Wednesday 17 October 2012
ShelterBox Response Team assesses sites in Niger
Children living in ShelterBox tents at the Kollo camp, Niger, October 2012.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members David Hatcher (UK) and Joanna Reid (UK) have been visiting various sites in Niger to assess the suitability for shelter distribution to flood survivors.
David and Joanna travelled to Tillaberi, the region most affected by the heavy rains over the past few months, accompanied by workers from aid agency, Femmes France-Niger, which ShelterBox is partnering with in the field.
In September, ShelterBox worked with Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International to set up tents, housing 82 families at the camp in Kollo District.
Like living in a house
Currently, ShelterBox is checking in with those families. “Everyone seemed happy. The ShelterBox beneficiaries told us when it's raining, it's so dry it's like living in a house like they had before the flooding,” said David.
David and Joanna speaking at Kollo camp, Tillaberi region, Niger, October 2012.
At three additional sites, displaced families are living in straw structures built on ad hoc sticks with tarps, which are prone to severe leakage, and inadequate for extreme weather conditions.
Families previously lived in more substantial houses constructed out of clay and straw bricks, but the flood water has dissolved the clay, andthe houses have collapsed into a pile of mud.
Protection from wind and rain
ShelterBox disaster relief tents will protect families from the sun, wind and rain. The team begins distributions today with support from the Fire Service who are providing transport as well as a team of fire staff to help construct the tents.
ShelterBox is working in this region as part of its Clinton Global Initiative Commitment, where it will provide emergency shelter and supplies for approximately 1,000 families affected by flooding, political instability and ongoing conflict.