On April 25, 2015, Nepal was struck with a magnitude 7.8 earthquake resulting in destruction of communities on a scale that is hard to imagine. Thousands of people were killed and many more were left homeless without shelter, food or water. Such destruction requires immediate humanitarian aid if those who survived the earthquake are to live and rebuild.
 
Rotary International as the oldest and largest humanitarian organization in the world has long used Shelter Boxes to provide resources in countries experiencing catastrophic events like earthquakes. Shelter Boxes were used successfully in: 2010 – Haiti earthquake: 2011 – USA storms and tornadoes (Arkansas): 2012-13 – Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Syria – Syrian conflict/refugee crisis: 2013 – Philippines – Typhoon Haiyan and earthquake.
 
The Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley and the Green Valley Rotary Club are raising funds to provide Shelter Boxes for the people of Nepal and would like to make this a community wide project.  Rotarians will MATCH community contributions dollar for dollar up to $5000.00.  We invite all of our citizens to join the Shelter Box Challenge.  This challenge will begin May 14th and last thru May 31st.
 
What exactly is a Shelter Box?  As the name implies, the boxes contain supplies essential for a family of eight to survive the aftereffects of a natural disaster.  They were developed through Rotary International in Cornwall, England.
 
What does a typical box contain?  A durable plastic box which can be used for storage, tent, stove, water containers and purification systems, cooking equipment, blankets and ground sheets, hats, gloves, scarves, tool kit, mosquito nets, and children activity packs.
 
How do they get to the people who need them?  Boxes are prepositioned throughout the world in Dubai, Panama, Melbourne, Curacao and Singapore.  Currently the boxes are being handled by the Rotary Clubs in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shelter Box Response teams insure that the deliveries are not tied up in government “red tape” and the goal is for them to reach communities within 48 to 72 hours.
 
How much does a Shelter Box cost?  $1,000.
 
Why should I support the Shelter Box project for Nepal?  These shelters will have a direct and lasting impact upon the people of Nepal. The boxes will last for a long period of time, allow the family group to remain together and prevent the spread of disease. 100% of donations go to the project. With the matching funds you will also double each dollar donated.
 
How do I contribute? Both Rotary clubs have 501(c)3 foundations which will make contributions tax deductible.  Checks should be made out to the Valle Verde Rotary Club Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 311, Green Valley, AZ 85622 or the Green Valley Rotary Club Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 701, Green Valley, AZ 85622.  To make a contribution by Credit Card please call: Bob Juettner, 240-4303, or Ron Darrah, 203-1888 (After May 16th).  Questions may be directed to: Jim Rusk, 625-0860 or Gene Friesen, 625-4231.