ShelterBox Presentation at 43th District 3300 Rotaract Conference

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ShelterBox Presentation at 43th District 3300 Rotaract Conference by PDRR Leow Leik Hong.

ShelterBox Presentation at 43th District 3300 Rotaract Conference by PDRR Leow Leik Hong.

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  • 1. ValuesMission: Our mission is to deliver humanitarian aid in the form of equipment and materialsthat provide shelter warmth and dignity to people affected by natural or manmadedisasters.Value for money for donors and accountability: We are dedicated to delivering a qualityaid package that represents value for money while being accountable to our supporters,partners and every person who receives support from ShelterBox.Keep it simple. Do it now: ShelterBox’s aid relief is as simple as it is effective that’s whatmakes the charity one of the quickest and most practical disaster relief agencies in theworld. 1
  • 2. ShelterBox tents in Haiti, ShelterBox’s largest deployment. A total of 28,417ShelterBoxes have been dispatched helping over a quarter of million people since a7.0 magnitude earthquake struck in January 2010. 2
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  • 4. ShelterBoxes are prepositioned in several locations throughout the world and thereis also a large stock of equipment in the warehouse at HQ in Helston where morethan 300 volunteers are on call to pack boxes at short notice.Because of this ShelterBox are able to respond to an emergency within just 24hours of a disaster happening. 4
  • 5. ShelterBox was founded by Tom Henderson, Rotarian and former Royal Navy search and rescuediver. He saw that the aid response to most disasters was in the form of food andmedicine to help people survive the immediate aftermath. Little or no assistance was given in termsof adequate shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried torebuild their lives. ShelterBox was launched to fill that need.In 1999, Tom started researching the idea, sourcing equipment and negotiating to get the projectoff the ground. His persistence paid off in April 2000 when ShelterBox was launched and the RotaryClub of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall adopted it as its millennium project. Little did they know that itwould become a Global Rotary Club Project.The first consignment of 143 boxes was sent to earthquake victims in the Indian state of Gujarat inJanuary 2001. Over the next three years the project matured and by the end of 2004 nearly 2,600boxes had been dispatched, following 16 major disasters.On 26th December 2004, news came in of the devastating Boxing Day tsunami and ShelterBoxfaced its most significant challenge, one that would change its course forever. Donations andvolunteers poured in and in 2005 ShelterBox sent almost 10 times the number of boxes it had sentin the previous three years. In just a few short months, ShelterBox had emerged as a majorpresence in the field of international disaster relief.
  • 6. The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective.ShelterBox deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediateaftermath of a disaster. Each ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typicallycontains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage andpurification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’sactivity pack and other vital items.The aid that ShelterBox provide is of the best quality from the best manufacturersin the sector and ShelterBox regularly seek to improve on what is already a verycomprehensive set of emergency supplies.For every donation of £590 we are able to send a ShelterBox. This covers the costof the contents, storage and delivery to families.It may be six days, six weeks or even six months before your ShelterBox isdespatched but unlike other agencies, ShelterBox promises your donation will helpa family who need the aid most and you will be able to see where your donationgoes when you receive your unique box tracker number, with this you can log on toshelterbox.org and find out exactly which area of the world your ShelterBox hasbeen delivered to.
  • 7. The ShelterBox tent is designed by Vango and is constantly updated and modified inresponse to feedback from the field.Further information about the TentThe disaster relief tent is included in each ShelterBox and are widely regarded as the bestdisaster relief tents in the world. They are manufactured by Vango, who have worked withShelterBox since day one.ShelterBox and Vango work closely together to make sure the tent is the best it canpossibly be and it has undergone a series of transformations since the first consignmentwas sent. The latest version of the tent (below) came into circulation in 2009 and replacesthe green tent.Many of the alterations made for this latest version, came as a direct result of feedbackfrom beneficiaries. In high temperatures extra ventilation increases the air flow, and thereflective properties of the outer layer mean families can live more comfortably inclimates experienced in areas such as East Africa. In lower temperatures a foil, thermallayer can be added to retain heat. This is incredibly useful on deployments to mountainousregions such as northern Pakistan.ShelterBox is committed to ensuring this is the best disaster relief tent available. Thereforeit has undergone rigorous testing by Vango. The tent, and its poles, are tested in wind andrain tunnels with winds reaching 120mph. A video of the tent being tested can be seen onthe ShelterBox YouTube channel 7
  • 8. ShelterBoxes can provide other uses too – In 2008 when ShelterBox wereresponding to conflict in Kenya, Baby Favour was born just hours after her motherwas given a ShelterBox. The tent provided some privacy for her to give birth indignity and the box itself made a perfect cot! 8
