Woden Rotary supports the ShelterBox project a global Rotary humanitarian program by purchasing a number of boxes over recent years.

We have donated ShelterBoxes to:

  • Tanzani - refugees from political violence in Burundi - November 2015 (Boxes #13379, #13380 & #13381)
  • Madagascar - cyclone Haruna - March 2013 (Boxes #11695 & #11696)
  • Haiti - earthquake - June 2012 (Boxes #10915 & #10916)
  • Magangue region of Colombia - worst floods ever, December 2011 (Box #10331)
  • Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Mount Tavurvur volcano eruption, April 2007 (Box #1692)
  • Livingstone, Zambia - floods in Kazungula region, January 2008 (Box #2658)
  • Chengdu, China - earthquake in Sichuan Province, May 2008 (Box #2936)
  • Western Turkey - earthquake November 2011 (Box #10330)
  • Indonesia - tsunami, April 2005 (Box #593)
  • Islamabad, Pakistan - earthquake in Kashmir, November 2005 (Box #910)

Additionally we have purchased Shelter Boxes on behalf of:

  • Lions Club of Canberra Brindabella - Box #15033 yet to be deployed
  • Murrumbateman Lions Club - Box #14719 yet to be deployed

A Club ShelterBox went to Turkey

Photo of a ShelterBox tents in Turkey
ShelterBox tents in Turkey

ShelterBox responded to the devastation caused by the massive earthquake that struck southeast Turkey on 23 October 2011 and within a month provided 1,341 boxes, including one provided by Woden Rotary, and over 10,000 sets of hats, gloves and scarfs for children and adults.

Photo of a ShelterBox in Turkey
ShelterBox gives family dignity in Turkey


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Woden Rotary club members demonstrating ShelterBox to the public

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter, other lifesaving equipment together with comfort and dignity to people affected by natural and other disasters.
Since 2001, ShelterBox has provided the rapid deployment of nearly 110,000 boxes providing emergency shelter to more than 800,000 people in over 70 countries.

Photo of a ShelterBox with lid open to display contents

All ShelterBox equipment is new and selected for durability, practicality and suitability for its need.
Tough, lightweight and waterproof, the box itself has many useful functions from food container to cot.

Typically, a ShelterBox has a 10-person tent and a range of other equipment, such as:

  • Thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets & insecticide treated mosquito nets
  • A wood burning stove, or multi-fuel stove that can burn anything from diesel to old paint
  • Cooking pans, utensils, bowls and mugs
  • Collapsible water containers and water purification unit
  • Basic tool kit – hammer, axe, saw, pliers, hoe head, trenching shovel, rope, etc
  • 10pt children's pack containing drawing books, crayons, pens etc.

In any disaster, a large number of victims are children.
Frequently schools are destroyed along with homes and other buildings.
ShelterBox sometimes includes blue 'school boxes' in their consignments along with the usual green boxes.
These contain essential supplies for teachers, including blackboard paint and chalk, along with school equipment for 50 children.

ShelterBox sometimes sends out a wind-up, solar-powered radio capable of receiving FM and other transmissions (LW, MW & SW) to allow communities to hear broadcasts from local authorities, aid agencies, etc.

Photo of a ShelterBox in Japan

Shelter Box in Japan

People carrying ShelterBoxes across a river on their backs



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