Previous updates covering disasters in Malawi, Kerala, Somalia, Caribbean etc, from 2016 - 2019
Cyclone Idai -
23 February 2019 - 200 boxes en route
to Syria and arrangements being made for another 200 to go
to Malawi after floods.
2018 – JUNE – 200 WSBs are en route to
Somalia: Following flash floods in which
thousands lost their homes and no longer had access to
safe drinking water. World Vision International will be
responsible for distribution to those families most in
2018 – APRIL – 200 WSBs were provided to the Argentine Red Cross Society for families that had been displaced by extensive floods in Salta Province in the North East of ARGENTINA. An excellent report supplemented by photographs and a video where recipient families were interviewed can be seen here
The attachment is the Final Report received from the Argentine Red Cross in respect of the distribution of 200 WSBs to families affected by severe floods in the north-west of the country. The following link contains a number of photographs and a short video with interviews of some of the recipients.
2018 – JANUARY – 100 Water-Survival Boxes were sent to SYRIA for distribution to families that had been forced to flee from the Al Ghouta suburb of Damascus following the escalation of the on-going conflict in that country.
2017 – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – Hurricane Irma, followed two weeks later by Hurricane Maria, devastated most of the islands in the Caribbean. The extent of the damage affected virtually everyone – most losing their homes and access to safe drinking water. A total of 400 WSBs was sent for distribution by the local Rotary District and Clubs on the British Virgin Islands; St Martin (French) and Sint Maarten (Dutch); and Anguilla (British). Extensive damage to the infrastructure, almost total loss of communications and limited availability of shipping support were major challenges for our Rotary colleagues on the ground. However, despite the delays our aid was distributed to families in need as they began the task of rebuilding their homes.
2017 – SEPTEMBER – WATER-SURVIVAL BOX- SWITZERLAND – this new Rotary charity was launched on the shores of Lake Lucerne and is the initiative of Rotarian Bernhard Etienne and other members of the Rotary Club of Luzern Wasserturm. Having first been informed of our ‘pure’ Rotary charity by a visiting Danish Rotarian and following detailed enquiries the Swiss charity was formed to provide an opportunity for Rotary Clubs throughout Switzerland to donate funds to be used to increase the number of WSBs that we can supply when responding to disasters worldwide. On each subsequent deployment WSB-SWITZERLAND has agreed to cover the cost of half of each consignment.
shows Rtn Beni Etienne, Chairman of WSB-Switzerland,
District 2000 (East Switzerland) Governor Markus Hauser and
Hugo Pike. The cheque for 15,000 Swiss francs from Markus
Hauser paid for 75 Water-Survival Boxes since sent out to
2nd photo features local Rotarian who presented a cheque to pay for 25 more boxes – raised by friends and family in celebration of her 50th birthday.