In wake of the Typhoon Haiyan, one organization has stood out in their incredibly successful disaster relief efforts. Since the year 2000, ShelterBox has served over 90 disaster-stricken countries, delivering portable homes to those living without shelter. Last year alone, ShelterBox’s efforts reached 24 countries, while serving over 32 disasters.
So what exactly is in a shelter box? Well, a whole lot more than you’d think! Although each shelter box can be adapted to fit any disaster situation, most shelter boxes include the following:
- Tent (sleeps up to 10)
- Portable stove
- Cooking utensils
- Sleeping bags, thermal blankets, and ground insulation
- Hats, gloves, and scarves
- Mosquito nets
- Water purifier
- Essential tools (such as hammers, axes, saws, trenching shovels, and pliers)
- Coloring books and crayons
- And, most importantly…shelter!
With so many other valuable relief organization focused on food and water, ShelterBox has truly rounded-out disaster relief efforts, providing suffering individuals and families what they are most lacking: a home.
To learn more about this amazing organization, please visit http://www.shelterboxusa.org