Solar Light Delivered to Turkey as Part of Ongoing Relief Effort by ShelterBox, Nokero International

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Nokero solar light bulbs are among the lifesaving items being delivered as part of the ShelterBox disaster relief effort in Van, Turkey

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A Turkish family finds relief in their ShelterBox insulated tent, lighted by Nokero solar light bulbs.

Nokero solar lights were chosen to be part of the elite ShelterBox response kit after rigorous study and research by the ShelterBox team

Nokero solar light bulbs are among the lifesaving items being delivered as part of the ShelterBox disaster relief effort under way in Van, Turkey. It's the latest mark of a greater trend toward using renewable energy to alleviate suffering in the wake of natural disaster.

Millions were left without power when Turkey was struck by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake Oct. 23. Two weeks later a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck the same region, near the city of Van.

Nokero solar light bulbs are giving earthquake victims a robust and renewable source of light in the devastated area, where candles and flashlights are scarce. Each bulb brings hours of light every night for about a year and a half before its AA rechargeable battery must be replaced.

"Nokero solar lights were chosen to be part of the elite ShelterBox response kit after rigorous study and research by the ShelterBox team," said ShelterBox Head of Operations John Leach. “This is their first deployment in the field, and so far they are performing admirably.”

Five Nokero solar light bulbs, which can be charged by the sun during the day and provide hours of light per night, are part of each relief kit being deployed in the area by ShelterBox, the internationally-renowned disaster relief organization.

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) was on the ground delivering insulated tents, Nokero solar light bulbs, and other lifesaving supplies to earthquake victims when the magnitude 5.6 aftershock struck.

“We were in Van when we felt violent shaking and saw people running out of buildings,” reported Ron Noseworthy of ShelterBox. “Many buildings collapsed, including a six-story hotel. We received a request for help from emergency responders to provide ShelterBox tents for the search and rescue teams to allow them to rest as they work in shifts to try and save those trapped in collapsed buildings.”

Listen to a personal account of the moment the earthquake struck here.

To learn more visit http://www.nokero.com

About ShelterBox
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief agency that provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at a time when they need it the most.

About Nokero
Nokero develops safe, affordable and environmentally-friendly solar technology that provides relief during disaster and eliminates the need for harmful and polluting fuels commonly used for light and phone charging around the world.

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