Susan Shuler, President, The Plano Rotary Club announced today the decision of the Board of Directors to fund ShelterBox tents and supplies to the Haitian relief effort. The initial contribution will provide shelter and living supplies for up to 20 people.
Starting as the brainchild of one Rotarian with the support of his Rotary Club in the year 2000, ShelterBox has grown to become the largest Rotary Club project in the 100 year history of Rotary International. The heart of the ShelterBox is a ten-person tent designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. Internally, each tent has privacy partitions that allow recipients to divide the space as they see fit. For children who have lost most, if not all their possessions, there is a children╩╝s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens. In addition to the tent, the ShelterBox contains a range of other survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, mosquito nets, a life saving means of water purification, a basic tool kit containing a hammer, ax, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters. Every item is durable, practical and brand new. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes such as water and food storage or as a cot for a newborn baby. The key piece in every box is either 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. ShelterBoxes are being airlifted into Haiti and set up in designated areas with the assistance of the US Army, 82nd Airborne and Haitian Boy Scouts most of whom have lost their homes. Each box costs an average of $1000 including all materials, packing, storage and distribution to individual recipients in Haiti.