Disasters come in many forms – earthquake; cyclone; flood; refugee displacement
– but all share a common factor. The most urgent single problem facing the relief agencies is the provision of a supply of safe drinking-water.
In some cases, it may be possible for the relief agencies to supply water from outside the affected area. But usually, a clear need exists for those suffering in the aftermath of a disaster to achieve an early, if temporary, self-sufficiency in the supply of safe drinking-water.
The Solution is AQUABOX, a robust plastic tank with a family-sized filter unit known as the AQUAFILTER and packed with essential welfare items for a disaster situation. Once the welfare contents have been removed, each AQUABOX can be used to purify up to 18000 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink. That’s enough for 22.5 litres/day of general use potable water for use by the family for a period two years. These Aquqaboxes were designed and promoted by a Rotarian Barrie Griffiths of the Wirksworth Rotary Club see www.aquabox.org/project.asp. This is an instance of where one small group led by an inspired humanitarian, has madfe a tremendous difference to the world.
This inspired the development of Shelter Boxes in 2000 by another Rotarrian Tom Henderson OBE of the, Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. See www.ribi.org/committees/international-service/box-projects and http://www.shelterbox.org/
These cover more general needs and are sent worldwide to any disaaster that occurs.