Posted by Meg Schmieder , Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

In her May 2022 Newsletter, Meg SchmeiderCommunity Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, provides an update on how Rotary and Shelterbox are working together to help in the Ukraine and how we can help. Here's more of her newsletter.....

ShelterBox Update MAY 2022:


ShelterBox has teams in Eastern Europe, in Moldova and Poland, with some travel to Ukraine when possible. Our three projects - two in Ukraine and one outside the country - aim to support both internally displaced people and Ukrainian refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, like Moldova. ShelterBox Canada's Executive Director, Stephanie Christensen, just returned from Moldova where she met with many families who left their homes with nothing more than what they could carry. Some had to walk up to 80 kilometers to cross the border to safety.

Many had to leave family members behind, including Oxana, a mother of two children, pictured above. Oxana expressed how worried she was about the long-term effects the war will have on her children; she had to leave her job behind, has no income, and has found it difficult to find work in Moldova. While the future may be uncertain, ShelterBox is working to see how we can support families like Oxana’s with the basic necessities they need to be comfortable while in transit. Learn more about our response here.

ShelterBox has been working with Rotarians in the region as local knowledge and connections have been vital to ensuring ShelterBox reaches those who would not otherwise receive aid. Rotarians here in Canada have also played a vital role in reaching the most vulnerable. You have put the partnership into action with all your generous donations, media connections, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns. Thank you so much for everything you do - your continued dedication to putting service above self has meant that so many more families will receive the aid they need.

Help fundraise to support those impacted by the war in Ukraine, visit our Rotary Action Toolkit here:



Read our Current Operations to see more countries your support is working in.

For more information about ShelterBox and to learn more about where we are responding, visit us at

Click here to read a story about what it takes to train for a ShelterBox Response team. 

Meg Schmeider

Community Program Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada

Member of the  Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton


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About ShelterBox Canada: Canada is a registered charity that has been a part of the global ShelterBox network since 2010. We have a team of over 120 volunteers across the country who share their passion with us and help us raise awareness and fundraise across the country. There are ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members who work tirelessly with the rest of the International Response Team to deliver aid to families who need it around the world. To learn more about our board and staff click here .

ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Since  2012, we have been neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million. Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all-round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.



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