Club President Kathleen Murphy has chosen ShelterBox as the primary service project for 2019-2020. ShelterBox works with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives. 

Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family is vital for starting the long process of rebuilding your life. Every disaster is different and so is every community, so ShelterBox spend time with those affected to make sure it can offer the right support at the right time to help them recover.

Their teams travel by boat, helicopter or tuk-tuk to get to the families who need your support - whatever it takes to get to the people who have lost their homes to disaster, and provide shelter for those who have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict or natural disaster.

Syria is one such place. It faces extreme heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter, so ShelterBox‘s aid is designed to reduce their vulnerablity to weather and environmental extremes. When families are far from home, and traumatised from their experiences, having a safe place to call home is invaluable. ShelterBox aim is to help vulnerable people who are not being reached by other humanitarian organisations. Working through local partners, ShelterBox has now supported 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq since 2012. This makes it the largest, most sustained response in ShelterBox‘s history. Stay tuned for news on our Club‘s work with ShelterBox.