Graham Mann has thanked Kimberley United Church people for their support of the Shelter Box program. Here is an email message Graham and Gerta received from the project.
The new ShelterBox Canada leadership team is working hard to take the project forward with support of Rotary Clubs from across Canada. Our number one priority is to ensure we can help more people around the world who are in desperate need, largely as a result of the effects of natural disasters.
With the ongoing responses to the floods in Pakistan and the earthquake in Haiti alongside disasters in Niger, Guatemala and Mexico, it’s been another busy month for ShelterBox.
Since June 2010, over $282,000 in Canadian donations has been raised for ShelterBox which will fund distribution of 195 ShelterBoxes in Pakistan and 87 in other disaster locations.
We thank all for your support on behalf of the many disaster victims.
ShelterBox continues to respond to the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan. ShelterBox has now committed enough shelter for up to 147,590 people. Alongside this ShelterBox has distributed 20,000 family Lifestraws and 10,000 water containers. Click HERE to read more about ShelterBox response in Pakistan.
ShelterBox tents have been distributed all over Pakistan in response to the recent flooding and have provided enough shelter for thousands of people thanks to ShelterBox.
400 ShelterBoxes to be sent to Mexico
Emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for up to 4,000 people are being sent to Mexico to help families in desperate need.
ShelterBox is responding to a triple-pronged disaster in southern Mexico. Floods, landslides and damage from two hurricanes has left Mexico reeling. Canadian ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Jeninifer Kormendy from Vancouver along with SRT members Ian Neal (UK) and Jack Chambers (UK) have been operating in the country and working with local Rotarians to assess the worst affected areas.
Speaking from Mexico, Jenifer Kormendy said: ‘One town we visited north of Veracruz had 180 homes along the river washed away. People have only the clothes on their backs and have been sleeping outdoors with not so much as blankets. We were there after dark and saw people sleeping underneath cars. Shelters in the city of Veracruz are full of people evacuated from rural areas that are completely under water still. ShelterBox is being welcomed with open arms by everyone we meet.’
You can follow ShelterBox’s work in Mexico as it unfolds by clicking HERE
ShelterBox and Disaster Aid Canada recently completed successful mediation meetings with a positive agreement for both organizations to move forward. The agreement binds both parties to confidentiality with respect to the settlement.
The former ShelterBox Canada is now operating separately as Disaster Aid Canada. ShelterBox regained the name of ShelterBox Canada which will operate as the new Affiliate of ShelterBox International.
In September the new ShelterBox Canada was incorporated as a non profit Corporation. We are now in the process of applying for charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency. In the meantime ShelterBox will continue to operate as a project of the Rotary District 5550 World Community Service Foundation which is a registered charity in Canada. Charitable Registration #: 892901760RR0001.Visit our website at www.shelterboxcanada.org