ShelterBox Celebrates 20 Years in 2020


It’s 20 years since one Rotary club created ShelterBox, a humanitarian organisation that has now supported more than 1.5 million people. They could not have known the challenges facing our world in 2020 – but they founded an organisation of action, ready to respond.

In collaboration with their founding club, volunteers and supporters, ShelterBox have created an opportunity to explore the last 20 years history through their website

From the week beginning the 20th July, celebrate by joining ShelterBox on social media to like, share or leave them an anniversary message.

Follow in the footsteps of the founding Helston-Lizard Rotary Club and take on the 20 for 20 challenge, 20 miles for 20 years, individually or as a group. Helping to raise vital funds for their ongoing work

Update on some current situations:

Coronavirus has made the need for humanitarian support even more urgent. The virus is a deadly risk for vulnerable families who have lost their homes. The impact in crowded camps and makeshift settlements in places like Syria, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso could be devastating. Emergency shelter can save lives by slowing the spread of coronavirus. ShelterBox are working hard to provide emergency shelter and keep families safe.

Despite global travel restrictions making it tougher, ShelterBox are operating across 9 countries around the world: Syria, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Somaliland, Burkina Faso, Vanuatu, Ethiopia and the Philippines working through trusted partners.

In Ethiopia ( Conflict )Tarpaulins and household items are being provided to protect families from rain, strengthen their ability to withstand infections and enable shelters to be extended to create more space. Distributions are across multiple locations and are limited to 50 people per distribution to allow for coronavirus mitigations. 1,600 families have so far been supported.

In Cameroon ( Conflict ) within and around the Minawao camp distributions continue. So far 1,245 families have been sheltered and 244 families have been re-sheltered, with further distributions of family tents as part of this project currently underway.

In Vanuatu ( Cyclone Harold ) ShelterBox is supporting 2,000 families with emergency shelter. ShelterBox are providing the aid supplies and remote technical support. Distributions have begun and are progressing well.

For more information on all current operations visit or invite the D1200 ShelterBox Coordinator, Hugh Deed, to talk to your club .

Hugh Deed

ShelterBox Trust is a registered charity (1096479) and a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (04612652)
ShelterBox is a charity independent of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation

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