Monday 24 September 2012
ShelterBox brought comfort to children in Russia
A ShelterBox tent set up as the children's nursery in Nizhnebakanskaya, July 2012.
Torrential rains in July caused flash floods to sweep across southern Russia, forcing many families to leave their homes and take refuge in trees or on rooftops.
Earlier this summer, a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) traveled to Russia to bring shelter for people affected by floods. To date, ShelterBox has distributed a total of 150 ShelterBoxes to families in need, giving them the right to live in dignity as they rebuild their damaged homes.
SRT members, Andrew Clouting (AU) and Eva Doerr (DE) had set up about 100 tents in Krymsk when they began to access the other surrounding areas. They discovered that Nizhnebakanskaya, the second largest flooded settlement, had received less help because it is not a regional center like Krymsk. While independent volunteers could supply several families with tents, it was not enough. There were families living outside their houses with no place to go. Others didn't want to leave their houses despite their conditions. Not only did these families receive a ShelterBox, the response team also worked with Nizhnebakanskaya Independent Volunteers to set up a camp for children.
Elena Korykhalova, one of the volunteers, speaks of how ShelterBox tents were used to set up the children's nursery:
Once the response team knew we were working to organize a nursery, they offered tents where children could stay during the day. This assistance resolved our problems and made the nursery a reality.”
Children from the camp settlement playing in a ShelterBox tent set up for the nursery, Russia, July 2012.
During the day, the tents were used to run activities for children when it was especially hot. Up to 30 children of different ages were able to participate at a time. Without the tents, there would not have been sufficient space for every child that needed a safe place to stay while their families worked.
'Children had a place to stay'
"Thanks to ShelterBox, the children had a place to play while their families cleaned and repaired their homes. They did not play in the muddy river and around their houses; instead, they could spend time in the field that was untouched by the disaster or find shade in the tents on hot days,” noted Korykhalova.
“Thank you again for the shelter you provided for local families and volunteer support.”