Rotary International

Working in partnership to make a difference worldwide

We are project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders and problem-solvers. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.  

By working together with Rotary, we are able to collaborate and combine resources to ensure that we can support more communities in desperate need of shelter after disaster.  

Rotarians and Rotary groups across the world support us in a variety of ways, from raising funds and awareness to providing support on the ground during our response to a disaster. This enables us to work more effectively and reach more communities around the world.  




ShelterBox and Rotary became official Project Partners in disaster relief in 2012, however we have been working closely together for over 19 years as one of the world’s most effective humanitarian collaborations.  

ShelterBox began in 2000 as a Cornish Rotary Club’s millennium project. What began as a connection with one local Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s raised over £54 million for ShelterBox to date.  

This partnership has helped us to become who we are today and extends far beyond financial support. Around 1,000 Rotary members are involved in ShelterBox as volunteers, staff or response team members. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provide all round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships. Rotary clubs worldwide also offer valuable, practical assistance to help ShelterBox reach more families fleeing disaster or conflict. 

The partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox has provided a place of refuge to people facing some of the most difficult and uncertain moments in their lives.


Through this project partnership, Rotary members around the globe can collaborate with ShelterBox to support communities in desperate need of emergency temporary shelter and vital supplies following natural disasters.

– John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International

ShelterBox Action Toolkit

Are you a Rotarian or club leader? Visit our Action Toolkit, a resource centre for Rotarians looking to support ShelterBox.  You’ll find a wealth of information and resources, to keep your club informed and inspire your wider community.  


When disaster strikes, Rotary is beside us – from the earliest planning stages to final evaluations, our partners help us to make contacts on the ground, organise logistics, and reach remote communities who might otherwise go without. 

In 2007 after a typhoon left families exposed to harsh winter conditions, Rotary connections enabled ShelterBox to provide 200 boxes to North Korea, one of the world’s most isolated regimes.  

In 2016 Sri Lanka experienced a cyclone that caused major torrential rain fall and landslides. The Rotary Club of Capital City in Columbo, were able to help with transportation, translation and liaising with the Ministry of Disaster Management and local authorities.  

In 2018 when the worst rains in 40 years caused widespread flooding in Bangladesh, Rotary contacts were instrumental in enabling ShelterBox to respond by arranging official permissions, organising permits and facilitating access to areas of the country that would otherwise have been impossible to reach.  


Since our inception in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to disasters in the Philippines 27 times, and we have worked together with Rotary in every response. In 2017 we took a natural next step in collaboration to create ShelterBox Operations Philippines. 

Find out more about the Rotary Project Partnership and the ShelterBox Philippines in-country office with this film. 


In 2019 with the support of Rotary Clubs from around the world, we provided emergency shelter to over 25,000 families, and an additional 3000 families supported with essential household items including blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights and water filters.

We were able to respond to world events 11 times, reaching communities affected by disaster or conflict in nine different countries, with assessment teams sent to an additional five.

Each year, Rotary helps us to go further, support more people and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Read the 2019 Rotary Partnership Impact Report here.

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