ShelterBox is er trots op dat onze hulp de mensen bereikt die het het hardste nodig hebben. Een van de dingen die dat mogelijk maakt zijn onze ShelterBox Response Teams of SRT's.
Shelterbox Response Team leden en leiders
De leden van een SRT zijn allemaal vrijwilligers en zijn afkomstig uit alle lagen en delen van de maatschappij. Zij zijn bereid en opgeleid om binnen 6-12 uur af te reizen naar een rampgebied om daar 2 tot 4 weken te helpen.
Jezelf aanmelden om SRT te worden is geen beslissing die je lichtvaardig neemt. Ingezet worden met onze noodhulp in afgelegen en chaotische gebieden, vergt dat je stevig in je schoenen staat. De omstandigheden waarin je terecht komt zijn vaak zeer eenvoudig en basaal. SRT's worden snel ingezet en dat betekent dat je na één tot twee dagen in een rampgebied rondloopt, waar mogelijk honderden mensen zijn gedood door natuurgeweld. Naast al deze ellende en menselijk leed, is de infrastructuur vaak geheel of gedeeltelijk ingestort, omgevallen, omgewaaid of weggespoeld. De contactmogelijkheden met thuis zijn zeer beperkt of niet aanwezig.
Dit betekent dat onze SRT's geheel zelfverzorgend zijn en zelfstandig kunnen opereren, terwijl ze gelijktijdig geen extra last vormen voor de mensen die ze komen helpen.
SRT vrijwilligers moeten extra fit zijn, hard kunnen en willen werken, bijzonder vindingrijk zijn en snel kunnen improviseren. Zij moeten kunnen zien waar ze echt nodig zijn en de juiste beslissingen kunnen nemen onder sterke druk van vele partijen, die allemaal nú hulp willen.
Zij zijn daarnaast de ShelterBox ogen en oren in het rampgebied. Verder werken zij nauw samen met en treden zij op als woordvoerders van en voor ShelterBox bij (lokale) overheden, internationale hulporganisaties en reporters van TV en pers. Je moet dus goed Engels beheersen en kennis van andere talen als Spaans, Portugees en Frans telt zeker mee. De SRT's zijn een zeer essentiële en vitale schakel in ons werk ter plaatse en we zijn daarom ook extra trots op deze vrijwilligers.
Gelet op de aard van het werk dat zij doen en het niveau van verantwoordelijkhied dat zij dragen, doen wij er alles aan om deze bijzonder betrokken vrijwilligers en hun thuisfront maximaal te ondersteunen.
Meer informatie is te vinden op de website van de Shelterbox International Academy for Disaster Relief
Kun je, wil je Iets anders voor ShelterBox Nederland doen?
Naast SRT willen worden, zijn er nog vele andere manieren om als vrijwilliger ShelterBox Nederland te steunen op lokaal, regionaal of landelijk niveau.
Maar als je SRT wilt gaan worden, moet je eerst laten zien dat je ShelterBox steunt, door actief ShelterBox uit te dragen in je eigen omgeving en netwerk. Immers zonder donaties zijn we nergens!
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Hier is het relaas van Jody Hurt.
3 countries, 4 disasters, 6 weeks.....
I was very nervous and apprehensive about being sent to Haiti, mainly I think because my 1st deployment to Peru was so hard but also information received about safety and security issues worried me and the scale of the devastation, on top of the overwhelming poverty which is a disaster within itself that has plagued the country for years.
When I arrived in Port au Prince I was hit by the sheer devastation 6 months after the initial earthquake. There was destruction everywhere and so many Haitians with lost limbs and scarring both physically and mentally.
There was an old women lying on the streets, people walking around her, she was waiting for death, I could see it written all over her. From that moment I felt a wave go over me, it was my detachment mode kicking in, thankfully.
Whilst in Haiti I did post distribution monitoring of camps previous SRT's had set up. It was so good to talk to the families who are living in ShelterBox tents, they had made their tents into real homes. I also spoke to other NGO's shelterbox have been working with and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm they have for what we do. Everywhere we went people recognised us and would say what an incredible job we have done and continue to do. Chris Hudson, distribution and camp manager for ACTED said 'Shelterbox is efficient and quick, SRT's are amazing, respond so much quicker to the needs of the people, they get the job done'.
I visited an orphanage where we had provided tents, I met a 6 month old baby girl called Orilande, she had lost her mother in the quake, she was one of too many to have stories like this. I was taken back by the happiness of the children here, they were singing, dancing, just full of smiles....how can this be after losing their parents, going through one of the worst ever disasters and losing their home, community...I was amazed.
People always ask me how was Haiti, I really struggle to put this into words but a few that come to me are..... intense, terrible, sad, happy, surreal, devastated, strength, loving, unbelievable....
After 2 weeks of working in Haiti I was sent to Guatemala where they had suffered severe flooding from tropical storm Agatha and also serious damage from volcano Pataya erupting. It took me a couple of days to adjust after the intensity of Haiti, but I settled well and worked with U.S SRT Mike Freeman. We worked with rotarians, scouts and the disaster relief committee. We spent our time assessing villages damaged by floods, training people how to use the box contents and distributing disaster relief tents. One of the best days for me was working with the scouts on a volcano, we were setting up a tent for a 65 yr old man, Pepe and his wife who had lost not only their home but their fishing boat too, his only way to make a living. Pepe was speechless and had tears in his eyes when we gave him a shelterbox and set up his tent. The scouts set up a fire and cooked us all lunch and we sat around the camp fire and Pepe said to me words that i'll always remember...'you are like my brothers and sisters, my family from around the world....i cannot put into words how I feel receiving all this kindness...'
After Guatemala I then went to help the 2nd team in Brazil where 100,000 people were made homeless by flooding. Flooding like I have never seen before, it was more like a tsunami on a river! We assessed the damage from the air and I was speechless. We went to see some of the places that families were living... schools, shacks and warehouses. One of the warehouses I saw had 2000 people living in cramped conditions, cholera, v and d was rife.... the smell was indescribable. I spent the next 3 weeks with the team setting up camps with the help of local people, Rotarians, fire fighters and the army. It was long days, hard work and the heat was intense... I have never put up so many tents, but we worked hard and as quick as we could...the weather was changing and rain delayed some of the sites from being ready for us to start work...incredibly frustrating....I wanted to get these people out of the places they were staying as soon as possible. When we finished camp 'hope' and camp 'confidence' and the families moved in it was such a great feeling....one Brazilian women who had 2 children told me that where they were staying after the flood was not safe or secure for her and her children, she was scared and now she is overwhelmed by what shelterbox have given her, not only shelter, but safety and security for her family and also something that is better than she has ever had in her life. At another camp we were setting up I was given a letter from Laninha, a 6 yr old girl who's sister helped her to write this letter......
'Everybody has reasons to be grateful when special people pass our lives by. They spend their time, and show us kindness just sharing it with us. They let us know that we are in their minds through the good acts they do, and that they really care about us. You are one of these special people, and you will always deserve our endless gratitude. The things that you and your friends have done with such comprehension and kindness makes us joyful. Thankyou all for helping us....
Thayslane & Laninha'
This letter was written to me, but it is not for me, it is for everyone who has ever helped to raise money for shelterbox, for all the people who work 'behind' the scenes and for every single SRT who all do such special work for such an amazing charity.
In the 6 weeks I have seen enough destruction, poverty and sadness to last me a lifetime...but also seen so much strength, love and met the most amazing people. In times of despair one of the most important things that has helped so many of the people effected by disasters is the knowledge that people from around the world will help them and genuinely do care.
Jody Hurt, October 2010