Around the world, when natural disasters strike or people are displaced by political upheaval or all-out war, Rotary International — a.k.a. the Rotary Club, the long-standing service and goodwill organization — distributes to those in greatest need a green plastic box that can literally mean the difference between life and death.


It’s called a ShelterBox, invented by a British Rotarian in 2000, and it contains a durable tent built to shelter up to 10 people from extreme temperatures, wind and rain; a stove and cookware; a water filtration system; a toolkit; and other necessary items specific to the area and climate in which the boxes are distributed, from thermal blankets and gloves to mosquito nets for malaria-plagued regions.


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