Posted by Meg Schmieder , Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

In her  April 2023 Newsletter, Meg SchmeiderCommunity Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, provides an update on how Rotararact  and Shelterbox are working in Turkiye. Here's more of her newsletter.....

ShelterBox Update APRIL 2023:


Powerful earthquakes have ravaged southern Türkiye (formerly Turkey) and northern Syria, killing more than 40,000 people and flattening 20,000 buildings.

ShelterBox aid has arrived in Türkiye. We have a team on the ground in Gaziantep and are committed to responding, focusing on the areas where the needed is greatest. For the latest updates, please visit our response page online.

ShelterBox and Rotary have been working hand in hand together to support people affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye; including Rotaractors Bugra and Sara. In addition to our first stocks of tents imported into Türkiye soon after the earthquake, more tents and other essential items like blankets, mattresses, stoves, and lighting are almost ready. We’re preparing for distributions of these items to communities in Hatay.


Bugra and Sara are helping manage resources to get aid to those who need it. "In this kind of a disaster, the immediate response is very important and as we see right now, we are not ready for this kind of a big disaster. So, I hope in the future with ShelterBox and ShelterBox packages, we can be ready" reflected Bugra.




This is partnership in ACTION. We're grateful for the support of Rotarians here in Canada and those in the ground, like Sara and Bugra.

Learn more about the response here: CLICK HERE.


Meg Schmeider

Proud member of the Rotary Club of Saskatoon

Community Fundraising Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

2010 Winston Park Drive, Suite 200, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7

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ShelterBox Canada is a registered Canadian charity (Charity Number 84628 3208 RR0001).

Mailing Address: ShelterBox Canada, 200-2010 Winston Park Drive, Oakville, ON, L6H 5R7



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About ShelterBox Canada: Canada is a registered charity that has been a part of the global ShelterBox network since 2010. We have a team of over 120 volunteers across the country who share their passion with us and help us raise awareness and fundraise across the country. There are ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members who work tirelessly with the rest of the International Response Team to deliver aid to families who need it around the world. To learn more about our board and staff click here .

ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Since  2012, we have been neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million. Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all-round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.



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