ShelterBox Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

We’ve had a lot of questions and enthusiasm about the news that ShelterBox has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. We are truly honoured to be able to confirm that this is true.
We’ll keep you updated with any further news – the winner is announced in October 2018.

Building Peace

Every minute, more families – just like yours – lose everything in the chaos of conflict. Their homes, their livelihoods, and even family members are brutally snatched away.
When missiles and mortars leave cities in ruins, when troops storm villages, when families fear for their lives – we believe that shelter can cut through the chaos.
Shelter is more than a roof. It is protection from the cold, the rain, the sun, dangerous animals, disease. It is the foundation for life, for family, for community. It’s a space to feel safe, to have privacy, to heal and start the long road to recovery.
Right now, we’re providing aid to families with houses left in tatters by bombs and fighting. We’re helping families caught in some of the world’s most extreme conflict zones, including the Syrian conflict and the Lake Chad Basin, and also in some of the world’s largest refugee camps like Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
Our work keeps families and communities together, increasing feelings of stability and togetherness during a time of unprecedented global conflict and displacement.
We can’t give back what was lost, but we can provide the tools for families and communities to start their own recovery, promoting stability in the face of such huge trauma.
We can give tents, tarpaulins, ropes and nails and other vital tools to rebuild a home. Solar lights so children can see their parents in the dark night and communities can combat isolation at night. Blankets to keep warm; mosquito nets, water filters and containers to protect from disease; cooking pots to provide meals.
All vitally important when suddenly you have nothing and you need to rebuild your home and your place in the world.

ShelterBox Learns From The Retail Giant Experts To Make Every Dollar Count

image of volunteer packing a ShelterBox

 

No two humanitarian disasters are the same, which means ShelterBox responses need to be flexible as well as fast. Always looking to improve value for families in need and for our donors, the charity has been working with LCP Consulting, experts in how to sharpen our supply chain.

When ShelterBox goes shopping for aid products, the whole world is its market place – boxes from Belgium, tents from China, Vietnam and Pakistan, solar lighting from the USA, water filters from the UK.

Getting the very best value for money means considering where each item is sourced, the reputation of its suppliers, and the cost of transporting it to our headquarters in Cornwall, UK for packing, or sometimes direct to a disaster zone. All this for an aid organisation that has to be prepared every day of the year for an unknown workload in unpredictable locations.

This complex map of sourcing, supply and storage needs constant review as new products and new trading routes emerge. So ShelterBox is fortunate to be working with one of the world’s major supply chain thought leaders, LCP Consulting. LCP has worked across many sectors, including retail, manufacturing, public services, chemicals, energy and automotive. They are using this vast knowledge to help ShelterBox develop a world class supply chain.

LCP also has an impressive list of household-name clients, including retail giants Marks & Spencer, ASDA, Hewlett Packard, Sony, British Airways, DHL Solutions, Unilever, Walmart, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Shell, Argos, and Tesco.

Alison Wallace, Chief Executive of ShelterBox, says, ‘Many of the lessons and logistics that help goods reach our supermarket shelves apply also to ShelterBox’s procurement needs, so the offer of working with LCP was very valuable to us. The aid products that we purchase must be of good quality, available in the quantities we need, and from sources that we can rely on to help us respond to sudden demand during a major disaster. We must also consider where in the world we position our supplies, for what duration, and how they should be stored.’

‘Although our workload is volatile and unpredictable from month to month, we absolutely have to deliver at the right time and value for money – our donors and supporters rightly expect nothing less.’

LCP features ShelterBox as one of its online case studies, amid dozens of national and international brands. It says, ‘Time was of the essence for an NGO that provides temporary shelter for displaced families in disaster zones. Working closely with their team to understand their business, we developed a solution to deliver improved value for money to donors, increased organisational capacity, and more effective response times. Strengthening their supply chain enabled them to deliver help where it was needed, and fast.’

Shelterbox asked LCP to review its processes and operations to provide an independent view on where improvements could be made. Their recommendations include shortening the lead times on product ordering where possible to minimise stock and storage costs. They recognised the need for fast on-the-ground response to support families who need aid, so advised ShelterBox on the forward deployment of stock and the availability of response teams, all aimed at increasing the charity’s deployment agility and reducing its costs.

