Box projects are an easy and very effective way to send aid to the third world. These Rotary initiatives are ideal projects for clubs and districts to support.
Trade Aid Box
The Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven helps individuals, families and business to become self-sufficient with the aid of custom-made Trade Aid boxes. Each box contains selected supplies needed to provide people with a head start in recovering from a disaster or start working for themselves for the first time. Current boxes are tailored individually to the following trades:builders, carpenter, blacksmith, tailor/seamstress, mechanics, teachers and handyman. A Trade Aid Box can be assembled to serve the needs of virtually any vital community role, costing just £399 to fill and send it to the required country. For further information, contact Ken Billington or visit Trade Aid.
Water Survival Box
Water Survival Box is a humanitarian aid project of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge. The box contains a water-purification kit and essential items for survivors of disaster who have lost home and household belongings. To be effective, WSBs 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. Find further information at Water-Survival Box.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families around the world who are affected by disasters. EachShelterBox is tailored to every disaster but typically contains a tent for an extended family, blankets, water purification and storage equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children's activity pack and other vital items. ShelterBox was founded in 2000 by Rotarian Tom Henderson OBE, Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, and is a global Rotary club project. It has its headquarters in Helston, Cornwall, UK. For all the latest information on ShelterBox’s work around the world, including ways you can help, please visit the ShelterBox website.
This is an exciting development which could produce potable water for the medium term in disaster areas. It will probably be used in conjunction with Aquabox. More information can be obtained from John or Gill Griffith.
Disaster Aid UK and Ireland
Disaster Aid UK and Ireland, previously known as 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. Each box also contains LifeStraws, kindly donated by FiltaStraw. Boxes are stored, ready for instant despatch whenever required and provide immediate relief for the victims. Each box costs £250. Visit Disaster Aid UK and Ireland for more details.
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 box can be used to purify up to 1,100 litres of polluted water, making it safe to drink. That is enough for a family of four people for about four months. There are four types of Aquabox, priced from £50 to £250. For more information please visit the Aquabox website.
Shoeboxes are filled with gifts and necessities and sent to needy countries. Rotary, Inner Wheel, Rotaract, Rotaserve and Interact clubs purchase the special boxes. It is then up to the club as to where to send the boxes for filling. Often local schools, church groups, elderly peoples homes, friends, relatives, etc are the ones who enthusiastically fill the boxes. Boxes are returned to the Rotary club for collection by Rotary Shoebox who then dispatch them across Europe. For more information, please visit the Rotary Shoebox.
Literacy in a Box
Literacy in a Box Trust is run in partnership with the Rotary Club of Roborough, Plymouth and supplies essential school items. If you can't read or write, it is virtually impossible to acquire the skills to overcome poverty and support a family in the developing world. Improving levels of literacy has now become a key policy with Rotary and governments on a global basis, as it is seen as key to the development of their respective nations. For more information, please visit Literacy Box Trust.