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First ShelterBox aid distributed to hospitals in Kathmandu
After Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years, hospitals in the country’s capital Kathmandu were devastated, forcing medical staff to treat their patients outside with dwindling supplies.

However, ShelterBox has been able to provide tents to four hospitals in the city creating safe, covered spaces where patients can be treated in privacy. They will be used for carrying out minor operations, changing dressings and as mobile health clinics.

Phil Duloy, ShelterBox response team member, said: 'Most hospitals in Kathmandu have just been condemned, so we are immediately distributing our pre-positioned stocks in the city to give a space for the medical staff to treat the patients who have been evacuated in the hospital grounds.'

Fellow response team member and former nurse and midwife Nicola Hinds describes the scene at one of the hospitals. She said: ‘The devastation is enormous. My husband is a general practitioner and it really puts things into perspective about how lucky we are when you see the scene here. People are being treated in the open air with limited resources - the difference is staggering.'

ShelterBox is also sending further aid to Nepal, starting with 500 shelter kits, which can be used to mend structures and create temporary shelters. However, our pre-positioned stocks of equipment in the country meant that the response team was able to start helping people whose lives have been shattered by the earthquake as soon as they arrived in the country.


See my previous diary!


In my mailbox to ShelterBox Ambassadors ....
There is a new huge $100,000 dollar Matching opportunity from the Latika and Rajiv Jain Foundation to match every dollar starting May 1 at 1:00!!!!
Please consider giving as the time is limited!
The money raised will go into the general funds for ShelterBox.
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Latika & Rajiv Jain Charitable Foundation Matching Gift Campaign
Starting May 1st, the first $100,000 in donations to this campaign will be matched!
Thanks to the generous support from the Latika & Rajiv Jain Charitable Foundation which has pledged $100,000 in matching funds, the impact of gifts of any size – online, via mail or by phone – will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Gifts will be allocated to replenishing aid for future disasters as well as servicing current deployments like Nepal. Please note: All donations for this matching gift program will be applied to our ShelterBox Solution fund. No box numbers will be assigned.
Help provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families who have lost their homes and possessions following the devastation in Nepal and disasters just like it. ShelterBox helps some of the world's most vulnerable people. Your gift will help us provide them with the tools they need to survive and begin rebuilding their lives.
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Hospitals unsafe. ShelterBoxes pressed into service as hospitals!
After Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years, hospitals in the country’s capital Kathmandu were devastated, forcing medical staff to treat their patients outside with dwindling supplies.

However, ShelterBox has been able to provide tents to four hospitals in the city creating safe, covered spaces where patients can be treated in privacy. They will be used for carrying out minor operations, changing dressings and as mobile health clinics too.

We need 200 dollars to finish up ShelterBox number 4!!!!!!!!!!
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Hi everyone,
Sorry for writing so late but I can't write till I am free from my baby duties.
So far we have bought 2 ShelterBoxes and now the Kossack who matched 500 in previous diaries is now offering another 500 match. That we now have 275 towards that match a third box.
So if you are going to donate to ShelterBox, please tell me in the comments, facebook or kos mail.

Also please share and tweet rec and tip.
You people are the best!!!!!
Thank you so much to the mystery Kossack making the 500 match challenge.

ShelterBox lands in Nepal!

A Response Team volunteer  message to donors.
ShelterBox Response Team volunteer Becky Maynard has a message for donors and supporters which we're releaseing as she's 30,000 feet in the air flying to join the ShelterBox relief efforts in Nepal after Saturday's eaarthquake.

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Well here I am still begging because.... it works!
My last diary closes out Shelterbox 2!!!!!!!!!!

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Don't have much to say posted this as a billboard.
Just know there is a new 500 dollar match pending your donations.

Mon Apr 27, 2015 at 11:55 AM PDT

Shelterbox 1 and 785 toward Box 2

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A message to me from ShelterBox's Alan Monroe!!!!
Alan Monroe: Awesome. Thank you Elsa and the readers of your blog!!
See we are having an impact. Do it!
People are giving and telling, so I am counting!

We have done one box and have $510 towards Box 2.

Gallery of ShelterBox images!

BBC pictures of Kathmandu

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Good Morning Daily Kos.
Looks like another aftershock hit. 6.7 magnitude.

