The global support from the Rotary International network is the cornerstone upon which ShelterBox is built.
In April 2000, the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England adopted ShelterBox as its millennium project. Little did they know that it would become the largest Club project in the world, responding to disasters and conflict across the globe and providing emergency shelter to over one million people.
Rotary has been instrumental in our growth and is the cement that binds us together. Since ShelterBox was founded, we have grown from one club’s adopted project to Rotary International’s only Project Partner in disaster relief. Their global network has been key in our international growth. At present, all ShelterBox affiliates have been set up by Rotarians or Rotaractors and the growth has been phenomenal.
In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International’s first Project Partner and remains the only disaster relief charity.
This agreement enables both organizations to collaborate more closely to bring relief and temporary shelter to survivors of disasters worldwide. The project partnership has built on both organization’s strengths in responding to disasters all over the world.
Mutual benefits for both organizations are enormous. We receive incredible support from Rotary and, equally, we are acting as a catalyst in encouraging more people the world over to become involved with their local Club. ShelterBox can provide support as a club’s international project via speakers and supplemental material. Plus, ShelterBox offers multiple youth opportunities for culture exchange and leadership training.
Rotary joins other international agencies in providing immediate relief to disaster survivors through our partnership with ShelterBox and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.”
– Gary C.K. Huang, 2014-15 Rotary International President
Rotary International’s logistical support on ShelterBox deployments is just as critical as the generous financial support we receive from Rotarians and Clubs worldwide.
The fundraising efforts by Rotarians make up a significant proportion of donations received by ShelterBox. Alongside this, Clubs provide invaluable support to our field operations.
Rotarians will often be the people who ensure our aid can be delivered into a country by acting as consignees. These essential acts mean we can deliver aid to people in need as quickly as possible.
More often than not, it will be Rotarians and Clubs who are the first point of contact for the SRT members when they arrive in a country that has been devastated by a disaster. They provide support with everything from transport, translators, local knowledge, even a bed and a hot meal.
In 2017 with the support of Rotary Clubs from around the world, we provided shelter for 32,000 families whose lives were devastated by disaster.
We were able to respond to world events 24 times, sending a variety of essential shelter and aid items to 21 different countries.
16 of the countries we operated in were affected by natural disasters, in most of which Rotary clubs provided invaluable in-country assistance.
Each year, Rotary helps us to go further, support more people and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach.
In April of 2015, the first of several massive earthquakes shook Nepal to its very core.
The first tremor measured a shocking 7.8 in magnitude. It was felt as far away as Delhi and whole villages across Nepal were flattened.
However, thanks to our partnership with Rotary, we received reports from local Rotarians and Rotaractors on the ground.
These first-hand accounts enabled us to build a picture of the devastation and to put a plan into action within hours.
Ashish is one of the Rotaractors whose amazing support, knowledge and dedication has helped to bring about lasting change to communities in need across Nepal.
A ShelterBox HERO is a Rotary Club who has committed to making an ongoing impact in worldwide disaster response by pledging to support ShelterBox annually for three consecutive years. Sustained annual donations help ShelterBox stay prepared for upcoming disasters in several ways. It takes time for items to be purchased or manufactured before being packed and pre-positioned for when needed. Learn how your Club can make a difference.
ShelterBox Youth Exchange Program
ShelterBox’s Youth Exchange is an exciting opportunity for participants of the program to develop their skills in several areas (including public speaking), support a Global Rotary Club Project and make a real difference to communities across the globe who have lost everything.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
RYLA is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. It is a unique opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to gain hands-on experience in developing leadership skills with a focus on community service.
Consider making the ShelterBox Experience a part of your next RYLA Conference!
Rotary Club Liaison
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