxes to those in need. 448 boxes have been distributed to date. Read more here: PHILIPPINES

 

  LEBANON – Conflict

ShelterBox’s response to the crisis in Syria has been postponed following a spate of violence and kidnappings in Lebanon’s capital Beirut that began on 16 August.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Alice Jefferson (UK) and Phil Duloy (UK and USA) had been working with ministers in the Lebanese government to facilitate the importation of ShelterBoxes.
Read more here: LEBANON

 

  NIGER/MALI – Food Insecurity/Conflict

ShelterBox has sent 497 disaster relief tents to bring shelter to 497 families fleeing from Mali, a country in West Africa’s Sahel region suffering from food insecurity, conflict and political instability that has forced countless civilians to flee their homes. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is calling Mali’s situation a ‘complex emergency,’ which has displaced over 435,000 people. Read more here: MALI

Fundraising  
  RC of Kent Town – Bolly Good NIght
The Rotary Club of Kent Town and the Adelaide Indian Cultural Society (AISC) have formed a partnership to raise money for ShelterBox. Celebrating one year free of Polio in India and eleven years since the first ever Shelter Box deployment, 143 boxes that went into India, the two organisations will pool resources and hold a fundraising dinner on 6th October that will feature classical Indian & Bollywood dancing and delicious Indian cuisine. For more info contact Greg Love on secretaryrckt@gmail.com
From Letterboxes To ShelterBoxes
Have you requested a postcard yet? Lara is presently in Airlie Beach and her fundraising total has just passed the $3400 mark, why not check out her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FromLetterboxesToShelterboxes or her blog:  http://letterboxshelterbox.wordpress.com and use your social media outlets to spread the word, share it, like it, forward it to a friend!

 

Have you held a successful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please send me the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at:
mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

 

ShelterBox Australia Newsletter [July 2012]

Welcome our monthly eNewsletter for Shelterbox Australia.

July was another great month for donations as more Rotary Clubs dispersed their charity funds and the public gave generously. Our sincere thanks go out to all of those who contributed and you only have to read the reports below from Uganda and Russia to see just how much your efforts are both needed and appreciated.

July also saw the launch of the ShelterBox Australia App for Android phones. The app allows users to access the SBA website; blog; Facebook and Twitter pages all from one place. It also allows users to send an email or image to the Communications Officer direct from their phone, or link to the donations page. There is a calndar of upcoming events, but perhaps the most useful feature is the “Find Us” application that uses Google Maps to help users find the nearest ShelterBox speaker and Demo box.

 

 

The app is free to download from: http://ibuildapp.com/projects.php?action=info&projectid=256352

or from Google Play at: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=shelterbox+australia&c=apps

I hope to publish a version for iPhone soon, so watch this space.

This month’s quote, hard to believe at the moment but probably true, comes Eric Shanteau,

“There’s a lot more to life than just the Olympic Games”

Thanks for your support

Mike Greenslade

SRTCommunications Officer, ShelterBox Australia

    RUSSIA – Flooding

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) led by Australian SRT member, Andrew Clouting has returned from Russia after delivering life saving aid to flood survivors in the Southern region of Krasnodar. 150 ShelterBoxes and 50 tents were distributed. Andrew said, ” I am proud to be part of ShelterBox who truly make a difference to displaced families’ You can read more here: RUSSIA

  UGANDA – Mudslides

Heavy rains resulted in a large landslide on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Bududa in eastern Uganda at the end of June, sweeping away three villages and leaving hundreds of families homeless. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) worked in conjunction with local Rotarians and the Ugandan Red Cross to distribute aid to those in need. A total of 115 boxes were distributed. Read more here: UGANDA

 

  PERU – Landslides and Flooding
In March ShelterBox responded to two separate disasters in Peru. Heavy rains triggered landslides that caused widespread damage in the remote mountainous region of Apurimac. Whilst in the Loreto region, in northern Peru, the unusually heavy rains led to extensive flooding. In July ShelterBox sent a monitoring and evaluation team back to these regions to assess the situation three months on. You can read more here: PERU

 

Fundraising
  St Finn Barr’s School, Launceston
Our thanks go out to the pupils of St Finn Barr’s Catholic School in Launceston, Tasmania for their fantastic fundraising efforts. Inspired by a presentation by ShelterBox Ambassador, Bill Dobson, class 3/4 and their teacher, Jessica Edwards set about raising funds to sponsor a box with great enthusiasm. Their efforts will now be greatly appreciated by a family who have lost their home to disaster somewhere in the world. You can read their story here: ST FINN BARR’S
 New Brochures
New brochures with donation froms are now available. Reps and Ambassadors are asked to use up their old ones first before ordering the updated version.
  From Letterboxes To ShelterBoxes
Lara’s epic fundraising journey continues and at time of writing she is just a few dollars short of $3000. If you haven’t already done so please check out Lara’s site at http://letterboxshelterbox.wordpress.com and use your social media outlets to spread the word, share it, like it, forward it to a friend!