Millions of Syrians are being displaced by continued political strife -- many of whom left without homes in neighbouring countries.
In hopes of providing as many Syrians as possible with temporary homes, ShelterBox Canada is focusing its efforts to the middle-eastern country.
“It’s going to be the appeal as we head into September,” local Shelterbox ambassador Lyle Karasiuk said. “We know that there are already at least two-million refugees in neighbouring countries from Syria, and it’s only going to get worse.”
ShelterBox Canada is joining Shelterbox International in this effort by raising funds to provide shelter for Syrians.
Each ShelterBox costs $1,000, Karasiuk explained, noting that within each box is a tent to provide temporary shelter.
“It’s not just a small little tent,” Karasiuk clarified. “We’re talking a great big tent that’s capable of holding anywhere between 10 and 12 family members, complete with the appropriate things that are determined for the country.”
If a ShelterBox is destined for a cold country, it’ll come with warm bedding, and if it’s destined for a country with mosquitos, it’ll come with mosquito netting, he explained.
The Prince Albert area community has been involved in ShelterBox efforts in the past -- something Karasiuk hopes to see continue through the Syrian crisis.
We know that there are already at least two-million refugees in neighbouring countries from Syria, and it’s only going to get worse. Lyle Karasiuk, ShelterBox ambassador
During this spring’s Prince Albert Rotary Club LobsterFest, enough money was raised to pay for at least four ShelterBoxes.
Last winter, Red Wing School selected ShelterBox as their Christmas fundraiser recipient, with students raising enough money for two.
Although some fundraisers are currently in the works, Karasiuk said that for now the best way for people to help is through donations to the ShelterBox website, www.shelterboxcanada.org.
“We’re talking to some groups and some schools right now to see if they’re interested in doing Shelterbox,” Karasiuk said, noting that the Prince Albert Rotary Club is also considering some ShelterBox-centred efforts.
As of Sunday, ShelterBox International has deployed 130,148 boxes throughout the world to help offset housing challenges created through conflict and environmental hardship.
So far, ShelterBox has been sent to aid more than 4,500 families in Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan, housing those displaced by conflict.