In April this year ShelterBox itself offered advice to the retail industry about the challenges of delivering to parts of the world where there may not be roads, let alone postcodes. CEO Alison Wallace spoke at the Home Delivery World Europe conference to an audience including brands such as Harrods, Habitat and Disney, and product deliverers including eBay and Direct Link.

ShelterBox Goes To The Movies For New Bond Film’s Royal Premiere

photo of Daniel Craig as James Bond, in the cockpit of a crashed helicopter

 

ShelterBox is honoured to have been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from this year’s Royal Film Performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 October.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have nominated ShelterBox to benefit from one of London’s biggest red carpet events, theRoyal Film Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, which this year will be the World Premiere of the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE.

The Royal Film Performance is held in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the charity for the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, which provides support for those working behind the scenes in times of hardship. SPECTRE will be the third Bond film chosen since the Royal Film Performances began in 1946.

Their Royal Highnesses were invited to nominate two further charities to benefit from this year’s event. ShelterBox was chosen, in particular for its work in Nepal following the earthquakes, and Save the Children for their role helping families fleeing Syria and Iraq, and during the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The charities receive an equal share of the value of tickets, and sales of a special souvenir programme featuring a page about ShelterBox.

Before the performance Their Royal Highnesses will meet trustees and beneficiaries of the CTBF, representatives of Save the Children, and ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace. They will then meet members of the film’s cast and crew including Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes. The cast will be joined by director Sam Mendes, and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who are vice patrons of the CTBF.

 

James bond with M, from the upcoming film SPECTRE

In SPECTRE, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as Ian Fleming’s world famous secret agent, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation, while Ralph Fiennes as the new ‘M’ battles political forces to keep the secret service alive. The movie was shot at Pinewood Studios, and on location in London, Mexico City, Rome, Morocco and Austria.

ShelterBox’s Alison Wallace says, ‘For ShelterBox to have been put in the spotlight in this way, and given the chance to benefit from such a Royal and celebrity occasion, is a huge honour. The world’s media will be there, and we will have the chance to tell some very famous and influential people what we do, and how we do it.’

‘I suppose our own response volunteers could be considered international agents too, though a little less glamorous and secretive than 007. ShelterBox also responds to disaster and danger. But there the similarity ends. We are so grateful to the Royal family and to Sony Pictures for including us in the ‘cast list’ for this event, and hope that all our donors, supporters and volunteers share our pride in ShelterBox being selected.’

This is ShelterBox’s second brush with Hollywood action movie fame this year. Here in Australia, we  provided ShelterBoxes and tents for closing shots of a post-earthquake shelter camp at the climax of the winter blockbuster ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

San Andreas poster

 

SPECTRE is due for release in Australia on 12th November.

Rotary International Extends Its Project Partnership With ShelterBox

Rotary International logo

ShelterBox is proud to be Rotary International’s only official project partner worldwide. Now, with the relationship being extended into 2016, Alison Wallace explains why this is such a strong ‘circle of friendship’

In 2012 ShelterBox received the accolade of becoming Rotary International’s first-ever official Project Partner. Now it has heard that this unique partnership will be renewed until at least March 2016.

ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace says, ‘I’ve often thought that the phrase ‘what goes around, comes around’ suits Rotary ideally. Rotary has a circular emblem, and the notion of life having a circular karma – that personal acts of kindness will be returned to you via the kindness of others – seems to capture Rotary’s global spirit.’

‘The ShelterBox team shares that spirit, because there is no greater calling than helping people in distress. Time and again Rotarians work alongside ShelterBox – many of them within it. So I am delighted that Rotary International has extended our official project partnership, further strengthening a circle of friendship that reaches around the world.’

The agreement offers opportunities to collaborate and combine resources to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world affected by disasters and humanitarian crises.

