ShelterBox helps Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s worst winter in 20 years

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As the Middle East experiences its worst winter storms in 20 years, international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is responding to the need for winterized shelter and other life saving supplies among the Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

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It's not until you look among the communities that the truth begins to reveal itself.

As the Middle East experiences its worst winter storms in 20 years, international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is responding to the need for winterized shelter and other life saving supplies among the Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

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.

ShelterBox was one of the first international relief organizations to respond to the Lebanese government’s request for aid, having permission from the Minister of Social Affairs for an agreed quantity of ShelterBoxes to be sent to Lebanon specifically for Syrian refugees.

Members of the highly trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) are assessing the need for additional winterized shelter and emergency aid as refugees continue to enter the country.

SRT member Fiona McElroy described the living conditions among refugees as ‘unimaginable,’ as many can’t afford proper shelter and protection from the freezing temperatures. Syrian families have built makeshift shelters with whatever materials available, as many have no other option.

“It’s not until you look among the communities such as Barelias district that the truth begins to reveal itself,” McElroy said. “Syrian refugees are the hidden homeless in Lebanon.”

ShelterBox first responded to the Syrian refugee crisis in October 2012, by delivering 500 boxes of winterized aid to the Domiz refugee camp in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and have continued to work in the neighboring countries to which many Syrians have fled.

By December 2012, ShelterBox aid crossed into Syria and was distributed to 710 families living families living in the Al-Salameh camp near the Turkey-Syria border.

ShelterBox is also responding to the typhoon in the Philippines, bushfires in Australia 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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