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rotary water-survival boxes contribute to flood relief in chad, mali and senegal

By Stella Almond - Posted on 21 October 2012

Distribution of the consignment of 400 boxes sent to Chad has been undertaken by the national Red Cross for the benefit of families displaced by flash floods. In the past two weeks we learned that similar floods have affected both Mali and Senegal in West Africa and we are in the process of finalising arrangements to send a total of 600 boxes to be distributed by Rotary Clubs in the vicinity of the two capital cities (Bamako, Mali; and Dakar, Senegal). In both cases local Rotary Clubs will be working with the Government agencies and approved NGOs to ensure the boxes go to ‘families most in need’.

Our existing stock of packed boxes ready for immediate deployment has been greatly reduced in recent months and the inflow of funds to enable us to replace them has not kept pace. One way of maximising income is to participate in the BigGive Christmas Challenge in early December. This provides an opportunity to double the value of donations received on-line during the promotion and the following details and attached pdf explain how it works.

We hope Rotary Clubs will publicise this through their local news media to encourage members of the public to support us. At the same time all Rotary Clubs are also asked to consider making an online donation during the promotion knowing that the first £13,600 will be doubled – the cost of a standard WSB (water purification and other essential survival items) remains £150 and a multi-pack of 5 boxes containing the water purification kits is £350.