Got an offer to match $500.00 towards a ShelterBox.
So here I am again.  Hat in hand asking you you to post your donations so we can see if we can send 1 whole box.

Donate here:
No mentioning the person who is doing the matching as they sent this as a message.

You know the routine! If you donate post here and I will add it up and see if we can get one box up as a community.
Thank you so much for all your support in this.
Looks like yet another after shock hit.

Here is a short video of what ShelterBox does.

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The diary on the earthquake is here by bevenroDEUX.

ShelterBox is getting ready to go to India. Lots of ShelterBoxes are already prepositioned.
ShelterBox page on it.
DONATION PAGE for ShelterBox is here

A ShelterBox response team is preparing to travel to Nepal to see how ShelterBox can be of assistance following an earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude.

The quake occurred between the major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara , with tremors felt as far away as Delhi in India. More than 500 people are reported to have died following the earthquake, while there is extensive damage to homes and buildings.

ShelterBox is already in talks with several aid agencies and Rotary contacts based in Nepal to see where we can help.

Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator, said: "One of our contacts based in Kathmandu told us that the environment is filled with fear and that people have been told to expect more tremors. There is a lot of damage in Kathmandu and emergency relief will be required for sure."

In addition, a ShelterBox response team is heading to Nepal to get a first-hand idea of the scale of destruction and the level of need for shelter. We already have aid, including tents, prepositioned in the country, which could be used as emergency clinics, as well as shelters in the immediate aftermath.

Sadly, ShelterBox has responded to several disasters in Nepal throughout the years. Most recently ShelterBox provided aid to people who had lost their homes in the north of the country due to flooding and landslides last autumn.

View our gallery of images from our previous response in Nepal:

There are prepositioned ShelterBoxes, so thanks you to all who have already been donating to ShelterBox because that allows them to be ahead of the game!

Sun Apr 12, 2015 at 05:23 AM PDT

Good morning!!!

by TexMex

A lesson from Madeline.

We love our bread, we love our butter but most of all we love each other.
(Madeline actually can't say it but she chatters something close when she see the little girls eat.)
Fight CF Madeline's page:
ShelterBox donate page here....
Just updating you guys on what ShelterBox is doing now that that they are on the ground.
March 20th ...  
"Bursting into tears on seeing total deforestation" – First reactions as ShelterBox response team arrives in Vanuatu
Mackenzie adds, "A colleague from CARE told me of people on a plane flying over an outer island bursting into tears on seeing the total deforestation, not a green leaf to be seen."

United Nations worker Joe Lowry, who is on Tanna, told the BBC, "We know what the needs are now on six of the islands and... everywhere else and those needs are definitively shelter and more shelter." Many water tanks were damaged in the storm, leaving a potential water crisis. Lowry added, "Where I was today, they are pretty much out of fresh drinking water. Food is in very short supply and lots of the food stocks that were there have been damaged. The food that was growing above ground was all swept away."

Monday 16 March 2015
While there is a communications blackout in most of Vanuatu, reports suggest that more than a quarter of a million people could now be homeless as a result of the cyclone and that up to 90% of structures have been destroyed or damaged. Thousands of people are now sheltering in evacuation centers in the provinces of Efate, Torba and Penama.
And finally in my emailbox from ShelterBox USA.....
This is what is happening right now with your help
ShelterBox is planning an initial response to send 1,000 Shelter Kits to Vanuatu from our prepositioning hub in Subang, Malaysia, which is administered by the United Nations.

ShelterBox response team members have now arrived in Vanuatu and have been meeting with CARE International to discuss our response. It is planned that CARE International will distribute the shelter kits on behalf of ShelterBox. A team from CARE international has carried out an initial assessment of the island, which suggests that there are approximately 5,000 people in need of assistance. They are reporting that they believe shelter kits and blankets to be the most appropriate form of aid for this disaster.

Response team member, Ross Mackenzie said: “The modern buildings have mostly suffered roof damage, but all the traditional houses have been demolished. All schools and business on the island are either partially or totally destroyed.

CARE, who will be our implementing partner for this response, is also the lead international agency operating on the island of Tanna. The response on this island will be divided up into two areas of responsibility, with World Vision working in the north west and south areas, while CARE focuses on the north east of the island around the Yasur Volcano, White Sands and Middle Brush, where approximately 1,000 families have been affected.

ShelterBox does wonderful things when times are hard.
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