Supporting Shelterbox following earthquakes in Morocco and floods in LibyaFollowing communications seeking advice with regard to the disasters which have affected Morocco and Libya, a number of clubs are planning public collections over the coming days.
Rotary District 1175 are working with ShelterBox to establish how we can assist in this situation.
A ShelterBox emergency assessment team will arrive in Marrakesh in the next day or so to find out what support is needed following the earthquake, and if they are well placed to help. Their teams will be assessing the damage as well as speaking with local people, authorities, organisations, and the Rotary network as they try to understand how many people are without adequate shelter. ShelterBox are in contact with D9010 via their District Governor.
The flooding in eastern Libya, which has caused widespread destruction in the city of Derna, has been sudden and devastating. ShelterBox are carefully monitoring the situation as it unfolds, and the humanitarian need becomes clearer. More than 30,000 people are displaced according to the UN and we are considering whether a ShelterBox response is possible to support people affected. ShelterBox will use their response criteria to make sure they are using their time, money, and people in the most effective way.
Therefore, any immediate, planned fundraising activity from Rotary Clubs in light of the above disasters need to be aware that the money raised will be contributed to their general fund and used wisely by ShelterBox to help people made homeless by conflict or disaster – wherever the need is greatest.
Donations to ShelterBox can be made via their website at www.shelterbox.org/donate
Clubs are donating funds for buy Danger signs for previously occupied land in Ukraine where land mines have been left. So far we have raised enough to buy 651 signs with more money coming in.
Clubs everywhere have been quick off the mark collecting and donating to appeals to support the organisations working on the ground to support the millions of people affected by the earthquakes, especially Shelterbox and the Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund. This, like the situation in Ukraine, will be an ongoing support need.
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