monday, march 19:
Local scouts helped ShelterBox Response Teams (SRT) set up emergency shelter for displaced families in Madagascar's various remote villages. Gérard Studer, a representative from ShelterBox France, has coordinated the scouts' involvement in the deployment:
"The cooperation between ShelterBox and the local scouts has been amazing and very much appreciated by the families in need as well as the village leaders. The scouts have also been thrilled by the opportunity provided by ShelterBox to help deliver shelter, warmth and dignity to families in their own country."
Paul Martial Raseda, a village leader from Fokontany Tanandava, said: "I am personally very thankful for the help provided by ShelterBox to my village and I'd like to praise the involvement of the scouts in helping putting up our new homes for our families."
ShelterBox's collaboration with the scouts has enabled them to show support to their local community and also has enabled ShelterBox to help more people at a faster pace.
A total of 600 midi tents and 1,200 mosquito nets and eight SchoolBoxes have been distributed. All teams have returned and the deployment is complete.
To see a video from the deployment please visit ShelterBox's YouTube page here
More images of the deployment can be viewed on ShelterBox's Flickr page here
tuesday, february 28:
ShelterBox has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Madagascar's national disaster relief agency, the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), on the recent deployment following Cyclone Giovanna that hit on February 14.
Madagascar is one of the most cyclone-prone countries in the world. This is ShelterBox’s second deployment of aid to the island. With the MoU both organizations aim to increase future disaster preparedness.
The agreement sets out how the two organizations can work together to ensure that emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies reach people in need as quickly and efficiently as possible after a disaster strikes. As a result, 224 ShelterBoxes will be pre-positioned in the capital Antananarivo. ShelterBox and BNGRC will also work together on any future deployments to the Indian Ocean island.
"I am delighted that we have signed this Memorandum that will only allow our relationship with the BNGRC to grow from strength to strength," said Tom Henderson, Founder and CEO of ShelterBox. "With prepositioned stock and their support on deployments, we will be able to respond immediately to any future disasters that strike Madagascar helping people instantly."
wednesday, february 22:
ShelterBox is sending emergency shelter to Madagascar for families who have been made homeless by Cyclone Giovanna that struck on February 14.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has been working closely with the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), the national disaster relief agency, to carry out a needs assessment in the most devastated areas of the island.
"The eastern town of Brickaville and the capital Antananarivo as well as their surrounding villages are the worse hit regions," said SRT member David Webber (UK). "Schools have been destroyed, homes flattened and the main hospital damaged."
ShelterBox is sending midi tents from its headquarters in Cornwall, UK, as opposed to ShelterBoxes, as people have lost their homes from the high winds but still have their personal belongings. The midi tents are ideal for responses like this where temporary shelter is required for a shorter time while families rebuild their homes with dignity. Mosquito nets and hammers to help families put up the tents will arrive with the tents.
SchoolBoxes are also being sent to the damaged schools packed with activities for children, bringing them hope at the time when they need it the most.
wednesday, February 15:
A category four cyclone hit the eastern shores of Madagascar in the early hours of the morning on February 14, bringing sustained strong winds of around 231 kilometres per hour and torrential rains.
ShelterBox Operations have been monitoring Cyclone Giovanna’s movement and have mobilised a Response Team that is expected to arrive at the island on February 17 to assess the need for emergency aid.
The ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) will meet with the national disaster relief agency, the National Bureau of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC), to discuss the latest on the ground as well as logistics for the needs assessment.
Giovanna ripped through the eastern towns of Tamatave and Brickaville before drenching the capital Antananarivo about 220 kilometres inland. It continued to hit more than 500 further communities, many of which have still yet to be contacted.
Alf Evans, ShelterBox Operations Manager, said: "Reports indicate few casualties but say that at least three people have been killed. There could be extensive damage to homes and infrastructure particularly around the coastal towns resulting in a need for emergency shelter."
SRT volunteers David Webber (UK) and Stephen Branfield (UK) are en route to Madagascar to assess the situation from the ground.