Dr. Dean Caldwell discusses his volunteer service as Rotary District 5520’s ShelterBox Ambassador. Photo by Linda Hull
Dr. Dean Caldwell, retired University of Maryland professor and member of the Taos Milagro Rotary Club, told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during a Nov. 5 meeting about his volunteer service as Rotary District 5520’s ShelterBox Ambassador.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people around the world who have been displaced by disaster or conflict; current estimates show that there 85 million people homeless due to these circumstances.
ShelterBoxes are sturdy green boxes, industrial-quality bins, that contain family-sized tents designed to withstand the elements and provide temporary shelter for displaced families until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.
ShelterKits, which also are available, contain all of the essential tools needed to start repairing and rebuilding homes immediately. Since 2000, Rotary International has been a key player in ShelterBox’s success, beginning with the adoption of the non-profit through its founder, the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, England. ShelterBoxes have recently been deployed to Bangladesh, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Nepal, Iraq, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos has provided funding for ShelterBoxes deployed to war-torn Syria.
For more information about the ShelterBox program, visit www.shelterbox.org.