Aquabox provides emergency relief to people affected by disaster by sending essential provisions to devastated areas around the world. These boxes provide people in need with the basic humanitarian aid and, most importantly, clean, drinking water.
Aquabox was founded by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth UK, which was involved in providing assistance to disaster areas by dispatching plywood boxes filled with emergency supplies.
In 1990, the club identified an opportunity to extend the use of the relief boxes by constructing them out of stronger materials. In addition to its original packaging purpose, the new, plastic box could be also used by disaster‐affected communities for storage, furniture, etc. and, with the addition of a tap and purification system, it could be used to create drinking water from polluted supplies.
The Aquabox was finally launched in October 1992 and now operates in UK, Australia and Canada to provide emergency relief around the world. Since then, tens of thousands of boxes have been despatched to areas affected by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods etc., as well as war‐torn countries.
A Growing Need
Unfortunately, there is a growing need for disaster relief and Aquabox has also been growing. As awareness of Aquabox has spread, demand has risen and Aquabox has been able to provide assistance to more and more people around the world.
Aquabox has been able to send thousands of boxes to many affected areas following disasters; the devastating tsunamis in Banda Aceh, Sri Lanka and Samoa, earthquakes in Haiti and Indonesia, as well typhoons in Philippines. Aquabox gained valuable insight into how to effectively and efficiently dispatch much‐needed supplies to disaster‐affected areas with the assistance of local aid agencies and Rotary Districts.
In 1999, on a visit to the UK, an Australian Rotary member learnt of the Aquabox project and was inspired to establish a similar charity in Australia. The Rotary Club of Eltham took up the cause and established Aquabox Australia. Initially, Aquabox Australia used the boxes designed by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth but have since developed, in conjunction with AusAID, an Aquabox more suited to our region.
Aquabox (Australia) is a project of the Rotary Club of Eltham and exists with the generous support of Rotary Clubs, individuals, private and public organisations and groups.
Only through much‐needed donations has Aquabox (Australia) has been able to expand its efforts and help more people around the world. However, the need for emergency aid continues to grow and demand is outstripping current resources. You can help, sponsor Aquabox and extend a helping hand to those in need.