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Quick response to ShelterBox’s work in Nepal

The Royal Forest of Dean Rotary Club at its weekly meeting unanimously voted to immediately assist the Shelterbox demand by donating £2500 for the purchase and distribution of additional shelterboxes to help relieve the earthquake disaster in Nepal that happened just three days earlier.

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Following the tragic earthquake that hit Nepal this weekend, Rotary clubs have pledged their support to help the victims. Rotary is working with a range of box schemes to ensure there is immediate help to the country including:

  • Aquabox, which provides an AquaFilter Family water purification unit capable of producing a minimum of 18,000 litres of potable water – essential to earthquake stricken counties.
  • Shelterbox, which will help families in need of emergency shelter and vital supplies. There is a team from Shelterbox already in Nepal to help the effort.
  • Water Survival Box has released approximately 500 of its boxes to Humanity First UK. The boxes become a receptacle for water when emptied of survival items, and it includes a filtration pack that can deliver up to 100,000 litres of potable water.

A plea for emergency relief has come direct to Helston-based charity ShelterBox from a Rotary contact in Kathmandu, Nepal, close to the epicentre of a 7.8 magnitude quake that is thought to have claimed over 1,100 lives.

A local Rotarian has been in touch with fellow Rotarians in Nepal and says: “Shelter is a priority at the moment so more Shelter boxes may be best in the short term. In the longer term it will be rebuilding lives and communities.”

ShelterBox is sending an initial 500 shelter kits to Kathmandu to help provide shelter to the thousands of people who have been sleeping on the streets, despite the plummeting temperatures and thunderstorms. The shelter kits can be used in a variety of ways to help repair structures and create temporary shelters.