Shelterbox is a local charity that is very close to our heart.. They do some great work all around the world, they are often the first teams to arrive at a natural disater and help those affected with much needed shelter, they are also based just down the road from us in Helston. For a long time we have been wanting to work with Shelterbox in some way. Over the Christmas and New Year period it is always a good opportunity to reflect on life, the world and the things that really matter in life. We realised that now was a good time to do something and from now on for every bell tent we sell we will donate £5 to Shelterbox to help continue the great work they are doing.
Right now, more than 88 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. Shelterbox provide emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster. They work with disaster-affected communities to provide emergency shelter, essential items and training needed to support families. Every disaster is different so they have a flexible approach. They often go further, working with hard to reach communities who are overlooked by others.
Recovery starts with shelter. Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family is vital for starting the long process of rebuilding your life. Emergency shelter offers privacy and helps to preserve your dignity. It offers protection from the elements, animals and disease. It helps keep communities together. It can help to bring back a sense of normality, allowing children to go back to school.
We, as a society are in a very fortunate situation where we can go camping for leisure purposes. We can choose when we want to go and where. We can make the choice of going to a campsite with all the facilities or we can choose to camp 'wild' away from people and facilities. That is a choice we can make. For some people affected by disasters that is not a choice they can make. The tent is an essential piece of equipment necessary to just survive.
For that reason it makes sense for us to work with a charity such as Shelterbox. If you would like to donate to Shelterbox without purchasing anything then click on the link below.