A ROTARY HUMANITARIAN AID PROJECT
The Water Survival Box is the initiative of the Rotary Club
of Chelwood Bridge, England. It arose following six months of
continuous work after the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean
during which 3,200 Aquaboxes boxes were packed with items
donated by members of the public. That operation was reviewed
at the end of the 6 months and a number of ways in which it
could (and should) be stream-lined were identified.
In summer 2006 six members of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge set up a limited company (Worldwaterworks Ltd) in order to develop the Water Survival Box. Its primary purpose is to provide a means of purifying water for the benefit of families that survive natural or man-made disasters.
Clean water is essential to protect against water-borne disease. In most natural disasters family’s homes have been destroyed and all their possessions lost. This is why the box also contains a range of essential survival items including cooking pots, bowls/plates, mugs, and utensils; health and hygiene items; basic shelter and simple tools; etc.
By October, 2006 Worldwaterworks Ltd had become a Registered charity.
The first consignment of 60 WSBs was sent following a typhoon that devastated part of the Philippines. Since then aid has been sent to many countries in SE Asia, Africa, S America and the Caribbean.
The trustees have adopted a policy of continuous improvement. This is achieved through continual review, informed by feedback from agencies involved in distributing our boxes and on-going research. In this way the box, water purification kit, other contents, and methods of delivery and distribution are developed and regularly updated.
Since 2006 a number of partnerships have been established with Rotary Clubs and Districts as well as aid agencies such as Red Cross/Red Crescent, Oxfam, Merlin, Humanity First UK, World Vision Taiwan, School in a Bag and Khalsa Aid. Our partners take responsibility for ensuring swift transit of our consignments through customs on arrival and distribution to families most in need. They also provide us with feedback in the form of video and photographs as well as an account of the distribution operation.
Management of the project and the practical work involved is all done by volunteers from Rotary, Inner Wheel, Schools, and local community groups. In this way every pound donated is converted into Water Survival boxes or helps pay for the cost of air freight.
Tony Quinn – Chairman
Hugo Pike OBE – Director of Operations
Graham Robinson – Director of Finance
Ken Biggs – Company Secretary