ShelterBox’s vision - A world where no family is without shelter after disaster.
ShelterBox’s mission - To provide emergency shelter to families who have lost their home to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives. We go to hard to reach communities, often those overlooked by others, to provide vulnerable families with a place to call home. We work with our global network to support communities around the world to rebuild and recover from the worst days of their lives.
In August/September 2019 I undertook 10 days of training needed to join the ShelterBox Response Team (this means that I’ll be heading out to areas affected by disaster, trying to reach communities and help deliver aid); it was the most thorough, intensive and enriching experience, and furthered my resolve to be as involved with the charity as possible.
Whilst I plan to undertake various challenges in the future to help raise awareness, I’m keen to get the ball rolling with fundraising now, and start with my first deployment (I have availability later in 2019, but exact deployment dates depend on events that unfold around the world) having already started contributing to the work ShelterBox does.
What you can do
The aid ShelterBox delivers varies depending on the nature of the crisis they’re responding to, but can consist of tents, kits with tools to rebuild homes, solar lights, water purification systems and cooking sets (you can read more about the aid they provide here: https://www.shelterbox.org/shelter/aid). The exact cost of delivering the items varies depending on the crisis, but on average a ShelterBox, complete with tent and associated household items, costs £590.
I’d like (with your support!) to fund 2 of these, that’s £1180, by Christmas 2019.
Whilst the main purpose of this is to raise funds, if you don’t feel you’re able to contribute financially, taking time to look into the work ShelterBox does and spreading the word further is a positive outcome too (their website is a good starting point https://www.shelterbox.org, and they also have a lot of good video content available on Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/user/ShelterBoxUK)