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 began in 2000 as a Cornish Rotary Club’s millennium project. With the support of Rotary members and clubs around the world, ShelterBox grew to become an internationally recognised, independent disaster relief organisation. Since 2012, ShelterBox and Rotary have been official Project Partners in disaster relief.  

Each year, Rotary helps us to go further, support more people and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Read what we achieved in partnership across 2022.

2023 Rotary Impact Report

“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.”

– John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International

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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.


Our partnership with Rotary is in our DNA

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 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 following 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.  

By following us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ll see where Rotary support is making a difference right now.


Since our inception in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to disasters in the Philippines more than in any other country, 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 this episode of #RotaryResponds Live, our CEO, Sanj Srikanthan, is interviewed by the General Secretary of Rotary International, John Hewko. 

Watch the video to see how we are staying connected and responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

ShelterBox Australia Champion Awards

Natural and other disasters are inevitable and frequent, and the need is continuous. ShelterBox Champions are made up of an elite group of Rotary Clubs that have identified the continuing need to prepare for and immediately respond to the worst day ever.

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With the ongoing support of amazing Rotary clubs, we are able to reach more families than ever before.

We’d love to do more – could you prove to be crucial contact within Rotary and be a volunteer ambassador?

Get in touch with any collaboration or support ideas. Together, we can shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict.

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