About Us

A CHELWOOD BRIDGE ROTARY HUMANITARIAN AID PROJECT




Water Survival Box is the initiative of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, England. Its primary purpose is to provide a means of purifying water for the benefit of families that survive natural or man-made disasters. It was developed out of work undertaken at the time of the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and a charitable trust in the form of a limited company was established in 2006.




Clean water is essential to protect against water-borne disease. In most natural disasters, homes have been destroyed and all possessions lost. 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.
The first consignment of 60 Water Survival Boxes was sent to the Philippines following a devastating typhoon. Since then aid has been sent to many countries in SE Asia, Africa, S America and the Caribbean
The trustees have a policy of continuous improvement through continual review, informed by feedback from those involved in distributing our boxes and on-going research. The box, water purification kit, other contents, as well as methods of delivery and distribution have all been improved.






Partnerships have been established with Rotary Clubs and Districts as well as aid agencies such as Red Cross/Red Crescent, Merlin, Humanity First UK, World Vision Taiwan, School in a Bag and Khalsa Aid. 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.



Our Trustees


Douglas Nash - Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Tony Quinn - Director of Operations
Graham Robinson – Director of Finance
Ken Biggs – Company Secretary

Our Directors


Hugo Pike (OBE)
Jerry Coles
Dorothy Cretney
Ray Lithgo
Alan Smith