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Shelterbox

Delivering the essentials families need to begin rebuilding their lives after disaster strikes

Each disaster is different, and so is every community. For some disaster-hit communities, family-sized tents are the best solution until they are able to start rebuilding their homes. In other disasters, heavy duty tarpaulins, ropes and nails are needed to create emergency shelter or to patch-up damaged buildings. A home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarpaulin and tent pegs. Shelterbox offer other disaster relief items that are essential for survival and can help to turn a shelter into a home. Our sturdy green ShelterBox is an essential part of our aid range, and not just for storage. We’ve seen families use it as a work bench, a wardrobe, a seat, and even a crib! Disaster can rob parents and their children of everything. But with the right materials at the right time, families find ingenious ways to rebuild their lives. Each Shelterbox contains (amongst other things):

Tents

When disaster strikes, families need shelter to feel safe again. When they can’t start rebuilding their homes immediately, durable tents can make them feel safe and protected. From padded tents that can safely accommodate a stove, to medium-sized tents that fit in small spaces and ones that can last years if needed, families can feel like they’re home again.

Shelter kits, tools and materials

Shelter kits include a selection of hardwearing tools and materials that are customised to suit the needs of each community. These provide the essentials families need to start rebuilding homes straight away, ranging from tough tarpaulin and timber to corrugated sheeting and even room dividers. The versatile tools help with everything from clearing rubble to building shelters and even tending crops, creating furniture, cutting firewood and making repairs.

Light

Solar lights can last up to 24 hours on just one charge on the lowest setting. They are lightweight and waterproof, making them easy to carry in any situation. Because they are so safe, cheap and easy to use, families use solar lights in different ways – for work, education, family activities, or simply moving around at night. They also provide comfort.

Warmth

Blankets, groundsheets and mattresses not only provide vital warmth, but comfort too. These simple items can be used in a variety of ways, from bedding to room dividers, turning a shelter into a home.

Clean water

When disasters devastate the landscape and force families far from home, it can be hard to access safe, clean water. By providing families with water containers and filter and purification equipment, safe drinking water becomes one less thing to worry about.

Family meals

Kitchen set including pots and pans provide the framework of everyday life. By providing cooking sets, containing a range of sturdy utensils, families can spend quality time together eating meals that provide normality and nourishment.

Mosquito Nets

In countries where insect-borne diseases are common, our mosquito nets are a simple and effective way to keep families safe. Coated with insecticide, the mosquito nets offer an extra layer of protection by killing insects on and around the net.

 

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