As winter approaches and the evenings draw in, you might be feeling the temperatures starting to drop.
 
But whilst we might feel the chill, temperatures in Syria will drop to below freezing. The threat of hypothermia and frostbite is very real for vulnerable families left without a place to call home.
Even after surviving years of conflict, the cold may be the most dangerous thing families have ever had to face – unless they find shelter and a means to stay warm.
To have any hope of surviving the winter, families need shelter capable of withstanding the fierce weather and a way to stay warm from the deadly climate – and they need it NOW!  

 
'FORGET THE POLITICS -  FAMILIES NEED TO SURVIVE'
They’ve been bombed out of their homes. They’ve escaped attacks. Hundreds of families have run for their lives and need practical help.

As you read this, ShelterBox and our partners are helping Syrian families fleeing the latest devastating attacks in Eastern Ghouta. As crying children and worried parents pour into displacement camps, we must provide aid. Right now, we're providing aid to families who have left their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

We have supported over 45,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria. But there are millions more living in Syria and neighbouring countries who have no shelter, nowhere to go, and no hope for the future.

We're working to change this. We are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter - but we need your support.

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'SHELTERING THE WORLD - ONE STEP AT A TIME'

The Chad Basin, including parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad Central African Republic and Cameroon, has seen as many as 10 million people displaced due to instability caused by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. ShelterBox working with in country partners and with global Rotary support, has reached the milestone of helping over 10,000 families here in the last three years.

The violent conflict began in North East Nigeria, which worsened as Boko Haram spread into neighbouring countries.
 
“ShelterBox has given me a shelter
for my family that I could never provide.”

The UN estimates that 17 million people are in need of urgent emergency assistance. Malnutrition rates are alarmingly high.

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'PAST RI PRESIDENT BILL BOYD DROPS IN ON SHELTERBOX'
ShelterBox and Rotary making a difference together! Past RI President Bill Boyd was visiting a District Conference in Minnesota last week and took time out to share a story with ShelterBox USA staff about the time he visited Islamabad in 2006 and was shown a refugee camp. He was told by his hosts, "Let me show you the Rolls Royce of tents."

Pictured above: Past RI President Bill Boyd and his wife Lorna, along with the Lydia Block, President of Prior Lake Interact Club (left) and Greg Krauska, ShelterBox USA Board Member from Minnesota (right).

 
"Working together to leave no family without Shelter"

 


 

'MY DISASTER RELIEF EXPERIENCE'

Over the summer break from the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Yannis Comino decided to trade in the warmer weather of Australia for an English winter.

Why, you might ask, would he do such a thing? Well, he was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. During a New Generations Service Exchange at the headquarters of ShelterBox International in Truro,  Yannis gained priceless insight and first-hand experience in disaster relief management.

"I truly believe this was the beginning of a lifetime of experiences. This kind of work will enable me to merge my two passions: helping others and exploring new destinations and cultures."

Read more about Yannis's inspiring experience during his Rotary International New Generations Service Exchange at the ShelterBox HQ. 

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