Water Survival Box
Water Survival Box is the initiative of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, England. It arose following six months of continuous work after the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean when club members packed some 3,200 Aquaboxes boxes with items donated by members of the public. A review at the end of the 6 months indicated a number of ways to streamlined the operation.
Formalised in mid-2006 by 6 members of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge as Registered Charity, Water Survival Box Ltd. Its primary purpose is to provide a means of making water safe for the benefit of families that survive natural or man-made disasters.
Clean water is essential to protect against water-borne disease. In most natural disasters family’s homes have been destroyed and all their possessions lost. This is why the box also contains a range of essential survival items including cooking pots, bowls/plates, mugs, and utensils; health and hygiene items; basic shelter and simple tools; etc.
The first consignment of 60 WSBs went to the Philippines following a typhoon that devastated the country. We have since sent over 15000 boxes to over 68 disasters in 34 countries, in SE Asia, Africa, S America and the Caribbean.
Continual review of the product, informed by feedback from agencies involved in distributing our boxes and on-going research enables all aspect of the operation to be developed and regularly updated.
A number of partnerships have been established with Rotary Clubs and Districts as well as aid agencies such as Red Cross/Red Crescent, Oxfam, Merlin, Humanity First UK, World Vision Taiwan, School in a Bag and Khalsa Aid. Our partners take responsibility for ensuring swift transit of our consignments through customs on arrival and distribution to families most in need. They also provide us with feedback in the form of video and photographs as well as an account of the distribution operation.
Partner charities in Switzerland and and Denmark, provide generous financial support to all our distributions. Rotary clubs in Sweden and France also support us.
Volunteers undertake all of the management of the project. Additionally, volunteers from Rotary, Inner Wheel, Schools, and local community groups undertake much of the practical work. In this way, Water Survival Box can convert every pound donated into Water Survival boxes or towards the cost of airfreight