ShelterBox: Helping Those in Need

Everyone has heard about what happened in Nepal at the end of April. If you haven’t, stop playing CandyCrush and turn on the news. An earthquake killed over 8,800 people, and injured another 23,000.

Of course, there are plenty of ways to help. You can donate to organizations like the Red Cross. But maybe you want another option.

An organization that I have donated to many times before, called ShelterBox, is currently responding in Nepal and many other places around the world. From their website, ShelterBox’s mission is to provide relief by delivering “equipment and materials that provide shelter, warmth, and dignity” to those in need after a disaster, natural or otherwise. The goal is to help 50,000 families every year.

whats_in_the_box_pagetopDuring a crisis, large crates are sent to disaster areas containing a large tent, blankets, mosquito nets, water purification equipment, a tool kit, cooking supplies, and an activity pack for the kids. More information about these materials can be found on their website.

ShelterBox has responded to many disasters around the world since it’s start in 2000. They sent aid to the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, and helped provide shelter for those left without homes after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More recently, ShelterBox responded to the Oklahoma Tornadoes in 2013, LunciaandJosephTraguraPhilippines2014the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, and conflict in Gaza in 2015. This organization has active deployments in Nepal, Niger, Cameroon, Vanuatu, Pakistan, Iraq Kurdistan, Philippines, Syria, and Lebanon.

There are plenty of way to be involved with this great organization. You can donate, fund-raise, and volunteer. Each box cost $1000, so every little bit helps! Though all donations are accepted, if you or your group fund an entire box, you will be able to track it to see where it goes. That’s pretty cool.

So, if you’re looking for a new way to help those in need, check out ShelterBox!

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All photos taken from the ShelterBox website

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