ShelterBox and Rotary officially became project partners in disaster relief in 2012. This partnership is instrumental to Rotary's disaster response strategy. One of the most important elements of the relationship is the opportunity for Rotary members to serve countries affected by disasters. Members can also take action by connecting their own communities with disaster-affected communities worldwide. By working together, we're able to combine resources to support areas immediately after a disaster and make a start on long-term recovery.
"So often, with any response, Rotarians and Rotaractors are our first contacts. They help us identify safe and unsafe areas, the right places to set up base. They provide drivers and translators. We wouldn't have the impact we do without the partnership."
— Ned Morris, a member of a ShelterBox response team and the Rotary Club of Walla Walla, Washington, USA
The partnership's impact
Rotary is the cornerstone upon which ShelterBox is built, and remains in the DNA of everything that ShelterBox does. It was a Rotarian's "people of action" spirit that founded ShelterBox in 2000 and because of Rotary's vast global network the two organizations have helped over 1.6 million people in 100 countries. More recently the partnership has ensured that lifesaving shelter and aid has helped families protect from the threat of coronavirus.
The Impact of ShelterBox
Shelter is more than just a roof – it’s a home. It’s the foundation for life, for families, for communities.
When disasters and conflicts displace people from their homes, we can’t wave a magic wand to replace what was lost, but we can have a positive impact. We can provide people with the tools to start the process of their own recovery.
Your support provides shelter that protects families from burning heat, bitter cold, dangerous animals and disease, and so much more.
A shelter creates a space where families can have privacy from the rest of the world, where they can feel safety and security in being together.
When people are plunged into crisis, normality is suspended. But good, quality shelter can cut through the chaos. It doesn’t just give people space to heal from physical and emotional trauma, but it gives them roots, roots that go far deeper than a simple tent peg.
Your support is amazing. Your support turns simple items like tents and tarps into the tools that transform lives.