ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.

Haiti 2010: boxes are loaded in Cornwall, unloaded by ShelterBox Response Team members and a tented village erected for earthquake victims


ShelterBox can respond instantly to natural and man-made disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need.

Each box typically supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. For more information on how ShelterBox works, click here.


The green ShelterBox is becoming iconic around the globe – a symbol of hope for people who have lost everything.

The ShelterBox

Exact contents vary depending on what is needed but often include a specially-designed 10-person tent, water purification equipment, water storage containers, cooking utensils, a stove, blankets, groundsheets, basic tools and other essential items.

Every box delivered by the charity has its own unique number – meaning donors are able to know where ‘their’ box has been sent and why. For more information on the box, click here.


Since it was founded in 2000, this unique charity has provided emergency aid on every continent, responding to hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, volcanoes and armed conflict.

As of January 2011, ShelterBox has delivered 103,254 boxes to victims of disasters.

To see where ShelterBox has worked in the past, click here. For news about the latest deployments, click here.


Started as the brainchild of one Rotarian with the support of his club in 2000, ShelterBox has grown to become the largest Rotary Club project in the history of the organisation.

Rotarian support currently contributes an estimated 50% of ShelterBox donations. Around 5,000 rotary clubs worldwide have supported ShelterBox since it was launched.

A Global Rotary Club Project

Recognising this worldwide support, ShelterBox was designated as a Global Rotary Club Project in 2009. Logos with this designation now appear on all ShelterBoxes, tents, blankets and ancillary materials. For more information on ShelterBox & Rotary, click here.


The international ShelterBox HQ is in Helston, England, but the charity also has a growing number of affiliates around the world.

Click on the links below to visit the individual websites:

Australia, Canada, Denmark,

France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand,

Switzerland, UK, USA


ShelterBox founder Tom Henderson got an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list and the charity he set up in a small town in Cornwall in 2000 has grown to become one of the most effective disaster response agencies in the world.

In 2008, CNN ran a special report on Tom in their CNN Heroes series about ordinary people who change the world. To see the video, click here.

The charity’s patrons include HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, actress Joanna Lumley and Olympic rower Annie Vernon.

To return to the blog’s diary entries, click here – or on the blog title above.

Tents, Rotary Club, Rotarians



  1. So glad you made it to the sea! Enjoy the sand between your toes and the sunshine on your skin!

    See you in less than 2 weeks! 🙂

  2. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Sydney!

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