Disaster Relief

We have four Rotary Charities in the UK focused on providing relief boxes in event of Disasters.



Aquabox Is a robust plastic tank with water purification tablets and packed with essential welfare items for a disaster situation. Once the welfare contents have been removed, each AQUABOX can be used to purify up to 1100 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink. 

1100 litres is equal to 5,000 cups - that is enough for a family of four people (drinking 10 cups per day) for about four months.

AQUABOX is an official project of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland 

There are 4 types of Aquabox priced from £50 to £250. For more information go to www.aquabox.org or www.aquabox.org/project.php

Aquafilter is an exciting development which can produce potable water for the medium term in disaster areas and can be used in conjunction with Aquabox.

More information can be obtained from John or Gill Griffith tel 0191 5363851 or gillgrif@hotmail.com



The LifeBox is filled with 72 items of tools, clothes, blankets, babycare/hygeine items, toys and classroom materials and is available for both hot and cold climates with the contents lists specifically tailored by the Red Cross, each box providing vital aid for adults and children. Most importantly in each box we place six LifeStraws, kindly donated by FiltaStraw. Held in their warehouse, boxes filled with these essential provisions are stored ready for instant despatch whenever required and provide immediate relief for the victims, but to maintain this level of response your help is needed.

Each box costs £250. Visit www.life-box.org.uk for more details.

Disaster Aid


The ShelterBox Trust is a registered UK charity that provides emergency aid for victims of natural and other disasters anywhere in the world. Since operations began in January 2001, it has helped over 600,000 people and worked in more than 45 countries - responding to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, volcanoes etc.

Each box contains a tent and other equipment for 10 people and costs £590: this includes all materials, packing, storage, transport and distribution to individual recipients worldwide.

ShelterBox www.shelterbox.org/index.php was set up by Rotary and all aid is distributed from their base in Cornwall. The charity is supported by international affiliates set up by Rotary clubs in various other countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and the USA.

For details of recent deployments and other events, please visit their latest news pages www.shelterbox.org/news.php



The Water Survival Box is a Rotary humanitarian aid project. The most urgent single problem facing the relief agencies is the provision of a supply of safe drinking-water. During and in the aftermath of many natural disasters, water-borne diseases from contaminated sources threaten to kill even more victims than the initial disaster. As well as having a bad odour and taste, contaminated water can contain micro organisms that cause diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis.

The Water Survival Box contains a water-purification kit and essential items for survivors of disaster who have lost home and household belongings. Chlorine tablets (with gauze and carbon filters) provide potable water for a family of 4 for up to four months - based on 2 litres per person per day. To be effective, Water Survival Boxess are sent by air so as to arrive within days of the request for aid. Standardised content of new durable items ensures speedy transit through customs.

Worldwaterworks Limited works in partnership with Rotary Clubs, Red Cross, and other key aid agencies in countries worldwide.

The cost of a box is £150. Further information at www.worldwaterworks.org

 Water  Survival Box





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