L-R ShelterBox Australia Ambassadors, John Hale, June Wade and David Brockway are all Presidents elect for their respective Rotary Clubs

L-R ShelterBox Australia Ambassadors, John Hale, June Wade and David Brockway are all Presidents elect for their respective Rotary Clubs

Fundraising efforts by Rotarians and their clubs worldwide make up a large proportion of the donations received by ShelterBox. Rotary clubs also provide invaluable support to field operations in disaster zones, by acting as consignees for aid, helping with transport, accommodation, providing vital local knowledge and an ability to cut through red tape. Many ShelterBox Response Team volunteers are Rotarians, and every one of ShelterBox’s international affiliate organisations was set up by Rotarians or Rotaracters.

Alison adds, ‘The importance of Rotary to ShelterBox can’t be overstated.  Just a handful of examples – it was a Rotary contact that alerted us to the monsoon floods in Malaysia this Christmas, and introduced our team to the country’s Prime Minister. We are one of very few western agencies able to operate in North Korea, due largely to liaison through a Rotary contact in Shanghai. Rotarians in Jordan have been essential to our work there helping Syrian refugees, and in May 2014 local Rotarians helped us to reach flood-stricken families in isolated parts of Serbia.’

Image of  SRT and Rotarian, Tony Williams

SRT member and Rotarian, Tony Williams exchanges a club banner with Rotary in Jordan

‘The list of our collaborations is continuous and endless. But I also think it is the individual acts of support that exemplify this special relationship, such as Medway Rotarian Ann Livings, who recently walked up Snowdon  despite having severe arthritis, raising funding for two ShelterBoxes.’

Back in 2012, Iquitos Rotarians in Peru alerted ShelterBox to Amazon River flooding. They worked with ShelterBox Response Team Malcolm Shead and Rachel Simpkins, provided translation, funded transport of ShelterBoxes up the river, and helped get aid to remote communities. By the end of the deployment ShelterBox and Rotary had provided 171 boxes to families in this inhospitable landscape.

Photo of SRT volunteers Alan Monroe (US), Bruce Heller (US) and Derek Locke (US) outside Iquitos Rotary Club, Peru, May 2012

SRT volunteers Alan Monroe (US), Bruce Heller (US) and Derek Locke (US) outside Iquitos Rotary Club, Peru, May 2012

For nearly a century Rotary clubs in the Philippines have been creating positive change. The first Philippine Rotary club was created in Manila in 1919, and in 1979 Rotary funded the immunisation of six million children to help eradicate polio. Now the Philippines’ 800 Rotary Clubs have stood alongside ShelterBox and its charity partners in a year-long response to Typhoon Haiyan, helping to create more resilient shelter so communities become less reliant on international aid after tropical storms.

Alison says, ‘In 15 years ShelterBox has grown from one Rotary club’s adopted project to become the largest global partnership in Rotary’s 100-year history. Last October I welcomed RIBI President Peter King to our Helston HQ. We both felt that the alliance of 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide with ShelterBox’s international reach had built a major force in humanitarian aid.’

‘It is great to see our partnership flourishing, and its official endorsement continuing for another year.’

Rotary and ShelterBox, A Year Of Collaboration

image of ShelterBox tent with rotary logo on

 

The global support from the Rotary network is the cornerstone that ShelterBox is built upon. Rotary has been instrumental in our growth and Rotarians are the cement that binds us together. Since we were founded, we grew from one club’s adopted project to the largest global Rotary club project in the 100-year history of the organisation. In 2014, both Rotary and ShelterBox have built upon this partnership, lending support to one another strategically, in terms of fundraising and awareness and with Rotarians lending operational support in many of our disaster responses.
In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International’s first project partner. This agreement offers opportunities to collaborate and combine resources to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters and humanitarian crises.
The fundraising efforts by Rotarians make up a significant proportion of donations received by ShelterBox. Alongside this, Rotary Clubs provide invaluable logistical support during our disaster zone responses.
Rotarians will often be the people who ensure our aid can be delivered into a country by acting as consignees and taking responsibility for a delivery. These essential acts mean we can deliver aid to people in need as quickly as possible. More often than not, it will be Rotarians who are the first point of contact for our response team volunteers when they arrive in a country that has been devastated by a disaster. They provide everything from logistical support, translators and local knowledge, to a bed to sleep in.
This slideshow celebrating International Rotary Day 2014 highlights how Rotarians have volunteered for ShelterBox in response to the Syria crisis, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and flooding in Niger throughout 2013 and early 2014.
 
