International Projects

Some of the charities we support


Shelterboxes provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world. Theydeliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children's activity pack and other vital items.  At the present time a Shelter Box costs approx 550 each,  which includes the cost of transportation to the disaster area. 

Each year Wensleydale Rotary Club send funds to fund as many Shelterboxes as funds will allow, raising the money from events such as our tombola stall at Wensleydale Agricultural Show and from individual donations.  Funds are forwarded to the Rotary organisation for Shelterboxes who arrange for their delivery to disaster areas where a current need exists.

More information about Shelterboxes is available at

 LIFESTRAWS (click on this link to go to their website)

The need for safe drinking water is denied to many people in this world. Every 15 seconds a child will die as a result of drinking unsafe water. Lifestraws are devices which enable users to obtain safe drinking water from unsafe/ polluted water.  LifeStraw requires no electrical power or spare parts. Two types are used, 

LifeStraw Personal

 LifeStraw Personal is a portable water purifier for prevention of common diarrhoeal disease. It can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean drinking water. It is just 25 cm long and 29 mm in diameter and can be hung around the neck. LifeStraw requires no electrical power or spare parts.

LifeStraw Family

 LifeStraw Family is a point-of-use instant microbiological purifier that allows people to create their own homemade drinking water. It gives them access to safe and clean drinking water, by allowing them to have a stable and reliable source of water for home consumption. This will filter up to 18,000 litres of water enough to supply a family of five with safe drinking water for three years 

24.5.22 Donations in past year

All International donations have been directly linked to Humanitarian Aid. We made donations to Action Aid, Aquabox, Shelterbox, and the Ukraine Appeal, the latter being our largest project by far. In total, we donated £4,620 to these causes, which was around 50% of our total Charitable giving for the year to date.

International Projects sub-pages:

Some of the Rotarians

Wensleydale Rotary collect for Ukraine

more Today (Friday 11th) Wensleydale Rotarians hit the streets of Leyburn with specially decorated collection buckets and hats in aid of Ukrainian charities

Tools being received

Wensleydale Tools Change Lives

more The tools donated by people in Wensleydale have been put into good use in Africa

Shoeboxes with Wendy Morton, Phil Oliver, John Morton and John Borrill

Rotary Shoeboxes filled

more At their business meeting, members of Wensleydale Rotary Club brought 22 Rotary Shoeboxes they had filled, with more to come.

ShelterBox Roadshow visits Leyburn

more The ShelterBox Roadshow visited Leyburn on 23rd May, for two days, at the invitation of the RC of Wensleydale

With the vehicle are from left: Rotarians Chris Wheatley, John Ogbourne, Barry Whitfield, Bob Hughes, David Pointon and Derek Langley

Friends of Govi Press Release

more WENSLEYDALE Rotarians had a chance on Monday to see the vehicle which some of their members will be driving to the Gambia in January, and to hear about the fund raising efforts to help blind children in that country.

Team members with Rotary hosts in Gibraltar

Friends of Govi overland to Gambia

more Rotary Club members are travelling overland to Gambia with Friends of Govi. They are taking equipment to the only school for the blind in Gambia

View of Himalaya mountains from Pokhara

Nepal Schools Computerisation Project

more To enable underprivileged pupils in 2 schools in Nepal to achieve higher educational qualifications, thereby giving them better job and life prospects.

Happy wheel chair users

Collect Yorkshire Tea Barcodes for Wheelchairs

more yorkshire tea

Rotary Team arrives at Nepalese schools

more A team of Rotarians from Yorkshire, including one from Wensleydale, have taken computers to two schools in Nepal.

Round the world cyclists visit Wensleydale

more A couple are cycling round the world in aid of ShelterBox.

Appeal (now closed) for Unwanted Tools for Mwanza, Tanzania

more Appeal now closed, many thanks to the many people who have given tools. Over 700 tools have been received, plus several computers and 10 sewing machines. These items will start their journey to Ukerewe island in Mwanza in early March 2012

Unwanted Books, pens, pencils,games, skipping ropes,toys for The Gambia


Pupils report on visit to Amala school in India

more Three ex pupils of Wensleydale School,Jodie & Sam Blackburn and Harry Dinsdale, gave an excellent presentation on their visit to Amala School in India