The Water Survival Box charity, founded by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, is already in touch with three Turkish and Syrian in-country teams of international non-Government partners. Last week, CEO Ravi Singh and a team from Khalsa Aid International reached the disaster area in Turkey and confirmed the urgent need for the Water Survival Boxes (WSBs) that are provided across the world to areas suffering from the aftermath of disasters. The need for clean water solutions has already been established and the WSB trustees aim to provide at least one thousand of their standard WSBs in the coming weeks. Each box is designed to provide essential survival items for a family of five and includes vital tools to convert contaminated water into safe drinking water.
A consignment of two hundred boxes left the warehouse on Westfield Industrial Estate on Wednesday, 15th February for the British Airways cargo depot, ready for a direct flight from Heathrow to Turkey on Thursday. These boxes will provide for at least one thousand survivors and help them begin to rebuild their shattered lives.
The first consignment of 200 boxes have now arrived in Turkey.
Water Survival Box managed by Chelwood Bridge Rotary is already in touch with the Turkish and Syrian in-country teams of the International Medical Corps (a regular international NGO partner). The need for clean water solutions has already been established and the WSB trustees aim to provide at least 1,000 of their standard WSBs in the coming weeks. Each box is designed to provide essential survival items for a family of five and, most importantly, the means of converting contaminated water into safe drinking water. The Grifaid Family Filter can deliver 200,000 litres of safe water – sufficient for each family member to have 20 litres each day for five years. The cost of each box is just £150 and can mean the difference between life and death through drinking contaminated water.
We have now launched an urgent appeal for donations – with the initial target of £150,000 (1000 boxes). Donations, which can be gift-aided should be made online through our website www.watersurvivalbox.org or by cheque made out to Water Survival Box Limited and sent to our registered address: Broadway House, Third Avenue, Westfield Industrial Estate, Midsomer Norton BA3 4XD
or directly to the Water Survival Box, Big Give Turkey/Syria Earthquake Appeal
International Medical Corps our partner distributing 200 WSB for us have been targeting newly liberated villages for the distribution of the kits as most of them are accessing water from unprotected shallow wells and boreholes. The acquisition of permit from the civil military administration to visit the villages took some time as they only had weekly permits to visit the city. The have acquired storage spaces in the newly liberated areas, and have been training local people on the operation and maintenance training of the filters, see attached video.
We’re very excited to let you know that we are participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022, the UK’s largest match funding campaign. Last year, thanks to generous supporters like you, the campaign raised over £22 million for participating charities. Donations to this project will be matched for 7 days from 12 pm on 29th November, #GivingTuesday. One donation, twice the impact.What happens during the Christmas Challenge?Donations made to our project via theBigGive.org.uk will be matched by pledges already given during the campaign. If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Christmas Challenge, when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference to us.
What do I need to do? Add a calendar reminder to your diary for 12 pm on November 29th, including this link:-
Have your secure card details ready when you make your donation. Please note the donate button will appear on the campaign page when the Christmas Challenge launches at 12 pm on the 29th of November. Please note that if you have already made a pledge you cannot make a donation in your name . If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, please pass on this message to anyone you think might be interested in supporting us and having their donation doubled.Thank you so much for your attention and participation. The Water Survival Box Team
Since 2006, 3200 water boxes and 17.681water survival boxes, plus 3000 “School in a Bag” have been dispatched 75 disasters in 38 different countries.
We are arranging to send up to 500 of our Water Survival Boxes to Pakistan and these will be distributed by our well-established NGO partners in the country. Naturally we need to replace this stock and therefore funds are urgently needed. The photo shows Rotarians from Chelwood Bridge and Cam Valley in the process of packing the boxes prior to shipment. For further information on the latest aid consignments visit our website www.watersurvivalbox.org
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