- Posted July 24, 2012 by
Lifesaving aid reaches families in need in flood-hit Russia
International humanitarian relief organization, ShelterBox has been distributing lifesaving aid to families in need living in flood-hit southern Russia.
Elvira and her son Stas were the first family to receive a ShelterBox. They were forced to take refuge on the roof of their home when flash floods hit Nizhnebakanskaya in the night. They waited four hours, fearing for their lives when one of their neighbors saved them.
"The moment I handed over my first ShelterBox to a family in need was really touching," said SRT member Eva Doerr. "Words were not necessary to sense Elvira's gratitude. Her home was completely destroyed by the floodwaters. When we gave her the box and put up her tent, she hugged us in appreciation."
Lisanova, an 84-year-old woman, did not want to leave her damaged home. Being given a ShelterBox means she can live on her land as her house is rebuilt.
"It was amazing speaking to Lisanova," said SRT member Andrew Clouting. "She couldn't believe it when she found out I had come all the way from Australia and Eva from Germany to help the people in Russia. I am proud to be part of ShelterBox who truly makes a difference to displaced families' lives.'
"Every day has been really unique because we have met some very special families that have been really thankful for our work and were in great need of assistance," said Doerr.
One family wrote a note to ShelterBox. It stated, "A deep bow to you and hearty gratitude from all of our family for your help."
Volunteers from EMERCOM, Russia's national disaster management agency, and from Kuban Spas, the Russian community based search and rescue organization, have been helping the SRT deliver aid.
To date, 73 ShelterBoxes have been distributed to families in the worst affected areas of Krymsk, Armyanskoe and Nizhnebakanskaya, bringing them shelter, warmth and dignity.
Flooding hit the Krasnodar region overnight, claiming the lives of 171 people and displacing thousands more. More on ShelterBox’s response in Russia: http://shelterboxusa.org/deployment_details.php?id=183.
ShelterBox is also delivering aid to families displaced by conflict in South Sudan and landslides in Uganda.
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity to families following more than 180 disasters in over 80 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org, (941) 907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.