Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
During the 2013 Annual Conference and Humanitarian Awards, international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox USA presented UPS with its Corporate Partner Award for its outstanding commitment to addressing the needs of disaster survivors.
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
Through its foundation, UPS places an emphasis on disaster preparedness, response and post-crisis recovery. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, UPS helped ShelterBox move one of its first shipments of boxes into the country.
In 2012, ShelterBox partnered with UPS on its Clinton Global Initiative commitment to the Sahel region of West Africa. In Mali, food insecurity, coupled with conflict and political instability, created forced displacement of families as they fled over the border into neighboring Sahel countries.
Many of the estimated 190,000 Malian refugees fled to Niger and were left without adequate shelter to protect them from the elements, including extreme heat during the day and cold temperatures at night, and without basic provisions for security, privacy and dignity.
At the same time, parts of Niger experienced what some reports called the worst flooding in 100 years. Thousands of Nigerian families were displaced. The country’s already limited response capabilities were being overburdened by competing disasters.
In response, UPS provided two humanitarian charters and offered non-governmental organizations, including ShelterBox free transport of supplies into the region.
“UPS was quick to take action and ensure vital humanitarian aid made it safely into the region,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA president. “And as a direct result of UPS’ effort, we were able to shelter 497 vulnerable families impacted by disaster in Niger.”
ShelterBox is currently providing assistance to families impacted by a cyclone in Madagascar, flooding in the Philippines and Uganda, and those displaced by conflict in Myanmar and Syria.
Since 2000, ShelterBox has responded to over 200 disasters in more than 85 countries. Its American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org or 941-907-6036.
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