ShelterBox provided aid for 478 families

Eyewitness Account of ShelterBox Aid In The Philippines

Thousands of people attended the recent ‘Eats & Beats’ festival organised by Logan City Council in SE Queensland. The festival brought together people from the local community to sample delicious street food from around the world whilst being entertained by a succession of local musical talent.

Thousands attended the 'Eats & Beats' Festival in Logan City

Thousands attended the ‘Eats & Beats’ Festival in Logan City ©MikeGreenslade/ShelterBox

 

Thanks to members of the Rotary Clubs of Beenleigh, Loganholme and Logan, ShelterBox was present, showing festival goers the type of aid we have distributed around the world to those left homeless by disaster. Members of the public showed great interest our substantial relief tent and the other essential items included in a ShelterBox, especially the ‘Luminaid’ solar light.

ShelterBox had a prime position just inside the entrance to the festival .... and opposite the ATM!

ShelterBox had a prime position just inside the entrance to the festival …. and opposite the ATM!

 

At such events, it’s not unusual to find people who are familiar with the work of ShelterBox but it’s rare to find people who have come across our work firsthand. Melanie and Anthony Roberts were on a relief trip to Bohol in the Philippines, following the earthquake of October 2013, delivering aid to family members and their community. ShelterBox had deployed to area immediately after the earthquake, distributing a total of 20 ShelterBox midi tents, 214 disaster relief tents and 214 ShelterBoxes, helping 478 families.

The destruction in Bohol left many families homeless

The destruction in Bohol left many families homeless ©MelanieRoberts

 

Melanie said, ”

We visited the small town of Tubigon, Bohol and saw the destruction both these events caused. I was so impressed with the ShelterBox tents at the time, that I took many pictures while I was there to show everyone back here in Australia. It was amazing to see these “instant Cities” pop up along the main highway and beside the town cemetery where people were able to go and seek refuge.”

ShelterBox provided aid for 478 families

ShelterBox provided aid for 478 families ©MelanieRoberts

 

Melanie and her husband, Anthony praised “the resilience of the Filipino people and the warmth they gave back to all the people that came to help them in their time of need. Such a humbling experience” and commended ShelterBox for our “invaluable relief work“.

Our thanks go to Melanie and Anthony for sharing their story and photos with us. It shows that we can make a real difference to people’s lives.

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ShelterBox CEO, Alison Wallace Visits Philippines

Alison Wallace at 'The Day the Bombs Fell' book launch, London, November 2013.

Alison Wallace at ‘The Day the Bombs Fell’ book launch, London, November 2013.

 

Alison Wallace, Chief Executive of ShelterBox, is travelling to the Philippines to see for herself how ShelterBox aid is helping communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. 
 
In less than three months ShelterBox teams have worked tirelessly to bring shelter and vital aid to nearly 4,500 Filipino families who lost their homes to the devastating Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November.
This is part of the international disaster relief charity’s commitment to provide 1,685 ShelterBoxes, 4,607 tents and 1,516 midi tents, which in total will help over 7,800 families. The remainder of this aid will arrive in fortnightly consignments over the coming months.
ShelterBox distributions are continuing on many islands, including Bohol, Leyte, Bantayan and Panay, and now Mindanao.
Chief Executive Alison Wallace flew in with colleagues yesterday. Her aim is to check progress, talk to partner organisations, and meet beneficiary families.
‘Collaboration key to efficiency’
‘In terms of the number of Response Teams required, and the complexity of getting to remote island communities, this has been ShelterBox’s most testing disaster response ever,’ said Alison. ‘Collaboration is key to efficiency, and we have had valuable support from partner aid agencies such as Plan International and Handicap International, and from the British, Australian and Philippines Navies.’
Aid distributed includes ShelterBox’s specially-designed family tents, mosquito nets and water filtration kits to protect against disease, and solar powered lighting for personal security. Tool kits also allow the long process of rebuilding to begin.
‘I visited the Philippines last year before Haiyan struck, when ShelterBox was responding to another typhoon,’ added Alison. ‘Our people are well-practised at providing aid in this part of the world, so we have been able to deploy extremely well-experienced individuals. While I am here I will see the full range of our work, from the urban devastation of Tacloban to remote islands such as Bantayan and Panay.’
‘I’m sure it will be an eye-opener’
‘It will be a privilege to report back to our donors, whose generosity has made this disaster relief possible. I am sure it will be an eye-opener, both in terms of scale and the international aid response. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the recipient families, and our hardworking response teams who will continue to help them until the job is done.’
Follow Alison in the Philippines through her twitter account and get the latest updates through the ShelterBox team account.

