ShelterBox aid Crosses Syria’s Border as Millions Remain Internally Displaced

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International disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, has delivered aid directly into Syria to provide emergency shelter and other supplies for families living in the Al-Salameh camp near the Turkey-Syria border.

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Solidarités International staff distributing a winter kit to a displaced Syrian family living in the Al-Salameh camp. Syria, December 2012.

Thanks to ShelterBox’s support, all 710 families staying at the camp received a winter kit with blankets, groundsheets, water carriers and fuel bottles.

International disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, has delivered aid directly into Syria to provide emergency shelter and other supplies for families living in the Al-Salameh camp near the Turkey-Syria border.

ShelterBox responds following disasters such as earthquake, flood, tsunami, hurricane, cyclone or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each box contains a disaster relief tent, stove, water filtration system, blankets and other items necessary to help families live independently and with dignity in the months following disaster.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country as a result of escalating violence and conflict, but nearly 2.5 million people remain internally displaced, according to the Syrian Red Crescent.

ShelterBox has sent a truck loaded with emergency shelter and other supplies designed to withstand harsh winter conditions for the families living in the Al-Salameh camp.

The supplies were unloaded and distributed by the Solidarités International, a humanitarian organization that provides aid and assistance to survivors of war or natural disaster.

“Thanks to ShelterBox’s support, all 710 families staying at the camp received a winter kit with blankets, groundsheets, water carriers and fuel bottles,” said Sandra Lamarque, from Solidarités International.

Hats, gloves and scarves, have been given to camp management to distribute, and ShelterBox cook stoves will be distributed once a fuel source at the camp is identified.

Members of the highly trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) have been working to distribute ShelterBoxes containing the winterized shelter and supplies to the Syrian families living in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

ShelterBox is also responding to the typhoon in the Philippines, and flooding in Nigeria.

ABOUT SHELTERBOX USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 200 disasters in over 85 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org, 941-907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.

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