Blogging is a powerful way to spread the word and get something out there , especially if your blog attracts hundreds of readers and followers each day.
I’m going to use my small space in the blogging world to get this out there.
Last Tuesday, Tremors hit Haiti followed by two strong aftershocks which instantly killed thousands and destroyed the lives of millions. According to statistics as I type this, a minimum of 100,000 are dead.
I cried as I searched for images to include in this post, but why am I crying? I have not lost family, I’ve not lost my son who is the important thing in the world to me. My tears will never compare to the tears falling from the faces of those Mothers/Fathers who have lost their children.
A fellow blogger has set up a Bloggers for Haiti Just Giving Page. Bloggers are uniting all over the world to do what we can to help.
£500 will buy a shelter box, That means if just 50 of us donates £10 each (the price of a take-away/bottle of wine!) we have one shelterbox that will make a difference to lives that need it.
ShelterBox is such a unique organisation, because what they provide is an entire rescue kit in a box. Each box contains:
- A ten-person tent with privacy partitions that allow its occupants to divide the space as they see fit
- A range of other survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in areas where temperatures plummet at nightfall
- Life-saving means of water purification. Water supplies often become contaminated after a major disaster, as infrastructure and sanitation systems are destroyed, this presents a secondary but no less dangerous threat to survivors than the initial disaster itself.
- A basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters. These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example. Then, when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.
- A wood burning or multi-fuel stove that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and families congregate. In addition, there are pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers.
- Each box can be adapted to the individual needs of the disaster area, for example, following the Javanese earthquake in 2006, when some resources were available locally or could be salvaged from one storey buildings, the overwhelming need was for shelter – so ShelterBox just sent tents, packing two in each box. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes in the past – from water and food storage containers to a cot for a newly born baby.
- And lastly, but I think just as importantly, each box contains a children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens. For children who have lost most, if not all, of their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.