  • 9. As of September 2011 ShelterBox have responded to 191 emergencies worldwide.NB: The map is correct as of July 2011. 9
  • 10. ShelterBox has a core team of dedicated staff but its volunteers are a hugely important part of itswhole operation. These are in three main areas:1.ShelterBox Response Teams - ShelterBox have over 160 highly trained individuals around theworld who travel to the disaster area and make sure the boxes get to those who need them themost by any means available2.Warehouse Volunteers – An enthusiastic team of volunteers performs the essential task ofpacking every ShelterBox that leaves our warehouse in the UK. ShelterBox is fortunate to have over300 volunteers locally who are on hand to pack boxes and lend a hand in the warehouse3.Volunteer speakers - ShelterBox also benefits from a large support base of volunteer speakersaround the UK who talk at local communities engagements, schools, scouts and other areas ofyouth. They also represent ShelterBox at fairs, festivals and other community events
  • 11. To connect its donors directly with the people they are helping, each box is given a unique number.Carefully recording where each box goes, donors have the opportunity to track their box to its finaldestination via the ShelterBox website.
  • 12. To connect its donors directly with the people they are helping, each box is given a unique number.Carefully recording where each box goes, donors have the opportunity to track their box to its finaldestination via the ShelterBox website.
  • 13. ShelterBox benefits from lots of partnershipsOther humanitarian aid agencies – In order to maximise the timeliness, effectiveness andappropriateness of our response to humanitarian emergencies, we work with a range ofleading international relief agencies and non-governmental organisations. We work in linewith the United Nations Cluster approach which aims to strengthen the capacity for theinternational humanitarian community to reach more beneficiaries, with morecomprehensive needs-based relief and protection, in a more effective and timely manner.Our expertise in emergency shelter and the unique ShelterBox Solution enhances otheragencies’ aid programmes. We provide specialised knowledge and resources while theycan provide us with local knowledge and help us identify the most vulnerable families whoneed our assistance.Rotary – ShelterBox has a special relationship with Rotary and with clubs in more than 200countries worldwide they give us vital information and support. Recognising thisworldwide support from the Rotary community, ShelterBox was designated as a GlobalRotary Club Project in 2009. The Rotary International logo has become an ever-presentsymbol on all ShelterBoxes, tents, blankets and ancillary materials.Scouts – ShelterBox has an official partnership with the Scouts Association in the UK andour Young ShelterBox education programme includes an area especially for Scouts andScout Leaders with lots of great activities. These activities are all based on themes that ourdisaster relief work provides. It also benefits from assistance in the field from Scouts whohave helped in lots of different disasters around the world, including Italy and KenyaShelterBox international affiliates – ShelterBox has a growing number of fundraising armsaround the world. These are teams who are developing their fundraising capacity and ourwebsite shows an up to date list of these www.shelterbox.org
  • 14. ShelterBox benefits from lots of partnershipsOther humanitarian aid agencies – In order to maximise the timeliness, effectiveness andappropriateness of our response to humanitarian emergencies, we work with a range ofleading international relief agencies and non-governmental organisations. We work in linewith the United Nations Cluster approach which aims to strengthen the capacity for theinternational humanitarian community to reach more beneficiaries, with morecomprehensive needs-based relief and protection, in a more effective and timely manner.Our expertise in emergency shelter and the unique ShelterBox Solution enhances otheragencies’ aid programmes. We provide specialised knowledge and resources while theycan provide us with local knowledge and help us identify the most vulnerable families whoneed our assistance.Rotary – ShelterBox has a special relationship with Rotary and with clubs in more than 200countries worldwide they give us vital information and support. Recognising thisworldwide support from the Rotary community, ShelterBox was designated as a GlobalRotary Club Project in 2009. The Rotary International logo has become an ever-presentsymbol on all ShelterBoxes, tents, blankets and ancillary materials.Scouts – ShelterBox has an official partnership with the Scouts Association in the UK andour Young ShelterBox education programme includes an area especially for Scouts andScout Leaders with lots of great activities. These activities are all based on themes that ourdisaster relief work provides. It also benefits from assistance in the field from Scouts whohave helped in lots of different disasters around the world, including Italy and KenyaShelterBox international affiliates – ShelterBox has a growing number of fundraising armsaround the world. These are teams who are developing their fundraising capacity and ourwebsite shows an up to date list of these www.shelterbox.org
  • 15. ShelterBox has grown rapidly since its inception in 2000, providing disaster relief allover the world.We are creative in finding effective solutions and are always improving the qualityof our work to make sure we deliver the best package possible for families affectedby disasters.With the unique knowledge ShelterBox has gained on the ground and the networksand infrastructure it has created, it is now in a strong position to significantlyincrease the number of families it can help.The objective is to provide emergency shelter for 50,000 families every year. 15