Beverly Hill to Continue ShelterBox’s Efforts to Provide Shelter for Haitians
Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (Vocus) -- ShelterBox Response Team Member and graduate student, Beverly Hill, describes the flight into Port Au Prince as surreal as the landscape was dotted with tent camps, fallen buildings, and people lining the streets in their makeshift dwellings. ShelterBox is an international disaster relief agency which provides shelter and other essential equipment after a disaster.
After arriving and meeting up with her other Response Team members on Tuesday, Hill immediately got to work. ShelterBox is distributing disaster relief tents and life-saving supplies for up to 150,000 earthquake survivors in Haiti. Close to 40 ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members, like Hill, have deployed to Haiti since the devastating earthquake struck the city. The ShelterBox Response Team is a highly trained volunteer group whose members leave at a moment’s notice to ensure delivery of ShelterBoxes to the most needy.
ShelterBox has already set up numerous sites where tent camps have been created. One that struck a chord with Hill was named “Eden.”
“Eden stands out to me given what these individuals have been through,” said Hill. “It’s an appropriate name for a place to call home compared with the conditions some of the other locals are living in where home could be a plastic tarp or a bed linen.”
Hill is a graduate student at the University of South Florida, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in applied anthropology. She is currently performing her dissertation research on humanitarian assistance and nonprofit management through a doctoral internship with ShelterBox.
Around 15,000 ShelterBoxes have arrived in Haiti and more are arriving daily. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains elements not provided by any other relief organ
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