Derek Locke, a member of the Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights, spoke to Saline Rotary Club members Thursday about ShelterBox, a humanitarian organization that helps displaced people around the world.
According to Locke, originally from Plymouth, England, at any given moment, there are 85 million around the world who are displaced by natural disaster or conflict. ShelterBox and its volunteers provide shelter, tools and support to people working to recover. The organization provides "ShelterBoxes" and "ShelterKits." The boxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements. The kits contain tools that people need to start rebuilding their lives. The include ropes, fasteners, heavy-duty tarps, shovels, saws, hammers and other tools. ShelterBox also provides solar lights, mosquito nets, water purification equipment and other important gear.