We are proud to be Rotary International’s Project Partner, further strengthening a global circle of friendship. The partnership enables Rotarians to take action by connecting their own community directly with disaster-affected communities around the world.
Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start, when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief.This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.
Rotarians and Rotary groups all over the world help ShelterBox in a variety of ways. In addition to tireless fundraising, they provide invaluable assistance during our responses. With more than 33,000 clubs worldwide, Rotarians are able to give us first-hand knowledge of many of the countries in which we respond, logistical and operational assistance and vital links into communities.
This personal, community connection helps us to provide just the right support to enable people to lead in their own recovery – to make sure that our work has a lasting impact.
We can always be confident that your organization will lead the world in the speedy reaction to these disasters, through the efficiency of your logistical and management structure and the dedication of your members. We at Rotary are proud to be involved with such an organization.
Eric Vining, Rotarian
Rotary International’s logistical support on ShelterBox deployments is just as critical as the generous financial support we receive from Rotarians and Clubs worldwide.
The fundraising efforts by Rotarians make up a significant proportion of donations received by ShelterBox. Alongside this, Clubs provide invaluable support to our field operations.
Rotarians will often be the people who ensure our aid can be delivered into a country by acting as consignees. These essential acts mean we can deliver aid to people in need as quickly as possible.
More often than not, it will be Rotarians and Clubs who are the first point of contact for the SRT members when they arrive in a country that has been devastated by a disaster.
They provide support with everything from transport, translators, local knowledge, even a bed and a hot meal.
In 2017 with the support of Rotary Clubs from around the world, we provided shelter for 32,000 families whose lives were devastated by disaster.
We were able to respond to world events 24 times, sending a variety of essential shelter and aid items to 21 different countries.
16 of the countries we operated in were affected by natural disasters, in most of which Rotary clubs provided invaluable in-country assistance.
Each year, Rotary helps us to go further, support more people and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach.
One of the ways we recognize the incredible support of Rotary Clubs in Canada is through our ShelterBox Hero Program. Learn more about the awards and see a current list of winners.