Shelter Box
Aug 13, 2020 12:00 PM
Larry Parsons
Shelter Box

The global support from the Rotary International network is the cornerstone upon which ShelterBox is built. In April 2000, the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England adopted ShelterBox as its millennium project. Little did they know that it would become the largest Club project in the world, responding to disasters and conflict across the globe and providing emergency shelter to over one million people. Rotary has been instrumental in our growth and is the cement that binds us together. Since ShelterBox was founded, we have grown from one club’s adopted project to Rotary International’s only Project Partner in disaster relief. Their global network has been key in our international growth. At present, all ShelterBox affiliates have been set up by Rotarians or Rotaractors and the growth has been phenomenal.

In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International’s first Project Partner and remains the only disaster relief charity.

This agreement enables both organizations to collaborate more closely to bring relief and temporary shelter to survivors of disasters worldwide. The project partnership has built on both organization’s strengths in responding to disasters all over the world. Mutual benefits for both organizations are enormous. We receive incredible support from Rotary and, equally, we are acting as a catalyst in encouraging more people the world over to become involved with their local Club. ShelterBox can provide support as a club’s international project via speakers and supplemental material. Plus, ShelterBox offers multiple youth opportunities for culture exchange and leadership training.