Rotary and ShelterBox inspire young volunteers to take action

Here’s another great blog about Rotary and ShelterBox working together, featuring our very own Katelyn Winkworth ………

Service in Action

By James Bolton, Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland in collaboration with ShelterBox

Organizations such as Rotary and our project partners ShelterBox may have an adult profile, but the momentum is growing among a younger generation to create the next big humanitarian wave. ShelterBox had its origins in the Rotary movement 18 years ago, and now is Rotary’s project partner in disaster relief. Rotary members leave a lasting legacy on the lives of young people, with a number of programs and activities to support them in unlocking their potential. ShelterBox also provides young professionals an opportunity to make a lasting impact on communities.

‘Do it! I would encourage any young person to look further into this.’ That is the rallying cry from Katelyn Winkworth, a young Australian who trained as a ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer to help families caught up in war or natural disaster.

Katelyn shares her experience training to…

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Inspiring Women of Action

Great story here about ShelterBox and Rotary working in partnership ……..

Service in Action

By ShelterBox

Local Rotarians in countries affected by disasters often contribute vital support to ShelterBox responses, providing valuable points of contact for Response Teams through first-hand knowledge, introductions, logistical assistance, and vital links into communities.

Throughout August 2018, a series of earthquakes struck the Island of Lombok in Indonesia killing more than 460 people and displacing around 400,000. Rotarian Ace Robin, the current president of The Rotary Club of Mataram in Lombok discussed how her club could help affected families. Through pre-existing contacts in Indonesia, ShelterBox was put in touch with Ace.

Ace’s house was largely undamaged, but many of her friends’ and neighbors’ homes were destroyed. Ace and the Club of Mataram were instrumental in helping bring ShelterBoxes from Jakarta, liaising with heads of local communities to identify the most affected regions and distributing aid to families. Ace reflected that ”working with the ShelterBox Response Team taught us a…

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Shelterbox and Rotary extend our partnership in the Philippines

Another great story about our partnership with Rotary International ……

Service in Action

By Rotary Service and Engagement 

ShelterBox and Rotary International are Project Partners in Disaster Relief.  By working together, we are ensuring that no family is left without shelter after disaster.  Not only do Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world support ShelterBox financially, but on many of ShelterBox’s deployments local Rotarians, Rotaractors and Response Teams work closely together at an operational level. Rotarians often have great connections with communities and authorities that can help response teams understand the situation and respond better together.

Recently, in the Philippines, ShelterBox and Rotary have taken this partnership to the next level. ShelterBox has deployed disaster responses in the Philippines on twenty-five separate occasions. To innovate our responses, ShelterBox Operations Philippines was set-up as an in-country organization with aid stored locally so that we can respond more effectively.

Dave Ray, Horizon’s Lead at ShelterBox said:

“Rotary has been involved in the creation of the…

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Work with ShelterBox, Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief

Here’s a great post By Rotary Service Connections, featuring our very own Katelyn Winkworth …..

Service in Action

Rotary and ShelterBox collaborate to provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to stabilize, protect, and support communities affected by disasters and other humanitarian crises. The ShelterBox Response Team trains under intense conditions to be prepared when it’s needed most.

In one example, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor faced one last challenge after a grueling year of preparation before they could join the elite ShelterBox Response Team.

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There are many ways for Rotarians and Rotaractors to partner with ShelterBox. Gain inspiration from fellow members and contact ShelterBox to get involved.

Rotary and ShelterBox are project partners for immediate disaster relief around the world; ShelterBox is a registered charity, independent of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.

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How ShelterBox and Rotary are working together in the Philippines

The ShelterBox/Rotary partnership in practice ……..

Service in Action

By Alex Youlten, ShelterBox staff

Tropical Storm Urduja made landfall over San Policarpio in the Eastern Samar province of the Philippines during December 2017, dumping the equivalent of two months of rain in just 48 hours. Mudslides and flooding caused considerable damage in the hardest hit areas, with the Government reporting more than 30,000 homes destroyed.

The newly established ShelterBox Operations Philippines, created by working closely with local Rotary clubs,  swiftly delivered emergency shelter and other essential aid items to communities impacted by Tropical Storm Urduja. Through the Rotary-ShelterBox project partnership for disaster relief, volunteers from both organizations have formed strong collaborations with many Rotarians around the world volunteering with and supporting ShelterBox’s relief efforts.

With the support of local Rotary clubs, the ShelterBox response team focused on coastal communities in Biliran Island where pockets of unmet need were identified. ShelterKits (tarpaulins, tools and fixings), tents, blankets, solar lights…

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Same old same old – only worse this year

Some New Year thoughts from the CEO of the ShelterBox Trust ….

Chris Warham

It’s that team of year when retrospectives and predictions come to the fore.

Does it really matter who will win this of that or whether the Wall St will finish the year at a new high or not?  Most I can ignore or spend just a few moments on.

But IRIN news – the well respected humanitarian news organisation – gave some chilling stats for their 2018 predictions.

If last year was one of the most difficult years for humanitarian crisis ever then 2018 looks likely to be even worse. IRIN News’ Top Ten for 2018 doesn’t make good reading .
irin news

  1. Syria – after 7 years of war humanitarian need is not going away
  2. Democratic Republic of Congo is unravelling with huge population displacement – 1.7 million people abandoned their homes.
  3. Yemen famine gets worse by the day.  8.4 million on the verge of starvation
  4. South Sudan looked like an…

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