ShelterBox deployed a Response Team (SRT) to Marrakesh in the days immediately after the quake, to liaise with local Rotary organizations and the Moroccan government, which is centrally directing the disaster response.
ShelterBox’s intervention provides displaced families with an aid package that includes a tent, thermal blankets, a solar lamp and a kitchen set – immediately providing shelter, warmth and safety.
ShelterBox believes that keeping local families close to their communities has many advantages over evacuation to other areas of the country. These include:
• Families are able to begin reconstructing their homes more quickly;
• Agricultural workers remain close to the farms that provide their income;
• Children will be able to return to their local schools with the minimum of disruption to their education.
Taken together, these benefits promote families’ and communities’ faster self-recovery – allowing them to rebuild their livelihoods while preserving their dignity. In total, ShelterBox is expecting to provide 1,200 aid packages to families in Morocco, of which an estimated 200 are funded by the JTI Foundation.