Whilst we've all been complaining about not being able to get to the shops for food and supplies during the snow over the past few weeks, the people of Haiti no longer have any shops to buy frood from. They have no water, no medical help and many of them don't even know if their friends and relatives are still alive.I would love to be able to raise enough money to send at least one Shelterbox to Haiti. A Shelterbox is an entire rescue kit in a box. Each box contains:
A ten-person tent with privacy partitions that allow its occupants to divide the space as they see fitA range of other survival equipment
including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in
areas where temperatures plummet at nightfallLife-saving means of water
purification. Water supplies often become contaminated after a major
disaster, as infrastructure and sanitation systems are destroyed, this
presents a secondary but no less dangerous threat to survivors than the
initial disaster itself.A basic tool kit containing a
hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters.
These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by
chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example. Then, when it is
possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to
leave.A wood burning or multi-fuel stove
that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the
heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and
families congregate. In addition, there are pans, utensils, bowls, mugs
and water storage containers.Each box can be adapted to the
individual needs of the disaster area, for example, following the
Javanese earthquake in 2006, when some resources were available locally
or could be salvaged from one storey buildings, the overwhelming need
was for shelter – so ShelterBox just sent tents, packing two in each
box. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used
for a variety of purposes in the past – from water and food storage
containers to a cot for a newly born baby.And lastly, but I think just as
importantly, each box contains a children’s pack containing drawing
books, crayons and pens. For children who have lost most, if not all,
of their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.
Please donate whatever you can. Even a small amount can make a huge difference to someone who has nothing.
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Thank you from the bottom of my heartAnn-Marie