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RIBI International Commitee Newsletter December 2013

A slightly shorter December newsletter is available for download here with a thought for the Christmas / Holiday period and an overview of an article published in The Rotary Foundation's Humanitarian Cadre Autumn publication.

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Philippines Disaster Collection

Philippines Disaster

On November 24 the North Worcestershire Rotary club organised a collection on Bromsgrove’s High Street in support of the Philippines Aid Appeal following Typhoon Haiyan. We raised just under £450 during the day. Together with other club funds and donations, the club has donated a total of £827 to both Shelterbox and the Rotary Disaster Appeal Fund. The club has a close relationship with Philippines having previously funded and managed a project to examine the eyesight and provide glasses for 2,700 children and elderly Filipinos.

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Funding Sand Dams  for a cost effective and maintenance free way of providing much needed clean and safe drinking water for whole communities in Africa. The Dams also provide ways and means of irrigating land for growing crops.

Rotary Club of Redditch lends support to Phillipines relief effort

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The Rotary Club of Redditch has pledged its support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan by making a donation of £1500 to Shelterbox. Members agreed that this was the most effective way of helping to alleviate the immediate crisis, through a recognised Rotary charity.

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE FIFTH OF DECEMBER The BigGive

THE BIGGIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 2013 –PLEDGE TARGET ACHIEVED – APPEAL FOR ONLINE DONATIONS TO DOUBLE OUR MONEY

Many thanks to the following Clubs that combined to pledge the target of £7000 – (District 1200 – Bathavon; Bradford on Avon; Chelwood Bridge; Chippenham; Langport and Somerton; Midsomer Norton and Radstock; Minehead and the Quantocks; Shepton Mallet; and Weymouth; District 1260 – Amwell).

The second phase in the process involves donations to be made online from 10:00 am on 5 December. Providing we can attract a further £14000 whilst the Challenge Funds are available we will benefit from an extra £7000 in matched funding. The final target is £28000 (sufficient to pay for 200 standard Water-Survival Boxes) and hopefully we can exceed that as we did last year.

Biggest storm in history hits the Philippines.

The RIBI International Committee has spoken to all the 4 Disaster Box schemes and can report that Shelter Box already have a team on the ground in the Philippines and are utilising boxes in the country with more being shipped. Aquabox, Disaster Aid UK and Ireland, and Water Survival Box have all received requests for help.

For immediate response please support these four box schemes.

In addition donations to the “RIBI Donation Trust” can be sent to Alcester and this money will be allocated by the Trustees to suitable projects that will bring help to those affected by the storm.

Please remember that some of our box schemes are also working hard to support the Syrian refugees and therefore their funding is under considerable pressure.

 

Biggest storm in history hits the Philippines - ShelterBox

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Typhoon Haiyan has caused unimaginable devastation and suffering in the Philippines. With winds of 195mph, the typhoon is the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall and current reports indicate that upwards of 10,000 people may have lost their lives. It has been reported that at least 630,000 people have been displaced and are in desperate need of emergency shelter, food and clean drinking water.

ShelterBox is already responding and I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed with our response efforts so far, so that you can share this information with the clubs in your district.How is ShelterBox responding?

A ShelterBox Response Team was already in the Philippines when the typhoon struck, helping following last month’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged 34,000 homes. The team are now busy helping local people cope with the aftermath of not only an earthquake but now one of the most powerful storms on record.

A further two ShelterBox Response Teams are en route to the Philippines to assist with coordinating our response in-country. ShelterBox’s response will focus in three of the badly affected regions – Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol. Reports are coming in of 80-90% damage of some towns in these provinces

Philippines appeal | Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland

http://ribi.org/news/ribi-news/philippines-appeal 

Philippines appeal

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 a team in the disaster zone distributing boxes which contain water purification tablets, a tent, toothpaste, soap and other items needed in an emergency situation. 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.

RIBI President, Nan McCreadie said: “The Rotary supported box charities will provide people with a supply of clean water and other essential items to help them survive the immediate aftermath of the disaster. However, the area will require a significant amount of rebuilding in the long term and it is vital that people are aware that help continues to be needed long after the story has disappeared from our TV screens.”

To make a donation to help the people of the Philippines, please send cheques made payable to RIBI Donations Trust to RIBI, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PB.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Bohol Earthquake - Philippines

A 7.1 magnitude Earthquake has hit Bohol Island. 183 are reported killed and thousands are homeless.

Disaster Aid have deployed three DART's and a team leader; two from the UK, one from the USA and one from Australia.

We are helping to rebuild lives in a small community, worst hit and in need, by providing 100 tents, one village sky hydrant and two community tents, initially used as triage field hospitals.

Donations are urgently needed to help us with our work.

The Power of Rotary in Action !

Contact john.steward@me.com for more information.

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