ShelterBox Deploys Team to Eastern Europe

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Media Contact: Stephanie Christensen, [email protected], (905) 330-8757

Toronto, ON — Global disaster relief organization ShelterBox Canada is responding to the quickly unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and a team has been deployed to Eastern Europe.

“ShelterBox is deploying a response team to the region to assess the humanitarian needs related to the displacement crisis in Ukraine,” said ShelterBox Canada Executive Director Stephanie Christensen. “The team from ShelterBox includes highly-trained security, safety, and logistics personnel, who will coordinate with other humanitarian agencies to understand the gaps in emergency shelter and vital aid provision, and work to get aid to those who need it most”

As many as 12 million people may need humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, according to the United Nations, with 6.7 million projected to be internally displaced and up to 4 million refugees fleeing the country.

ShelterBox is deploying a response team to the region to assess the humanitarian needs related to the displacement crisis in Ukraine.
– ShelterBox Canada Executive Director Stephanie Christensen.

More than 874,000 people have reportedly fled Ukraine in freezing temperatures into neighboring countries so far. The situation in Ukraine is rapidly changing, and ShelterBox is committed to supporting families affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

“ShelterBox routinely responds to conflict-related displacement, providing families with a range of items, including emergency shelter, heavy blankets, sleeping mats, water filters, solar lights, kitchen sets, tools, and more,” Christensen said. “We customize our humanitarian aid packages to meet the unique needs of the displacement. We are working to understand where and how we can make the biggest difference in this rapidly-evolving crisis.”

ShelterBox is coordinating with local authorities, Rotary International, and other aid organizations.

ShelterBox has worked in Ukraine previously. It carried out emergency responses to floods in 2003 and 2008. ShelterBox also conducted assessments in 2014 following the conflict in the Donbas region.

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