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Rama Davis, Abbey Lewis and Jess Swanepoel

Rotary International renews Project Partnership with ShelterBox for a further three years!

Back in 2012 ShelterBox received the accolade of becoming Rotary International’s first-ever official Project Partner. Now it has been announced that the humanitarian partnership will continue until at least 2019.

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'Growing up in the shadow of War'

With no end in sight to the war in Syria, living in emergency camps and temporary shelters has become an everyday reality for many children.

As the war has raged on, people who were forced from their homes by fighting have found themselves living in camps for long periods of time. Inevitably, exposure to the extremes of Syria’s climate has taken its toll on these temporary shelters, meaning that children are growing up in tattered tents, exposed to the elements.

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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.


'Rotary and ShelterBox support Syrian refugees'

"The plight of Syria's refugees is a litmus test for the world's compassion ", says Rotary's International General Secretary John Hewko.

Read the December issue of the Rotarian to read the full story...

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'Shelter and Medicine for those living with HIV and Aids'.

When disasters strike, they don’t discriminate between rich or poor, healthy or sick, but often those less fortunate are the ones that are most affected.

As ShelterBox response teams first arrived in Nepal to help communities devastated by this spring’s massive earthquakes, they made it a priority to embed themselves in relief hubs where organisations gathered to coordinate their efforts. In doing so, they were able to share information and resources, and also ensure that no settlements, no matter how remote, were left without aid.

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'A ShelterBox school bag may be the only gift this child will receive this Christmas'

With no end in sight to the war in Syria, living in emergency camps and temporary shelters has become an everyday reality for many children.

ShelterBox through its partner in Syria has been able to get school supplies into some of the refugee camps. We have created an album containing new photos of our work in Syria, courtesy of our partner Hand in Hand for Syria.
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'ShelterBox - helping to brighten peoples lives'

The sun sets quickly in Malawi. There is little twilight and it gets dark all of a sudden. For many people living without regular access to electricity, this darkness is complete and can hold many dangers.
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'ShelterBox New Zealand sends seasons greetings to all our readers, donors, volunteers, supporters and their families’

Thank you for all that you do to support ShelterBox in sending the gifts of shelter, hope and togetherness across the world!

We wish to thank all of our Rotarians for their camaraderie, and for their immense practical help in reaching out to families in need.
NEWS: Updates and Monitoring:

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).

Overview: Approximately 240 people have been killed and over 217,000 others have fled Burundi following the incumbent government’s refusal to give up power. Over 92,000 refugees have fled to Tanzania following the election-related violence.

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

It has been over four years since conflict broke out.  More than 10 million people, almost half of Syria’s population have been displaced.  Russian and Iranian backed offensives by the Syrian government have displaced 200,000 people since the beginning of October.
Syria Partners: HIHS, IOM, ReliefAid, 2 other unnamed agencies.

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

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



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The quarterly ShelterBox newsletter lets our supporters know where we've been working in the world and where their donations go. Click the link below to find editions from our back catalogue!

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