February 7 - Shelter Box
Bill and Dennie Dyer of Shelter Box. J Arizzi photo.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Bill Dyer and Dennie Dyer (Londonderry NH Rotary)
Members We Missed: Not available
Announcements: Reminder for Foundation Giving
Bill Dyer from Londonderry NH Club shared with us about the Shelter Box Program. Here are snippets from his presentation and excepts from their brochure.
“In 1999, UK Rotarian and former Royal Navy search and rescue diver Tom Henderson spotted a gap in aid provision after natural disasters. While food and medicine were immediately delivered, little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help survivors through the first few days … ShelterBox was launched to fill that void.
One green ShelterBox provides a durable tent for an extended family of up to 10 people and life-saving tools such as water purification supplies, blankets, a cook stove and mosquito nets. The contents can be modified depending on the nature and location of the disaster …”
They are affiliated with Rotary with regards to support but not with funding and they have a similar arrangement with the Boy Scouts. ShelterBox does not deal with governments but has accepted payment in kind such as from China.
In 2012, ShelterBox has been already in Brazil, Columbia, Philippines (3) – there is a disaster every other week. The cost of a box including transportation is $1,000.00