Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean towards in the fall of 2017. ShelterBox took action and started delivering ShelterBoxes--comprehensive aid and resources for survival and rebuilding. With these necessities for survival and comfort including shelter and safe light, families in Dominica and across the Caribbean are able to begin to recover.
Catherine Adams shows her LuminAID light, distributed by ShelterBox
ShelterBox has three main objectives: aid, delivery, and impact. They have created ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits with essential materials to rebuild a life and space of comfort after such a traumatizing event. Some of the items may include: tents, utensils, ropes, LuminAID solar lights, and toolkits, varying based off the climate and the disaster. After the devastating 2017 hurricane season, ShelterBox traveled to six different regions in the Caribbean to deliver ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits to people affected. Dominica was a target location for this aid, with ShelterBox supporting redevelopment of the island. Along with Barbuda, Dominica is witnessing a positive, but gradual, recovery from the devastation of the hurricanes.
LuminAID, a longtime partner of ShelterBox, is proud to work with ShelterBox to get crucial aid the Caribbean. LuminAID solar lights provided in ShelterBoxes provide a portable and rechargeable source of light to those without electricity. The solar lights offer a safe and cost-free source of light for recipients who may otherwise be forced to rely on candles or kerosene. LuminAID lights have the potential of an even greater impact when combined with the other targeted aid provided in each ShelterBox.
A ShelterBox employee demonstrates a branded LuminAID light
In addition to the Caribbean, LuminAID lights have been distributed with ShelterBox in other regions of the world including Peru, Somaliland, Syria, Malawi, and Bangladesh. Throughout this partnership, LuminAID was able to develop products that fulfilled the needs of the people that ShelterBox aided, while ShelterBox shared invaluable feedback about the needs on the ground to help make LuminAID lights even more suited for recipients. In addition to LuminAID's Give Light, Get Light Program, partnerships with humanitarian organizations like ShelterBox drive the impact LuminAID has for communities without power around the world.
A family in Bangladesh gather near a LuminAID lantern distributed by ShelterBox
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