Wednesday 17 October 2012
ShelterBox Response Team assesses sites in NigerChildren living in ShelterBox tents at the Kollo camp, Niger, October 2012.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members David Hatcher (UK) and Joanna Reid (UK) have been visiting various sites in Niger to assess the suitability for shelter distribution to flood survivors.
David and Joanna travelled to Tillaberi, the region which has been most affected by the heavy rains that have fallen over the past few months, accompanied by workers from aid agency Femmes France-Niger who ShelterBox is partnering with in the field.
One site was the camp in Kollo District where ShelterBox worked with Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International to set up tents in September housing 82 families.
'Like living in a house'
'We came here to check on the families and see how the tents were holding up,' said David. 'Everyone seemed very happy and the ShelterBox beneficiaries told us that when it's raining, it's so dry it's like living in a house like they had before the flooding.'
David and Joanna speaking at Kollo camp, Tillaberi region, Niger, October 2012.
Three more sites were visited where displaced families are living in straw structures built on ad hoc sticks with tarpaulins prone to severe leakage and inadequate for extreme weather conditions.
'The occupants previously lived in more substantial houses constructed out of clay and straw bricks, however the flood water has literally dissolved the clay with the result that the houses have collapsed into a pile of mud,' said Joanna.
Protection from wind and rain
The ShelterBox disaster relief tents will protect families from the sun, wind and rain.
The team begins distributions today with support from the Fire Service who are providing transport as well as a team of fire staff to help construct the tents.