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Recovery starts with shelter

Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family is vital for starting the long process of rebuilding your life.

ShelterBox teams work with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives.

Every disaster is different and so is every community, so we spend time with those affected to make sure we can offer the right support at the right time to help them recover.

Our teams can travel by boat, helicopter or tuk-tuk to get to the families who need your support – whatever it takes to get to the people who have lost their homes to disaster.

'When I received a ShelterKit, it gave me the courage to start rebuilding my house because I knew I had the materials I needed for the roof'.  Chief Sonjeka, from Mulanje, Malawi

ShelterBox is a first response disaster relief charity

- A World Where No Family Is Without Shelter After Disaster

Why have we chosen to support ShelterBox?

The Charity was founded in Cornwall in 2000 and is run entirely by Volunteers. The boxes are taken directly by Shelterbox to the people who need them, no middle-men. 

There are various kits which they can send to an area depending on need, sometimes its a well made toolkit and tarpaulin or the full ShelterBox. Even the way items are sent has been thought about to save shipping and import duties.

We first came across Shelterbox at a village fun day in Norfolk a few years ago and were really impressed with the whole concept. This year Tracey has volunteered to be a Shelterbox Scout Ambassador.

We really feel that we could make a difference to affected families across the globe, that will benefit from not only a tent but all the other well made equipment within.

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What could a donation help to buy?

Whole Box       £590  Average cost, they contain different items for each disaster depending on the need

Tent                 £385  There are three tents which they are able to deploy, average cost is £385. 

                                   All tents are for use by a household of 5 or 6, often with several generations 
ShelterKit         £69    Essentially a beefed-up tool kit with two large heavy duty tarpaulins 
Water carrier    £2     Two compact 10 litre water carriers in a box  
Water filter        £55   Two part filter that removes 99% of bacteria which
will clean appx 1,000 litres

                                   of water, roughly enough drinking water for a family for a month

Solar light         £10   Two solar lights per box/household, solar powered and some have USB chargers. 
Blanket             £7     Five blankets per box providing warmth and comfort, even in warmer countries 
Winter clothing  £varies  Disasters and displacement can happen in regions with cold, harsh winters 
Mosquito Net    £5     Vital to keep people healthy in Malaria prone region

 For more information about ShelterBox, please see their website


A few pictures from our training day, ready for the Kent Scouts Community Impact Day later in 2020.

 We were really impressed with the quality of all the equipment and the way the tent is designed.

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