Friday 27 November 2009
ShelterBox heads back to Burkina Faso
One of the ShelterBox camps set up in Burkina Faso during October
A ShelterBox Response Team is heading back to Burkina Faso to oversee the distribution of disaster relief tents sent to the country in October.
Last month the international disaster relief charity delivered enough emergency shelter for up to 5,000 people in Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, which was hit by its worst flooding in living memory. Three camps were set up for communities whose homes had been destroyed by the torrential rains.
Now SRT members Lizzy Treglown (UK) and John Mackie (US) will travel to the area to assess the condition of tents and complete the distribution of prepositioned aid.
John Leach, Head of Operations at ShelterBox, said: ‘When the last team was in Burkina Faso we were able to set up camps for hundreds of displaced families. Our second team will help complete the distribution of prepositioned ShelterBoxes to those still in need of shelter provision.'
In total, close to 150,000 people in Ougadougou were affected by the floods in September. Following the disaster, ShelterBox tents were packed and flown to Ougadougou in a UN plane. They were sent from Newquay Cornwall Airport for the first time in the charity's history.
To watch a video from ShelterBox's last deployment in Burkina Faso, click on the picture below.