Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen

by ROTARY CLUB OF DRONFIELD BENEVOLENT FUND
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen
Provide clean water and humanitarian aid to Yemen

Project Report | Jun 3, 2024
Report #17 - Status of Shipments May 2024

By Michael Whetton | Project Leader

***  Aquabox - Gift of Life  ***

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 Report #17 - Status of Shipments May 2024

 

Table of Contents.

1-- General Comments.

2-- TENTH Aquabox shipment to YEMEN December 2023  is now delivered.

3.. Next shipment to YEMEN, the ELEVENTH shipment, is scheduled for mid-July.

4-- Total shipments to YEMEN to date.

5-- Other Aquabox shipments and deliveries since February.

6..  Link to detail report with more photos.

7—Alternative video link.

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 -1-  General Comments.

The repeated deliveries tend to give rise to some repeated comments.

Many thanks to donors for the funds already accumulated, which are received from GlobalGiving monthly and transferred to Aquabox in full within two working days.

This includes non-targeted donations which are thankfully allocated to this project by GlobalGiving. The crisis in Yemen continues and your donations have been and continue to be much needed. Apart from one part time administrator Aquabox is staffed entirely by volunteers.

This project raises funds specifically for the benefit of the needy in Yemen. There are other and newer disasters around the globe, sometimes appearing to suppress news of an ongoing crisis such as the Yemen conflict. Unfortunately, there is still a great need for the support of those caught up in this dreadful conflict.

Aquabox have now increased the number of filters produced each week by adopting new bespoke tools in the assembly shop. Theresa Peltier, the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, opened the new filter assembly room on 26th March. The programme allows Aquabox to double the production of life saving water filters to 6,000 units a year. Theresa said, “I visited Aquabox back in November 2023 and this transformation five months later has blown me away. Seeing the volunteers working in the new environment and embracing these changes is so inspiring.”

 Consignment contents –  There are 2 categories of shipped units.

--  Water filters to provide clean drinking water. This is the chief requirement for many disaster targets. There are 2 types of filter, the Family Filter and the Community Filter. An Aqua12 is a box containing 12 Family Filters.

--  Gold Boxes which contain a Family Filter plus items classed as essential aids, with the latter having some variation according to the requested needs of the targeted people.

 

 Please note that Aquabox decided to rename the Gold Boxes to Aqua-Aid because the boxes were coloured blue and not gold, also to define more accurately the content as consisting of Aqua-Filters & Humanitarian Aid. However, the original name is used in this GlobalGiving project for consistency.

 

 -2-  TENTH Aquabox shipment delivered to Yemen.

250 Gold Boxes were again loaded into the container and sent to partner JOY for them to add medical equipment prior to shipment to Yemen. They were humanitarian aid packs designed to meet all of the basic needs for shelter building, cooking, education needs for the families to rebuild their lives. Each Gold Box also includes a family filter that will provide water for 6-10 people.

This is a repeat of the previous shipment in June, sent some 2 months later than originally scheduled because of other emergencies. This shipment left the Aquabox depot on 1st December, with pictures available in the related document.

Cost to Aquabox of tenth shipment to Yemen (excluding delivery).

250 gold boxes @ £150 per box =  £ 37,500, with each box including a Family Filter.

 

The TENTH shipment tool longer than originally expected because of the current dangers to ships in the Red Sea. The shipment took the longer route to help ensure safe separation from the Houties, but it has finally been delivered to the target needy in Yemen.

 

 -3-  Next shipment to Yemen, the ELEVENTH shipment.

The war in Ukraine and disasters in Turkey, Syria and Morocco have been at the forefront of recent donations to Aquabox, and this has affected their schedules. Donations directed to Yemen or non-specific donations are vital.

The next shipment to Yemen is being prepared for dispatch from the depot mid-July 2024, for transfer to J.O.Y. who will add medical equipment to the 12-metre container. The final content is not yet fixed but is expected to contain a further 250 Gold Boxes.

Cost to Aquabox of estimated eleventh shipment to Yemen (excluding delivery).

250 gold boxes @ £150 per box =  £ 37,500, with each box including a Family Filter.

 

 -4-  Total shipments to Yemen to date.

2024 – Estimated 250 Gold Boxes scheduled for shipment in July.

2023 - 250 Gold Boxesshipped in December

2023 - 250 Gold Boxesshipped in June

2022 - 250 Gold Boxes shipped in October

2022 - 300 Gold Boxes shipped in April

2021 - 400 Gold Boxes

2020 - 500 Gold Boxes

2020 - 5 Community Filters

2020 - 120 Family Filters

2019 - 270 Gold Boxes

2018 - 60 Gold Boxes  (trial shipment)

Each of the 2530 Gold Boxes contains a Family Filter.

The total of 2650 Family Filters and 5 Community Filters delivered or being prepared for Yemen can produce over 1100 million litres of clean drinking water over the working lives of the filters.

The total cost to Aquabox of Yemen aid above exceeds £380,000, as calculated using the original 2019 costs which have since increased.

 

-5-  Other Aquabox shipments and deliveries since February 2024.

       5.1   Nepal – delivered.

Another consignment of 250 Gold boxes has been sent to Nepal, to be delivered and distributed by the Gurkha Rifles. A Community Filter was also included.

       5.2   Libya – delivered.

24 Family Filters and 20 Community Filters were dispatched to Libya on 5 October 2023.

       5.3   TURKEY – delivered.

It is over a year since the powerful earthquake hit Turkey, and there are still many families and orphans who are without adequate shelter or safe water supplies. Many are unable to return to their homes so are still homeless or in temporary camps. Further earthquakes also caused more damage.

250 Gold Boxes were dispatched to Turkey & Syria on 10 October 2023

In addition, 150 Family Filters left the Aquabox depot on 15th January bound for the Hattay province. The funding was raised by the Rotary Club of Tenterden, and the shipment is scheduled to leave the Operation Orphan’s base in Nottingham on 26th January.

 

-6-   Link to file with photos of Aquabox projects including Yemen.

Please refer to the project .docx file for more detail, Yemen photos and also details of other Aquabox shipments. For pictures and further details refer to Report16 link 

GG_Yemen_Report16_February_2024.docx (DOCX)

-7-   Alternative video link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ-MOkxFGlU

This 8-minute YouTube video is the original video. Some people prefer this to the newer video which is accessible from the main project page. Filters have been improved since the original video was created.

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By Michael Whetton | Project Leader

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By Michael Whetton | Project Leader

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