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SHELTERBOX NEWSLETTER

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Rama Davis, Abbey Lewis and Jess Swanepoel

'ShelterBox goes to the movies for Royal Premiere"


ShelterBox has been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from this year’s Royal Film Performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry nominated ShelterBox. Alison Wallace, chief executive of Shelterbox, said: "For a small organisation like ShelterBox, this is a wonderful opportunity to raise our profile and, of course, funds.

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'Refugee crisis in Europe continues to grow'

 
The Greek island of Lesbos has again become a focus on the refugee trail as wet weather, illness and lack of shelter make conditions miserable for families. 

ShelterBox is considering a return to Lesbos, but CEO Alison Wallace explains that the refugee crisis is fraught with challenges and frustrations for aid agencies like ShelterBox. ‘The humanitarian need is obvious, and reports like those in the press make heart-breaking reading. But providing help to refugees within Europe is far from straightforward.’

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So far, ShelterBox has sent $4.8 million in aid and provided direct support for over 8,400 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan. Our ShelterBox Response Teams are working to assist the most vulnerable families.


ShelterBox has ensured distribution of aid through implementing partners including Hand in Hand for Syria (HIHS). Shelter kits, more tents, mosquito nets, water filters, water carriers, blankets, groundsheets, SchoolBoxes and solar lamps have all been sent to assist families in the region. HIHS are continuing to distribute aid throughout the country including to areas in the Aleppo governorate and the Syrian/Turkish border.

 

'Undercover in Syria - as the Vienna talks begin'


Of all the families on the refugee trail these are the hardest to reach, and the hardest to help - Syria’s internally displaced.

Four years of war in Syria have left a quarter of a million dead, and forced half the country's population - around 11 million people - from their homes.

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'ShelterBox learns to make every $1 count'.


When UK-based ShelterBox goes shopping for aid products, the whole world is its market place - boxes from Belgium, tents from China, Vietnam and Pakistan, solar lighting from the USA, water filters from the UK.

Getting the very best value for money means considering where each item is sourced, the reputation of its suppliers, and the cost of transporting it to Helston in Cornwall for packing, or sometimes direct to a disaster zone. All this for an aid organisation that has to be prepared every day of the year for an unknown workload in unpredictable locations.

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'ShelterBox on standby as a massive earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing hundreds'


Initial reports are of over 100 deaths as a powerful earthquake hit the mountainous Hindu Kush region of north-eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The high magnitude is similar to the Nepal quakes of April and May, but the epicentre is far deeper at 213 km.

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'ShelterBox President and Royal Patron arrives in New Zealand for State Visit’


Dunedin turned on a sunny day as crowds turned out to welcome Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to the city .

The royal couple, who winged their way down from Wellington after a couple of engagements in the capital, arrived on time at Dunedin Airport to be greeted by many supporters.

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NEWS: Updates and Monitoring:

NIGER & CAMEROON;
A 3-person SRT is visiting Niger and Cameroon to conduct evaluation activities for both responses and meet with partners IEDA (Cameroon) and PLAN (Niger).

TANZANIA;
Overview: Approx. 92,000 refugees have fled to Tanzania following election related violence in Burundi. 300 UNHCR / IFRC spec tents have been transported from Uganda ready to set-up with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

NEPAL:
Total aid distributed so far:  69 ShelterBoxes,  1736 Shelter kits and 10,200 Tarpaulins.

DPRK KOREA:
Overview: Following flooding in August show over 5,000 Households were displaced.

Request for assistance from KOMT and DPR Korea Embassy London.  500 Flex 3 tents (ex Dubai), winterization kits (ex Pakistan), stoves, mini boxes (ex UK) and additional 2000 blankets

Currently Coordinating with IFRC, DPRK Red Cross and World Federation of the Deaf

CURRENT DEPLOYMENTS:
Afghanistan, Cameroon, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Nepal, Niger, Malawi, Syria and Tanzania.
 

'AUTUMN ISSUE OF SHELTERBOX UK NEWSLETTER'

 

The new Autumn issue of the ShelterBox newsletter is out!

 
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