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Shelterbox and Rotary extend our partnership in the Philippines

 

ShelterBox and Rotary International are Project Partners in Disaster Relief.  By working together, we are ensuring that no family is left without shelter after disaster.  Not only do Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world support ShelterBox financially, but on many of ShelterBox’s deployments local Rotarians, Rotaractors and Response Teams work closely together at an operational level. Rotarians often have great connections with communities and authorities that can help response teams understand the situation and respond better together.

Recently, in the Philippines, ShelterBox and Rotary have taken this partnership to the next level. ShelterBox has deployed disaster responses in the Philippines on twenty-five separate occasions. To innovate our responses, ShelterBox Operations Philippines was set-up as an in-country organization with aid stored locally so that we can respond more effectively.

Dave Ray, Horizon’s Lead at ShelterBox said:

“Rotary has been involved in the creation of the new agency in the Philippines since way before its actual invention. We have worked with Rotarians on all of our responses in the past so it is a very natural thing for us to go to Rotarians and ask for their advice when we were beginning the process.”

ShelterBox Operations Philippines, a locally registered ShelterBox office, was set up with a plan to create a network of local Rotarian Coordinators. In this way, when a disaster hits in the Philippines, our response can begin almost immediately.

When Tropical Storm Urduja hit the Philippines it caused flash flooding, landslides and destruction. The Rotary Club of Biliran Island started their response shortly after the storm passed by providing food, water, and health kits. They were quickly in contact with the local Rotarian Coordinators who coordinated with ShelterBox HQ Operations and the in-country Response team, who then started the ShelterBox Operations Philippines response.

There are many ways for Rotarians and Rotaractors to partner with ShelterBoxGain inspiration from fellow members and contact ShelterBox to get involved.

 

 
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