When a disaster, such as a flood, earthquake, hurricane or tsunami strikes, many survivors lose their homes, their possessions and their hope. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity specializing in emergency shelter provision. Humanitarian aid is delivered in iconic green ShelterBoxes. Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.
Highly trained volunteer ShelterBox Response Teams distribute the boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies, and Rotary Clubs worldwide. When a disaster strikes, ShelterBox teams can be on the ground within 24 hours, aiming to get the first shipment of boxes on the ground within 24-36 hours.
ShelterBox relies on the generosity and support of donors from across the world in order to be able to carry out international humanitarian relief work. Founded in 2001 by a Rotarian Tom Henderson, ShelterBox has grown for over a decade from its roots as a Global Rotary Club Project supported by Rotarians across the world, and is now recognized as one of the most innovative and leading disaster relief agencies in the world.
ShelterBox provides more than just emergency equipment and shelter to a family in need – it provides warmth, security, a renewed sense of hope and promise of a fresh start. We cannot eradicate natural or manmade disasters. We can only be prepared to respond to them.