Diane and her family have been living in the community centre since Cyclone Winston hit. Their home was destroyed and they lost all of their possessions. It was terrifying, especially for their three- month-old child Yokimi.
With your support our ShelterBox teams were able to provide Diane and her family with a ShelterBox. The box not only contains a tent that the family will be able to stay in until they start rebuilding their home, but all of the essential items needed to help them return to normal life such as kitchen utensils, solar lights and a water filter. For Diane and her family, a ShelterBox means relief. She said: ‘I’m so happy to have a tent – to have a safe place of our own to sleep.’
The ShelterBox solution is a disaster response as simple as it is effective. They delivered promptly the essentials for an extended family to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, typically for about 12 months. Each large, green ShelterBox typically contains a disaster relief tent, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils,
mosquito nets, solar lamps, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. ShelterBoxes are always delivered under Rotary supervision and have been deployed on every continent, responding to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, volcanoes and conflicts.
The number of people left homeless by Saturday’s devastating typhoon has increased to 800,000 according to the latest United Nations estimate.
The typhoon was the biggest storm ever recorded to reach landfall, destroying buildings, wiping out villages and causing over 10,000 people to lose their lives.
ShelterBox aims to help up to 4,000 families and has launched a Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal. With 504 tents en route now from Dubai to Manila and a possible onward flight to Cebu, this latest shipment of aid is set to arrive on Wednesday 13 November. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members are already on the ground in the Philippines carrying out assessments in Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban. Mark Curnow (UK) arrived in country on Sunday.
‘Everyday that goes past we realise more and more the real significance of this disaster and the areas of devastation become more apparent’.