The global Rotary network has been key in our international growth. At present, all of our affiliates have been set up by Rotarians or Rotaracters and the growth has been phenomenal.
Operational support
In May of 2014, local Rotarians leant much-needed support to help shelter flood-stricken families in isolated areas of Serbia. The region had suffered what many were calling the worst flooding in the Balkans in decades. Response team volunteer Giles Walker produced this short film, in which we hear from local Rotarian Svetislav Goncic who was invaluable in assisting ShelterBox throughout the response in the region.

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.

Boxing Day Tsunami Remembered

Indonesian woman walk amongst the destruction of Ache

All around the globe, 26 December 2004 is synonymous with one thing – the Boxing Day Tsunami. Thousands of families suffered personally and as for the 12 countries directly affected, they will remember this geographical phenomenon for years to come. But so too, will ShelterBox, for without this cataclysmic event, the path ShelterBox has taken would have been very different to where we have ended up today, ten years on.
Whilst people were sitting around their televisions full of Christmas lunch from the day before, the founding members of ShelterBox sprang into action sending out 300 boxes they had ready-packed in the warehouse.

The local media then latched onto our efforts and helped to raise our profile and awareness. While we knew our 300 boxes were not going to have the greatest effect on the thousands of displaced families and communities, they had the best impact we could have asked for on the communities back home.

The local community’s response was astounding. A group of volunteers stood outside a local supermarket for four days and raised a staggering £35,000 in the midst of Christmas and New Year period! We had people queueing up outside our warehouse trying to help in any way possible.
We were lucky enough to have a link with the haulage and transport community and were able to tap into their resources by sending our boxes up to the airports on the otherwise empty lorries returning up-country.  By now we had more money and volunteers coming in than we, the small organization based on the tip of Cornwall, knew what to do with.
‘Looking back over the years, if these people hadn’t enlisted themselves as volunteers, dedicating their time, resources and efforts – whether they were packing the boxes, fundraising for the charity or the companies who assisted us in transporting our boxes out to the disaster zones, we wouldn’t be here today’ said Ian Munday, retired board member.
Volunteers began packing ShelterBoxes in our Cornish warehouse where they continue to do so today.

Volunteers began packing ShelterBoxes in our Cornish warehouse where they continue to do so today.

The level of activity within the charity increased beyond what anyone could have imagined. The number of boxes we had planned to produce for the year was 1,200 but by the end of 2005 we had produced over 22,000!
By the end of March we had received more than £7 million worth of donations and had produced over 10,000 boxes alone. Seemingly overnight we had a twentyfold increase and as testament to the efforts of our volunteers, had managed to survive it.
Operating on a world stage
By handling the pressure from the increase in our operations, we showed that ShelterBox was emerging as an established charity with the ability to rank alongside the likes of aid agencies CARE and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in disaster relief. The sheer scale of the tsunami’s destruction allowed us to garner more visibility from increased news coverage as we responded to the 12 countries affected around the Indian Ocean.
We cemented our status on the world stage of disaster relief charities by surviving the dramatic increase of activity without compromising our goal: delivering our aid to the thousands who were in need of it.
With the ten-year anniversary approaching, we, along with the millions of others around the globe, pay our respects to those who lost their lives in this catastrophic event. But we will also quietly remember that it was this disaster that brought us to the attention of thousands of donors, who helped us assist the hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries to rebuild their lives.

Legal, Financial And Fundraising Experts Join ShelterBox Trustees

The ShelterBox Trust has appointed three new Trustees to its Board, beefing up its legal, financial and fundraising expertise

The ShelterBox Trust has appointed three new Trustees to its Board, beefing up its legal, financial and fundraising expertise

 

In a move signalling a gear change for international disaster relief organisation, ShelterBox, the charity has announced that three sector heavyweights will be joining its Board as new Trustees.

