Give The Gift Of Shelter This Christmas

This Christmas, families around the world will find themselves homeless and in desperate need of help. Whether they have lost their homes to a natural disaster, like the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti or have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict, like the millions fleeing the violence in Syria and Iraq, their needs are quite simple: Shelter, Warmth & Dignity.

Make a donation to the ‘ShelterBox Solution’ as a gift for a loved one and receive this special card to give in lieu of your present.

All you have to do is make a donation of $50 or more by clicking the button below and email us at sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au to notify us that this is a Christmas gift and we’ll send the card out to you. The cut-off date to receive your card in time for Christmas is 15th December.

The ‘ShelterBox Solution’ is our flexible disaster relief fund, allowing us to respond more accurately to beneficiary needs. This might be in the form of a Shelter Kit, relief tent, SchoolBox, or a wide variety of non-food items, like water filters, mosquito nets and solar lights.


Shelter Kits kits provide families with to the tools to build their own shelter or repair a damaged home. Increasingly governments are wanting families affected by disaster to be part of their own recovery, building back better and stronger homes and more resilient communities.

Of course there will always be a place for ShelterBoxes, especially where families have lost everything. To sponsor a box costs $1,000 and if you do so as a gift for a loved one you’ll receive this special card.

Donate here to sponsor a box and give a gift that really makes a difference.

Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas from all of us at ShelterBox Australia.

Other ways to donate:
Phone: 1300 996 038
Post a cheque to: ShelterBox Australia, PO Box 254, Parramatta, NSW, 2124
EFT or direct deposit:  Westpac, ShelterBox Australia, BSB 032 189, account # 230 147. Please make sure you email sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au to notify us of you donation and that it is Christmas Gift.

My Christmas in Colombia – A ShelterBox Response Team Member Recalls

Response team volunteer Laura Jepson, who spent Christmas 2010 in Colombia

Response team volunteer Laura Jepson, who spent Christmas 2010 in Colombia

 

Throughout the winter of 2010, Colombia experienced torrential rain, which left 28 of the country’s 32 departments suffering from severe flooding. ShelterBox committed aid to the country and throughout the holiday season response team volunteers worked tirelessly to assist families who had lost everything at Christmas time. 
 
‘During the short journey from the airport, the size and scale of the flooding was obvious. Entire towns and roads had been submerged under metres of water. In some cases all you could see were roofs scattered throughout the huge expanses of water’ said response team volunteer Laura Jepson.
‘We visited one of these communities on Christmas Eve, Barranca Vieja, with the Mayor and her team. More than 500 families had to escape to high ground when a dyke broke in the middle of the night. The families only had a matter of hours to gather their belongings before their homes were submerged in two metres of water.’
‘We took a canoe through the town to reach the area where the families were now living. At times like this I have to distance myself from the reality of the situation and think about the job in hand, but as we passed people’s windows I could see the belongings they’d left behind; clothes left on the washing line, children’s drawings still on the walls.
‘That’s when I started to think about the people, about the families that have lost everything. I couldn’t help but think about my own family and how they would be celebrating Christmas – opening presents, decorating the tree and enjoying Mum’s roast.’


In this short video ShelterBox response team volunteer Laura Jepson tells her story of the year she spent Christmas in Colombia.
Thanks to the support of our donors, ShelterBox sent aid to help more than 1,600 families in Colombia find shelter from the rain during the holiday season. Thank you.

Syrian Refugee, Ahed Has A Home This Christmas

Ahed Hussein Zeidan (middle) holding her baby, Omar, in her ShelterBox tent with her two sisters either side and niece, Akaar, Lebanon, November 2013.

Ahed Hussein Zeidan (middle) holding her baby, Omar, in her ShelterBox tent with her two sisters either side and niece, Akaar, Lebanon, November 2013.

 

‘We left our village in Syria one day in September 2012 in the early hours of the morning. We had felt unsafe in our home for a while with all the shelling that was happening in our area. It was a frightening journey here as we had to pass through several checkpoints but we made it across the border late at night the same day, so it was a very long journey.’
 
25-year-old Ahed Hussein Zeidan eyes are full of sadness as she tells her story sitting elegantly in her ShelterBox tent in Akaar, northern Lebanon. She is cradling her 4-month-old baby Omar on her lap. Either side of her are two of her three sisters who also live with her, one of which is bouncing her baby boy. Her brother in law is out working to raise enough money to rent the piece of land they have settled on.
‘When we arrived here we were living in an unfinished building, like lots of other families. However as winter approached it was freezing as there were no walls; it was not closed or sheltered. We lived there until we received a ShelterBox. We then found this land and set up the tent. We are so grateful for it.’
Ahed’s eyes brighten a little.
‘This tent is closed so it is much better, protecting us all from the bad weather, the wind and rain. It’s much warmer and much better than the unfinished house. We are more comfortable and we feel safer and our children are safer.’
Warm
The disaster relief tent stands alone on a piece of farmland and is used as the bedroom. Ahed and her family have built makeshift extensions around it providing them with a separate living area and kitchen. The tent is providing them with a warm private area to sleep in.
‘Our only hope for the future is to be able to return to our home country and live our life as it was before… with all the resources and services we need to live a comfortable life.’
Despite the hardships that the Syrian refugee population face, thanks to your generous support almost 1,500 families have a shelter that they can call home this Christmas. They will be safe, together and warm.
Thank you.
Have a very happy and safe holidays.

 

Happy Holidays And Thank You!

"Deck The Halls" Christmas graphic

 

As the New Year approaches, it’s time to reflect back on another busy twelve months for ShelterBox. The highlights have only been possible all thanks to the amazing efforts from our supporters, volunteers, donors and workers worldwide so thank you. Seeing as we are entering the holiday season, we are celebrating ShelterBox’s work in 2013 by publishing a series of festive features over this month. Happy Holidays everybody and enjoy the upcoming fun festivities!

Once more, a massive thanks to each and every one of you for helping us bring shelter and safety to families affected by humanitarian crises globally. Together we are making a difference.

Give A Special Box This Christmas

Brazil box no. 1, Camp Brazilia Uno, Uniao Dos PalmaresThis Christmas, families around the world will find themselves homeless and in desperate need of help. Whether they have lost their homes to a natural disaster, like the victims of the Super Typhoon in the Philippines or have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict, like the millions fleeing the violence in Syria, their needs are quite simple: Shelter, Warmth & Dignity.

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.

For a gift of $1,000 you will be providing an extended family with a family sized relief tent, blankets and ground sheets, water purification and storage equipment, a stove and cooking equipment, a tool kit, solar lights, a children’s activity pack and, where appropriate, mosquito nets or thermal hats/gloves/scarves. Life-changing, life-sustaining equipment.

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

Sponsor a box as a gift this Christmas and receive this custom-designed card. The card is blank on the inside with a clear explanation of what it represents on the back.

Sponsor a box as a gift this Christmas and receive this custom-designed card. The card is blank on the inside with a clear explanation of what it represents on the back.

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.

Thank you for your support and have very Merry Christmas

(Please note, no box number will be issued for the Philippines of Syria appeals, your box or equivalent aid will be sent to those destinations. In the unlikely event that these appeals exceed the need, excess donations will be transferred to ShelterBox Trust Unrestricted Funds. It is therefore recommend that you specify donations to our Relief Fund to ensure you get a box number and help us respond to future disasters)