It has been my observation that when Rotarians are presented with an opportunity to help, whether that be to assist locally or internationally, they really step up to the challenge. Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November, was one such opportunity for Rotarians to serve those in need – and what a difference Rotarians are making. Efforts ranging from matching challenges to passing the hat at meetings or holding charity auctions, many districts, clubs and Rotarians have been raising funds to assist families made homeless by the tragedy.

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In the months since, we have assisted more than 4,800 families in the Philippines - Families like Hazel’s. During the typhoon Hazel gave birth to baby Yole. With her home destroyed and no safe place for her newborn baby, Hazel soon after received and moved into a ShelterBox tent. With the help of Rotary, the tent we provided is more than just a temporary shelter. To Hazel and her family, it’s Yole’s first home.

Our efforts are only possible through the generosity of our donors. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your district for their efforts to help those impacted by this disaster. Our goal is to assist a further 3,000 families in the Philippines over the coming weeks. Photos from the deployment can be viewed here

Many Rotarians are also supporting our efforts to assist families affected by the unrest in Syria. Since 2011, violence and conflict have defined life within Syria and bordering countries. More than four million people are displaced inside Syria. According to the UN, two million Syrians have fled their homes, streaming into northern Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. ShelterBox has responded to alleviate the suffering in each country and has provided assistance to 4,500 families to date.

Natural disasters and conflicts continue. So long as there is need, ShelterBox and Rotarians will be there to help.

On behalf of all of the families which have received ShelterBox aid because of your district’s efforts, thank you!


Emily Sperling
ShelterBox USA | President
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