ShelterBox, now in its 14th year, and with a growing reputation for being ‘fast or first’ to help  shelter families in the world’s disaster zones, is dedicated to adapting and refining its disaster aid response – to better protect and support communities overwhelmed by humanitarian crisis.

Joining its Board shortly will be:

  • James Vaughan, Fundraising and Communications Director at top ten charity the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), where he has recently been transforming the way the RNLI raises its funds. With experience in London marketing and advertising agencies, James is also giving the RNLI a new international focus around drowning prevention.
  • Robin Bayford, an experienced chartered accountant. He retired in 2012 from his post as finance director of the country’s largest private client fund manager, Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC, a FTSE 350 company employing 1,900 people. Robin helped increase the group’s turnover from £10 million to £269 million, was responsible for all its accountancy, treasury and taxation matters, and for its dealings with City analysts.
  • James Sinclair Taylor, a Partner at top 100 London-based law firm Russell-Cooke Solicitors LLP, where he heads up their charity and social enterprise team. An expert on Charity Commission regulation, he is also a member of the Charity Law Association. James is identified by Chambers 2011 as a ‘leading individual’ and ‘a massively effective lawyer’, and in Chambers 2014 for having ‘huge experience of the voluntary sector’. He also holds several other posts including management consultancy and trust grant distribution, has worked in the record industry, and advised UNICEF on international collaboration. James has founded three charities, and was appointed by the Secretary of State as Protector of the successor to the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts.

ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace says, ‘These are exciting times for our organisation, and we are very pleased to have attracted such expertise to the Board. Robust financial, fundraising and legal governance is vital to what we do, and how we do it. ShelterBox already has an authoritative voice in humanitarian aid, but Trustees of this calibre will help guide and endorse our plans to help more and more families in the future.’

The current Board of Trustees comprises:

  • (Chair) Dr Rob John OBE FREng
  • George Curnow
  • Peter Munro-Lott
  • Richard Bland
  • Bill Decker
  • Chris Warham

International Representation At ShelterBox Training

UK. 9 April 2014. ShelterBox Response Team candidates in yellow bibs listen to their next instructions from ShelterBox Senior Trainer Mark Boeck.

UK. 9 April 2014. ShelterBox Response Team candidates in yellow bibs listen to their next instructions from ShelterBox Senior Trainer Mark Boeck.

 

Twelve enthusiastic candidates from across the globe are currently on day five of the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) pre-deployment training course at ShelterBox’s training centre in Cornwall, UK near its headquarters.
The international disaster relief charity uses highly-trained volunteers to deliver ShelterBox aid to survivors of disasters and humanitarian crises.
‘We only deploy volunteers who have been carefully selected to deliver our emergency aid and this course is the final part of their extensive training,’ said ShelterBox Development Manager Nicky Richardson.
‘Working in emergency response can be complex and requires significant skill and knowledge – everything from clearing customs and identifying those most in need to media liaison. Everyone here has different skills to bring to the table and come from all corners of the world. On this course we’ve people from India, Germany and UK.’

‘Not knowing what’s coming next’

Agnes Leder is one of the candidates and is from Hamburg, Germany. She reflects on the course:
‘It’s been amazing so far. It’s helped me develop myself but has also helped me understand how it is to be on deployment responding to disaster and humanitarian crisis. I have a greater awareness and understanding of how to act and the course has stretched me physically and mentally. The most challenging part is not knowing what’s coming next.’
Nicola Hinds has travelled from Northern Ireland to do the training and said: ‘We need to be prepared for the sights and sounds we’re going to experience in a disaster zone. Obviously to do the job well and bring shelter to the needy people we need to be prepared to help them in the best possible way and this training is doing exactly that.’

Mentoring

The SRT members mentoring the candidates have traveled from Canada, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden and elsewhere in the UK to share their stories and experiences, assisting in their training.
Australian Candidates
Prospective Australian and New Zealand candidates will undergo a 4-day selection course in Brisbane at the beginning of May. Successful candidates will attend the 9-day pre-deployment course later in the year.

