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In a year which has seen ShelterBox respond to 25 disasters around the world we’d like to extend a huge thanks to the global Rotary community without the support of which we could not continue our work to help families in need following disasters.
After 18 months helping on the borders of Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, ShelterBox has now found another way of getting aid into Syria itself via Turkey to help families displaced by the ongoing conflict.
The ShelterBox Operations team has been studying the Hatay and Kilis regions between Turkey and northern Syria, and talking to humanitarian partners in the area. They believe they have now found a route that will get vital equipment across the borders into Syria to families in need.
According to the Humanitarian Information Unit an estimated 3.6 million people in Syria have been forced from their homes, but are still within the country’s borders. They are living in fear and desperately in need of basic aid.
United Nations envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said: ‘Yes, this situation appears to be totally hopeless, with no light to be seen at the end of a long tunnel Syria is lost in… Almost 50 percent of the Syrian population are being gravely affected by the conflict. I wonder if this is not a depressing record in the history of conflict.’
While the distribution of ShelterBoxes in Lebanon and Jordan continues, the charity has now made a strategic decision to send ‘non shelter items’ into Syria – including water purification equipment, water carriers, insect nets, solar lamps, kitchen sets and SchoolBoxes containing children’s packs and activities. There are fears that tents supplied in the familiar green ShelterBoxes may draw attention, making displaced families a target for snipers or looters. So difficult choices have had to be made about which lifesaving items can safely be distributed without endangering the recipients.
Aid leaves today
The first truckload of aid leaves the charity’s headquarters in Cornwall, UK, today to begin its 3,000 mile journey and is expected to reach the Syrian border in around 10 days. If successful, this new aid ‘pipeline’ will see final distribution within Syria by implementing partner Hand in Hand for Syria.
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Every year, World Water Day is held on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
World Water Day annually highlights a specific aspect of freshwater, this year being the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. It is important to recognise that cooperation is essential to strike a balance between the different needs and priorities and share this precious resource equitably, using water as an instrument of peace.
As part of ShelterBox‘s response to Cyclone Haruna in Madagascar, the disaster relief charity has partnered with Blue Ventures, a charity and social enterprise that works with some of the word’s poorest coastal communities to conserve threatened marine environments, both protecting biodiversity and alleviating poverty, to bring clean water to the disaster-affected communities.
‘The areas where we have been distributing emergency shelter to cyclone survivors have a good water source so the water filters in the ShelterBoxes have not been needed,’ said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Peter Pearce (AU). ‘However, we heard that there were other villages that have been struggling to access clean water with contaminated water sources. So we got in touch with Blue Ventures, who has had a permanent base here since 2003.’
A Family LifeStraw goes into every ShelterBox packed at the charity’s headquarters in Cornwall, UK. Each one filters up to ten litres of water per hour and has a lifespan of around 18,000 litres.
‘ShelterBox has provided us with 200 Family LifeStraws to be distributed in the isolated commune of Befandefa, some 200 kilometres north of Toliara, right where Cyclone Haruna hit on 22 February,’ added Laura Robson, Blue Ventures Community Health Programme Coordinator.
Read more here: WATER