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Often people affected by disaster live in remote areas. We will use whatever is available to get help to those who need it. This shot was taken in the aftermath of the Kashmir earthquake in 2005. Photograph by Mark Pearson.
ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the small town of Helston in Cornwall, UK. That same year the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard adopted it as its millennium project. Little did they know that it would become a Rotary project partner, with an ever-growing number of international affiliates.
In 2005 we sent out more than 22,000 boxes, almost 10 times the number we had sent out in the previous three years. Not only were we sending aid to victims of the Tsunami, but we were also able to help those who had lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina in the USA and the massive earthquake that hit the Kashmir region of Pakistan. In just a few short months, ShelterBox had emerged as a major player in the field of international disaster relief.
We have continued to build on our Tsunami experience, helping as many people as we can, as quickly as we can, the moment disaster strikes.