 

Video: From Donation To The Gift Of shelter, Philippines

Response Team volunteer Sue Nelson with a beneficiary family in front of their new tent, Bohol, Philippines, November 2013.

Response Team volunteer Sue Nelson with a beneficiary family in front of their new tent, Bohol, Philippines, November 2013.

 

ShelterBox continues to bring shelter and other vital aid to communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan and the previous earthquake in Bohol, thanks to the overwhelming support from our donors and supporters around the world. 
Response Team volunteer Sue Nelson is a ShelterBox regular donor too. Having just returned from her first deployment in the Philippines, she recounts her ‘warm’ experience in seeing how her and other donors’ money is spent in this video:
So far ShelterBox Response Teams have helped over 1,700 Philippine families bringing them a very special gift this holiday season – shelter and safety. Thank you! 

 

Working Together But Miles Apart – ShelterBox In The Philippines

Map showing the five different areas of concentration for ShelterBox’s operational response so far.

Map showing the five different areas of concentration for ShelterBox’s operational response so far.

 

With Response Team members operating across five different islands, ShelterBox’s operational response to Typhoon Haiyan is proving to be one of the most complex and large scale of recent years. 

Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc across the coastal islands of the Philippines causing up to 95% damage in some towns and cities. This left communities reeling but also caused widespread infrastructure and communications damage heavily hampering the ability of governments, aid agencies and NGOs to respond swiftly.

Multiple teams, multiple locations 

ShelterBox’s in country Operations Coordinator for this response is Alice Jefferson (UK) who has the task of overseeing the delivery of aid to the families in most need:

‘We currently have five separate areas within the Philippines from where we are moving either vitally needed ShelterBox aid, our Response Teams or both.’

Alice and her teammates are operating from outside Cebu City on Cebu Island where they are overseeing operations and acting as a key link in the logistics chain as aid passes through Cebu and onwards to Bantayan Islands to the north and Leyte Island in the east.

ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) are also operating on the Island of Bohol where earlier in the year a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck, damaging buildings and infrastructure and claiming lives across the region. ShelterBox responded to the earthquake, sending a Response Team to the affected area. The team were distributing aid on Bohol Island when Typhoon Haiyan struck and have been continuing distribution of ShelterBox tents since. Having completed the current distribution on Bohol Island the team is now travelling to join the team on Cebu.

 

ShelterBox tents warehoused ahead of distirbution by the Response Team

ShelterBox tents warehoused ahead of distirbution by the Response Team

 

On the remote island of Bantayan the SRTs have been distributing much needed aid to families who have lost their homes since Typhoon Haiyan hit. The island has a population of 30,000 people and some 27,000 are now feared to be without homes.

Logistical challenges

Meanwhile another SRT has been operating in Manilla to help oversee the movement of aid through to Cebu island. The logistics of getting aid cleared through airports and harbours is, in itself, a challenge due to the damaged infrastructure and the surge of overseas freight arriving in the Philippines. Experience gained from years of responding to disasters such as the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 has allowed the ShelterBox Operations team to ‘drip-feed’ a constant supply of aid into the Philippines through a variety of different entrance points. This has in turn enabled the Response Teams on the ground in the Philippines to have a continual but manageable flow of aid to distribute amongst the Typhoon affected communities.

A SRT are now beginning assessment and possible distribution of further aid on Leyte Island. ShelterBox aid will continue to arrive in coming weeks and Response Teams on the ground will continue to explore new ways of getting vitally needed shelter and aid to families who have lost everything as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.

Families receive a ShelterBox tent in the Philippines

Families receive a ShelterBox tent in the Philippines

 

If you would like to support our ongoing efforts please donate to the ShelterBox Australia Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal. 

Thank you.

 

 

ShelterBox Helps Earthquake And Typhoon Survivors

A ShelterBox tent amongst the rubble of Lamberto's house, The Philippines.

