District 1220 ShelterBox Update August 2013

Thankfully we have no new major disasters to contend with,but the ongoing situations as listed below still need our help.

It is vital for us to maintain the stock of ShelterBoxes in the event of the inevitable happening.

If you would like further information about ShelterBox or want a SB presentation for your own club or local area,just call me!

As ever, I invite anyone who wishes to support SB in any way, to contact me.We are really in need extra helpers especially in the Eastern section of D1220.

If you want to get involved hands on with presentation to clubs schools ,scouts,get in touch.

Without your help Shelterbox would not exist. With your help we can do more and at the same time share the load in our team.

May I also recognise the recent update from our own Aquabox and congratulate the team for their success.

It is important to support these worthy causes, as both are vital to help those in need.

Kindest Regards
Yours in Rotary

Peter H Swift FRICS
Swift & Co Chartered Surveyors.
Rotary District Governor, 2000-1
Rotary International, District 1220.
District Shelterbox Co-ordinator D1220

ShelterBox Operational Information

Total Boxes Deployed since 2000 – 129,600

Philippines – Typhoon Bolaven – Monitoring and evaluation

Team: John Cordell (US), Alison Ashlin (UK), Alison Wallace (CEO visit), Maribeth Lloyds (Corporate visit), Ana Krasojevic (Corporate visit with JTI)

Aid distributed: 354 boxes, 760 tents

Comments: Typhoon Bopha hit in December 2012 on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, wiping out tens of thousands of homes in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. ShelterBox distributed a total of 852 boxes over several months due to the enormity of the disaster. Now, four months after the last team returned home, a monitoring and evaluation team has gone back to the affected areas to collate information to improve ShelterBox’s overall response by speaking to beneficiaries and collecting their feedback, interviewing in-country partners and assessing the conditions of the ShelterBox aid in the storm-hit areas. Alison W. has gone out to witness first-hand ShelterBox’s work along with Maribeth, ShelterBox’s Corporate Fundraising Manager, who is also with Ana from JTI, one of ShelterBox’s corporate funders.

Syrian conflict – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan & Iraq

Turkey/Syria – The SRT has returned from Turkey and Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) will continue distributing ShelterBox aid in Syria. Due to political concerns, there is no publicity for this response and is internal only – for any publicity enquiries please contact or

Aid distributed: 150 life straws, 150 water carriers, 150 solar lamps, 150 mosquito nets

Lebanon – Operations department is considering new areas of need and preparing to send more aid including thermal liners in preparation for the winter. The pack for a further 448 boxes will take place on 6 August at HQ.

Aid distributed: 1053 boxes

Iraq – Kurdistan – Awaiting the end of Ramadan before assessing needs of new influxes of refugees.

Aid distributed: 514 boxes

Jordan – Distributions on hold as need is currently being met by other agencies in Jordan. Ongoing monitoring of situation.

Aid distributed: 100 boxes

Ops monitoring

– Flash floods have affected northwest Pakistan. Operations are in touch with ShelterBox’s implementing partner the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), who have 324 of our tents prepositioned with them in their warehouse, and we stand ready to respond if necessary.

– Awaiting the government’s approval in Uganda on ShelterBox aid being prepositioned in country to enable quick responses to future disasters and possibly the current DRC refugee disaster, which Operations continue to monitor.

Thank you for your continued support!

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