Monday, 6 April 2009

'Shelterbox' poised to help quake victims

"To provide humanitarian aid worldwide in the form of shelter, warmth and dignity to people displaced by natural and other disasters.” This is the mission statement of the Cornwall based charity 'Shelterbox'. Less than 24 hours ago, and in the middle of the night, a large earthquake struck in the middle of Italy but today I heard Tom Henderson, the founder of Shelterbox, say that his organisation are already on the case with staff based in France going to the scene of destruction to make an assessment of what is needed.

I've written about 'Shelterbox' before and make no apology for again flagging up their marvellous achievements. It was in 2001 they made their first deliveries of the boxes and of course it was following the boxing day tsunami of 2004 that they became so widely known. Last year saw them reach an incredible milestone: they had helped people in no less than 50 countries! For me they tick so many boxes (unintended pun) - the kit in the boxes is of immediate practical value, their response to a disaster is extremely quick and also their admin costs are I understand markedly lower than that of other relief organisations leaving more of your pounds being of direct help to those who need it.

Yes this is a truly remarkable charity. Their website is here.

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