A ShelterBox tent amongst the rubble of Lamberto’s house, The Philippines.

 

On 15 October, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces, damaging buildings and infrastructure and claiming multiple lives across the region. ShelterBox responded to the earthquake, sending a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) to the affected area. 

Initial reports of the scale of destruction were delayed after the quake struck Bohol due to communications being down. Now almost a month later it is thought over 34,000 homes have been destroyed. 286 ShelterBoxes and 250 tents were dispatched to Bohal to provide shelter and protection to the families affected by the earthquake.

Only three and a half weeks later, the Philippines was struck by the largest recorded storm to reach landfall. With winds of 195mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan caused further damage to an already badly affected area.

Having weathered the storm on Bohol island, ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Mark Dyer (US) worked with colleagues to help local people and organisations which were only confounded further by the devastating Typhoon. ‘When we knew the typhoon was coming we advised people to lower the tents before the storm. So then went back to help people put these tents back up, so they will at least have places to live for the next few weeks.’

‘We will start rebuliding’ 

Mark says ‘The typhoon slowed down earthquake relief but after a day, it was back in full swing.’

 

Lamberto and his family with SRT member Jose 'Sonny' Ongiko (PH)

Lamberto and his family with SRT member Jose ‘Sonny’ Ongiko (PH)

 

 

Lamberto Humanel and his wife had their own home, which was destroyed in earthquake. Their children are grown up and have their own families. They invited anyone in the family who needed a place to shelter to come and join them. Lamberto, his wife, her two sisters and one of their adult daughters are all living in one tent – three of them are senior citizens. It took them three years to build their home, and it was destroyed in 30 seconds during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake – being impacted further by Typhoon Haiyan.

When asked what Lamberto is going to do about his house, he said ‘we will start rebuilding, I’ll probably have to sell some of the land that we have to raise enough money to get the building materials, but we will rebuild.’

Lamberto and his family were living among the ruins of their house, but now all five of them are sleeping in a ShelterBox tent. ‘We want to give a million thanks to all of ShelterBox for this tent, we are much warmer now at night, and I know because of this we will now have a much longer life.’

‘Response’ 

ShelterBox is responding to the aftermath of the earthquake and the typhoon. Mark Dyer has returned home from the Philippines, and another team have now arrived in the area to set up tents and provide lifesaving aid to more families affected by both disasters.

 

Two children remain resilient despite the earthquake and typhoon.

Two children remain resilient despite the earthquake and typhoon.

 

504 ShelterBox tents have now arrived in Manila, Philippines. Distribution of this aid will begin as soon as it has cleared customs. A further 224 ShelterBoxes and 576 ShelterBox tents are currently en route to Cebu, Philippines with airfreight courtesy of DFID. This shipment is hoped to arrive in the Philippines 13 November. Nine SRT members are carrying out assessments in Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban. Additional team members are also on their way.

An extra 200 ShelterBoxes destined for the Philippines were packed by warehouse volunteers at ShelterBox HQ in Cornwall yesterday. ShelterBox are looking to help up to 4,000 families in the Philippines in the immediate future, with potential for more help if it’s needed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Emergency Typhoon Haiyan Appeal so far.

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ShelterBox Rallies In Aid Of The Philippines

ShelterBox warehouse volunteers packing aid for the Philippines

ShelterBox warehouse volunteers packing aid for the Philippines

 

The number of people left homeless by Saturday’s devastating typhoon has increased to 800,000 according to the latest United Nations estimate. 

This morning, warehouse volunteers rallied to the ShelterBox headquarters in Cornwall, UK to pack 200 ShelterBoxes. These boxes will be sent to help families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon was the biggest storm ever recorded to reach landfall, destroying buildings, wiping out villages and causing over 10,000 people to lose their lives.

‘Devastation’ 

ShelterBox aims to help up to 4,000 families and has launched a Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal. With 504 tents en route now from Dubai to Manila and a possible onward flight to Cebu, this latest shipment of aid is set to arrive on Wednesday 13 November.

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members are already on the ground in the Philippines carrying out assessments in Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban. Mark Curnow (UK) arrived in country on Sunday.

‘Everyday that goes past we realise more and more the real significance of this disaster and the areas of devastation become more apparent’.

