On Wednesday 7th December a group of Year 9 GCSE Geography students were invited to visit Shelterbox in Truro Cornwall. Shelterbox are an emergency aid charity supported solely by fundraising through the Rotarian Society and individual donations. The British government provide no assistance to Shelterbox. During the 3 hour visit students were given a brief on the ethos of the organisation and their objectives as a small aid charity.
Honiton students were taught about the logistics of an aid organisation and delivery of critical aid in very short periods of time (normally a 3 day response).
We all enjoyed demonstrations from the Shelterbox volunteers of the type of emergency equipment sent out to disaster zones. Much of the equipment donated from companies who have supported Shelterbox since it’s very inception in 2000.
We were also given a rare treat of exploring the four types of tents sent to disaster zone, learning about design, construction and use in remote inhospitable locations. Some emotive stories were told by the staff of aid volunteers facing the huge physical and emotional challenges on the ground. Students showed great empathy and thoughtfulness towards the delicate nature of disaster relief, human hardship and loss of life.
A truly memorable visit enjoyed by all.
Thankyou to Shelterbox for arranging our visit.
For anyone interested in further information or fundraising opportunities please go to www.shelterbox.org