Update 11th December 2013
In response to the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is calling for donations to the four Rotary supported survival box projects, Shelterbox, Aquabox, Disaster Aid UK and Ireland and Water Survival Box, in order that they can provide immediate aid to the area.
Shelterbox already has teams in the disaster zone distributing boxes containing shelter and other vital aid items including water filtration equipment, blankets and groundsheets. In addition, RIBI is calling for donations to the disaster fund set up by the RIBI Donations Trust. The trust was set up in 2007 to enable Rotary clubs to pool funds to support the reconstruction of communities following major disasters, such as rebuilding schools and hospitals. Its trustees will decide how best to spend the money to help the Philippines get back on its feet.
To make a donation, either contact your local Rotary club or to help the people of the Philippines for the long term, please send cheques made payable to RIBI Donations Trust to RIBI, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PB.
Update on the ground
The Rotary Box schemes are continuing to supply both shelter and facilities to provide safe drinking water to the devastated areas of the Philippines. Working with teams on the ground, aid agencies and local Rotary cubs, they are helping to save lives and need your support to continue with their work. Some for our clubs and districts have contacts with Rotary clubs in the Philippines and are already in arranging immediate help and considering what support can be given to help rebuild communities affected by the storm.
So far Rotary clubs have raised in the region of £2,500,000 with over £50,000 of this committed to our Donations Trust. This is increasing on a daily basis as we get news of club donations. Our International Committee will meet with the trustees shortly to consider ways in which clubs and districts in RIBI can work with Rotary in the Philippines to create sustainable projects once the immediate needs have been met. You can also keep up to date with the International Committee on Facebook.
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