 

Image courtesy of OCHA

Image courtesy of OCHA

 

 

ShelterBox could not carry out any of its disaster relief work around the globe without the support of its donors and the outpouring of support for the charity in the last few days has been overwhelming. Several major media outlets and celebrity ambassadors have rallied by ShelterBox to help spread awareness of the response.

Acclaimed American author, Maureen Johnson, tweeted: ‘Reading about the Philippines. The typhoon has claimed the lives of 10,000 or more people. Never a better time to donate to ShelterBox.’

Everyone involved with ShelterBox is incredibly grateful and humbled by the support that has been shown so far. Our teams are working around the clock to ensure that we do all we can to help the families who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

YOU CAN HELP BY DONATING HERE: PLEASE DONATE

ShelterBox Aid Sent For Quake Survivors In Philippines

One of the tens of thousands of homes damaged by the quake that hit on 15 October, Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

One of the tens of thousands of homes damaged by the quake that hit on 15 October, Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

 

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is assessing the needs of communities affected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the Philippines as ShelterBox aid is en route to the disaster-hit island.
Initial reports of the scale of destruction were delayed after the quake struck Bohol province on 15 October due to communications being down. Now almost one week later it is thought over 34,000 homes have been damaged.
Following updates from Filipino SRT volunteer Sonny Ongkiko, ShelterBox Operations sent Arnold Kelly (NZ), who has previous ShelterBox experience in the Philippines, and Tim Vile (UK) to assist Sonny with assessments.
‘The damage this quake has caused is prominent as we drive around the island,’ said Tim. ‘There are many communities where homes have been completely destroyed; others have been partially damaged. Families are being forced to sleep outside. Many roads have also fallen away or are blocked by landslides leaving many communities isolated.
Collapsed infrastructure by the earthquake that hit Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

Collapsed infrastructure by the earthquake that hit Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

 

‘We visited one fishing community where all the fishermen are frightened of returning to the ocean out of fear of tsunamis as there’s been so many aftershocks. We feel them daily. Apparently over 1,800 aftershocks have been recorded so far. The seabed has risen too preventing many boats to sail out to sea as the water level has become shallower. These people now have no home and no livelihood.

‘Horrendous scale of destruction’

‘The rainy season has just begun too so it’s a disturbing scene here. I’m ex-Fire Services after 34 years of working so I’m used to seeing people in crisis. This is not a short-lived crisis. It could go on for months or years as the damage is so widespread. It’s a horrendous scale of destruction for the municipal authorities to deal with.
‘Over the next couple of days we will continue with assessments to establish who is in most need for ShelterBox aid. Disaster relief tents, tool kits and water filters are some of the items currently being shipped to Bohol from prepositioned stock in the Filipino city of Clarke. By the time the items reach here, we will have distribution plan in place.’

Please help

To help families made homeless by disaster, like these in the Philippines, please donate here.

 

 

ShelterBox Monitors Earthquake In Philippines

Photo taken during the ShelterBox deployment in response to an earthquake that hit Visaya island, February 2012, Philippines.

Photo taken during the ShelterBox deployment in response to an earthquake that hit Visaya island, February 2012, Philippines.

 

Three popular central islands in the Philippines have been shaken by a powerful earthquake that hit earlier this morning on a national public holiday. 
The effects of the 7.2-magnitude quake were felt in Cebu and Bohol, where infrastructure has crumbled and major roads have been ripped open and blocked by landslides. There has been loss of life as well as many people injured.
ShelterBox Operations Coordinator Phil Duloy has been monitoring the disaster:
‘There was a tsunami alert but luckily this came to nothing. Although there has been significant damage to buildings there are still no reports of a need for emergency shelter. However we will continue to watch the updates and monitor the disaster in case further news emerges.’
There are warnings of an increase in fatalities as search and rescue operations continue with the full extent of the damage yet to be assessed.
However relief has been expressed that the disaster happened on a public holiday as this meant there were fewer people than usual in many of the major buildings that suffered damage.
Aftershocks continue
The tremor triggered power outages in parts of Bohol, Cebu and neighbouring areas, according to the country’s national disaster management agency. Strong aftershocks still continue.
There is ShelterBox aid prepositioned in the Philippine city of Clarke including disaster relief tents as well as other vital equipment to enable a speedy response if a need is found.
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