Recently, The Rotary Club of Fairfax Donated $1,000 towards ShelterBox, an International Disaster Relief Organization which helps people who have lost their homes due to natural and man-made disasters. Every $1,000 donated helps a family of up to 10 regain their sense of safety, comfort and dignity.
Currently, an area of concentration for ShelterBox is Somalia, where the organization is partnering with the Women And Health Alliance (WAHA) International, setting up medical villages for displaced families at refugee camps, following the massive displacement of families fleeing famine and conflict around the country.
Badbaado Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp is one of the largest in the African country’s coastal town of Mogadishu. WAHA International has set up a health center there with a hospitalization facility using disaster relief tents donated by ShelterBox, providing primary health care consultations and improving maternal health care services.
The ShelterBox tents not only provide a clean sterile area for the medical staff to work in, but also allow patients to be hospitalized while staying with their families rather than being separated. Pregnant women also have privacy when having antenatal consultations and giving birth.
Dr. Sinan Khaddaj, WAHA International Secretary General said, “These relief kits have made a dramatic difference to the well-being of hundreds of Somali families in dire need of assistance in Mogadishu.”
The pharmacy, consultation rooms, delivery room and small hospitalization unit are all housed in ShelterBox tents. Half of Somalia’s eight million people are facing acute food shortages and a lack of proper shelter and livelihoods. Some 1.5 million people are classed as IDPs, with more than 400,000 living in and around Mogadishu. ShelterBox and WAHA International have replaced old shelters in camps constructed of tarpaulin and sticks with ShelterBox tents providing shelter, warmth and dignity to thousands of displaced families.
Posted by: Susan Ireland, Fairfax Rotary Public Relations Chair