'In March this year, Rotary International welcomed ShelterBox as our first Rotary project partner. Many of you know about ShelterBox already, and if you don’t, well, you should!'
- Rotary International (RI) President Kalyan Banerjee at the RI Convention 2012
The global support from the Rotary network is the cornerstone that ShelterBox is built on.
Rotary has been instrumental in our growth and Rotarians are the cement that binds us together. Since we were founded, we grew from one club’s adopted project to the largest global Rotary club project in the 100-year history of the organisation.
In 2012, we became Rotary International's first project partner. This agreement enables both of us to collaborate more closely to bring relief and temporary shelter to survivors of disasters worldwide. The project partnership will build on both our strengths in responding to disasters all over the world.
The fundraising efforts by Rotarians make up a significant proportion of donations received by ShelterBox. Alongside this, Rotary Clubs provide invaluable logistical support to our field operations.
Rotarians will often be the people who ensure our aid can be delivered into a country by acting as consignees. These essential acts mean we can deliver aid to people in need as quickly as possible.
More often than not, it will be Rotarians who are the first point of contact for the SRT members when they arrive in a country that has been devastated by a disaster. They provide everything from logistical support, translators, local knowledge to a bed to sleep in.
The global Rotary network has been key in our international growth. At present, all of our affiliates have been set up by Rotarians or Rotaracters and the growth has been phenomenal.
Rotarians around the world engage with ShelterBox on an unprecedented scale. The benefits to our efforts and, in turn, to Rotary, are enormous. We receive incredible support from Rotary and, equally, we are acting as a catalyst in encouraging more people the world over to become involved with their local Rotary Club.