ShelterBox Trains In Other Shelter Solutions

Corinne Treherne is the IFRC Senior Officer at the Shelter and Settlements department and is one of the Shelter Kit course trainers, Predannack, UK, January 2014.

Corinne Treherne is the IFRC Senior Officer at the Shelter and Settlements department and is one of the Shelter Kit course trainers, Predannack, UK, January 2014.

 

ShelterBox staff and Response Team volunteers from around the world are undertaking a familiarisation training course this weekend in the UK, delivered by shelter specialist the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on their Shelter Kit.
Natural or manmade disasters typically result in damage or loss to housing, leaving hundreds of people homeless, displaced or without adequate shelter.
In the initial stages of a disaster shelter is critical to survival, and beyond that, security and safety are also important in sustaining family and community life.
Since ShelterBox’s inception in 2000, the international disaster relief charity has responded to over 220 disasters and has provided shelter in the form of a custom-designed disaster relief tent big enough for an extended family. Fourteen years on, it is looking to add other shelter solutions, and is now working with the IFRC to achieve this.
‘This weekend, staff and Response Team volunteers will be undertaking a familiarisation course, delivered by two trainers from the IFRC, on their Shelter Kit,’ said ShelterBox Academy Senior Trainer and Response team volunteer Mark Boeck, who will be one of the twelve candidates attending the course.
‘Make repairs’
‘The Shelter Kit contains plastic sheeting or tarpaulins, as well as basic tools, rope and fixings, such as nails, and will enable households to rapidly provide their own shelter solutions or to make repairs to their damaged houses in the aftermath of a disaster.
ShelterBox Operations staff members on Day 1 of the IFRC Shelter Kit course, Predannack, UK, January 2014.

ShelterBox Operations staff members on Day 1 of the IFRC Shelter Kit course, Predannack, UK, January 2014.

 

‘Understanding the principals and different ways that these kits can be utilised will enable ShelterBox to provide an alternative shelter option to more people, more quickly rather than waiting for the provision of a tent or other temporary shelter.’
Corinne Treherne is the IFRC Senior Officer at the Shelter and Settlements department and is one of the course trainers:
‘Strengthen knowledge and capacity’
‘There are three main objectives of the course. Firstly to acknowledge the shelter response that the IFRC applies; secondly to strengthen knowledge and capacity as it applies to supplying adequate emergency shelters, to promote good practices, and to inform on the practice and utilisation of the Shelter Kit. Finally the course aims to train people in providing technical assistance of the shelter kits to beneficiaries, like a train-the-trainer programme.
‘By the end of the three-day course, all participants will know how to fix a tarpaulin the best way, build a temporary shelter and be aware of the standards. Their knowledge will be improved on how to reinforce a home and how to make recommendations on how to improve the shelter kit. They will also be able to assist other community members with the techniques to build a temporary shelter in the event of a disaster.’
The course is being held at ShelterBox’s training centre at Predannack in Cornwall in the UK, not far from ShelterBox headquarters.

 

 

Video: Happy New Year!

Thank you all for your kind and generous support throughout 2013

Thank you all for your kind and generous support throughout 2013

 

It’s been another busy twelve months for us at ShelterBox. Thanks to all of your generous support we have been able to send ShelterBox aid to help displaced families on over 30 deployments across nearly 20 different countries, responding to typhoons, cyclones, hurricanes, fires, flooding, earthquakes and conflict.

Looking back at a couple of our successes this year, we were the first international aid organisations to distribute relief tents in Lebanon. We are continuing to work with implementing partners to help people displaced inside Syria itself. Currently we are continuing to bring shelter and other vital aid to communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. A few weeks ago there were five ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) in the Asian country. Never before have so many SRT members been deployed at the same time to the same disaster. Together we have helped bring shelter and other vital aid to nearly 13,000 families this year. 
Thank you for giving up your time once again to help communities in desperate need. This video looks back at our disaster relief work throughout 2013:

Happy Holidays everybody and we wish you a very happy new year! Thank you!