Four rotary clubs in Lincoln have responded speedily to ongoing disasters in the Caribbean and in Bangladesh by sending emergency accommodation and tools.
This comes after Bangladesh officials announced it would be building one of the world’s biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar.
In the Caribbean, homes have been destroyed following Hurricane Irma and a number of storms in the area.
Eight ShelterBoxes have been sent from Lincoln alone and many more have been sent by Rotary Clubs throughout Great Britain.
Each ShelterBox, which cost £590, provides immediate accommodation for up to 10 people, keeping them dry and warm.
Each ShelterBox has:
- Cooking stove
- Water purification tablets
- Solar lighting
- Tools to enable work to start on re-building the homes which have been made uninhabitable
- Games for children to play
These boxes are stored in warehouses until a disaster strikes when they can very quickly be sent out to the disaster area bringing instant relief for those with no shelter.
A spokesperson for Lincoln Rotary Clubs said: “Over many years the four Rotary Clubs in Lincoln have together provided many ShelterBoxes for disasters around the world irrespective of race, colour or creed.
“We are a completely international and interracial organisation.”