After many years of hard work, research and information gathering, I’m pleased to announce that we have been granted deductible gift recipient status (DGR) under the OAGDS (Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme). This is great news and our new status will open up opportunities for fundraising with corporales and Private Ancillary Funds.
The timing of the announcement coincides nicely with the approaching end of the financial year. Now is a great time for potential donors to make a tax-deductible gift to ShelterBox Australia!
Below is the latest deployment information from HQ.
Our response in Fiji is now in its final few days. No more distributions will take place but we will continue to conduct monitoring and evaluation activities over the next couple of days. We are also in the process of signing an MOU with the Red Cross so that we can leave 250 tarpaulins with them to distribute going forward as needed. The total number of distributions are 491 boxes, 293 tents and 401 shelter kits.
The 999 shelter kits which were sent from our pre-positioned stock in Panama have now arrived in Ecuador and the team are in the process of moving it from the compound where it has been unloaded. The remaining 1001 shelter kits and non- food items are expected to arrive in country over the weekend.
In total this will give us 2000 shelter kits, 1700 water filters, and 300 small ShelterBoxes which each contain 1 water filter, 1 kitchen set, 2 solar lights, 2 mosquito nets and 2 water carriers to distribute in Portoviejo, where we will work with local agency PROGAD and Habitat for Humanity. The boxes will be distributed with a shelter kit to those whose homes were completely destroyed in the earthquake.
175 tents were distributed last week and we are in the process of speaking with Relief Aid about distributing more shelter kits in Aleppo City, which continues to experience intense conflict.
Following a distribution of 3000 shelter kits in Paraguay in response to widespread flooding at the beginning of the year, we now plan to send a monitoring and evaluation team to assess the effectiveness and impact of our work helping families displaced by the floods. No date has yet been confirmed for this, but it is a priority and should happen over the next couple of months.
A monitoring and evaluation trip is also planned for North Korea and we are working with our contact to confirm a date.