ShelterBox’s Work in Nepal

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ShelterBox USA
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Outside of work as a managing director at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is an avid skier who enjoys spending time on the slopes with his family. Keefe Gorman also remains actively involved with a number of charities, including ShelterBox USA.

A nonprofit organization, ShelterBox USA was founded in 2004. It is one of the worldwide affiliates of ShelterBox, which was started by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, England. ShelterBox is now the Rotary Club’s largest project in the world.

The aim of the organization is to provide people who have experienced humanitarian calamities and catastrophes with shelter and care. Since its founding, the nonprofit has been involved in more than 270 humanitarian crises and catastrophe relief operations in over 95 geographic areas and has helped more than 1 million people.

When a destructive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Gorkha, Nepal, in April 2015, thousands of people were killed, and entire villages were destroyed. Within two days of the catastrophe, a team from ShelterBox arrived and rapidly began distributing aid from stocks that had been prepositioned in a nearby location. The team also provided tents for damaged hospitals in the national capital of Kathmandu.

Further, ShelterBox distributed shelter kits to people in need. The kits contained heavy-duty tarps and tools to be utilized in different ways to fix and build shelters. ShelterBox team members also helped in building the shelters.

A year after the tragedy, the organization has assisted in providing shelter to over 67,000 individuals in Nepal.

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