Rotary Club Of Estes Park Responds To Haiti Earthquake
By: Kris Hazelton
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti on Tuesday, January 12 with another 5.9 aftershock striking again on January 21. Reports now state that at least 200,000 people are dead while an estimated two million people have been left homeless. Where are these people going to live?
Are you looking for a way to help out those in need in Haiti? You can join the Rotary Club of Estes Park (Noon Rotary) who are purchasing ShelterBoxes to send to Haiti to help those poor, homeless, injured families get back on their feet again.
What is a ShelterBox you ask? Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter and dignity following over 100 disasters in more than 60 countries, bringing the organization to the forefront of international disaster relief. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. In many cases ShelterBoxes have made the difference between life and death. ShelterBox has extensive experience delivering humanitarian aid to major disasters including Haiti’s 2008 hurricane, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Tsunami.
Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams have already been distributing boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.
ShelterBoxes are sponsored by service clubs, (Rotary Club), school and church groups, businesses and individuals, etc. ShelterBoxes are prepared and packed using all new materials as delivered from manufacturers, at the ShelterBox warehouse based in Helston, Cornwall. The standard ShelterBox weighs 110 lbs. and has approximate dimensions 2’3″ x 1’4″ x 11.” They are sealed and banded for transit and security. Box contents vary depending on the nature of the disaster requiring their use.
The entire contents of a ShelterBox.
• One 49 gallon box (The ShelterBox) initially the container for delivery of the materials listed below. Once delivered, can be used as water tank, food store, cot, table, etc.
• At the heart of a ShelterBox is a ten-person tent, including two fabric interior privacy partitions, outer fly-sheet and repair kit. It is custom made for ShelterBox by Vango, one of the world’s leading tent manufacturers, and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall.
• Vinyl insulated sleeping mats and lightweight thermal blankets provide warmth and protection. More compact than sleeping bags, these mats and blankets have multiple uses. The blanket can also be fashioned to catch water, as a tarp, etc. while the mat also serves as a ground ‘table’ for meals, or tent rugs.
• One pack of 180 water purification tablets or a water purification kit; and one five gallon flat-pack water container (Each tablet will purify a full container of water providing 1,800 gallons of clean drinking water which should be sufficient for a family of ten for up to three months).
• Two 2.1 gallon, collapsible, plastic water carriers.
• One collapsible trenching shovel
• Rope, 164 foot
• Repellant-treated mosquito netting
• Ten PVC Ponchos/ ten HD plastic bags
• Tool kit in canvas bag: hatchet, jack-knife, screwdriver, hammer, hoe head etc. These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example. Then, when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.
• Multi-fueled cook stove, a key piece in every box is either a wood burning or multi-fuel stove – that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and families congregate.
• Eating utensils: enamel plates/cups
• Children’s activity kit-simple school supplies, stickers and coloring book. For children who have lost most, if not all, their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.
The contents are under continuous review. A small stock of wind-up radios (short-wave and FM) have been obtained to substitute a sleeping bag in every tenth box should such a requirement arise.
Each ShelterBox costs $1,000 to send. Rotary Club will be sending at least two boxes and would love to have our community pitch in so we may send more. Won’t you please join Rotary Club of Estes Park and help out the disaster victims in Haiti?
Please send your donation to Rotary Club of Estes Park, P.O. Box 1365, Estes Park, CO and please make you check payable to Rotary Club of Estes Park with a note on the memo line of your check “Shelter Box Donation.” Any amount will be greatly appreciate and can make a difference. Thank you in advance for your much needed help.