Sarasota, Fla. (PRWEB) April 29, 2013
After 18 months of working on the borders of Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, has found another way of getting aid into Syria itself via Turkey to help families displaced by the ongoing conflict.
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water purification units, 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.
After studying the Hatay and Kilis regions between Turkey and northern Syria, and speaking with humanitarian partners in the area, the ShelterBox Operations team believes it has now found a new "pipeline" to transport vital equipment across the borders.
While the distribution of ShelterBoxes in Lebanon and Jordan continues, the organization has made a strategic decision to send "non-shelter items" into Syria—including water purification units, water carriers, insect nets, solar lamps, kitchen sets and children’s comfort packs—as there are fears that tents supplied in the iconic green ShelterBoxes may draw attention to displaced families.
"ShelterBox has been responding to the Syrian conflict since the beginning of 2012," said Chief Executive Officer, Alison Wallace. "We have been very successful in reaching thousands of refugees, despite the challenges of a very complex and dynamic situation."
The first truckload of ShelterBox aid left the organization’s headquarters in Cornwall, UK, last week. The team is anticipating an arrival by May 6, and will see final distribution within Syria by implementing partner, Hand in Hand for Syria.
ShelterBox continues to respond to this humanitarian crisis in Syria and its region as needs persist. The organization is also working to distribute aid following conflict in Myanmar, and the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Pakistan.
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 and other supplies. 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 or 941-907-6036.
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