AIDF aims to build partnerships for relief and development and 2011 saw NGO ShelterBox and manufacturer Nokero International make such a connection at the show.
ShelterBox is a UK-based organisation dedicated to emergency relief. They deploy their distinctive green boxes to post conflict and post disaster areas, filled with essential supplies for survivors. Nokero, based in the US, designs and produces solar powered technologies that are deployed to communities without access to electricity. Their solar light bulbs are much safer and more sustainable than the kerosene lamps that most communities in developing countries currently use as kerosene fumes can damage respiratory systems, accidental fires threaten both health and life, and kerosene itself is very expensive.
The Nokero relationship with ShelterBox began in the AIDF Experiential Zone, when a few Nokero lights were hung in the ShelterBox tent to demonstrate the application of solar power in a post-disaster environment. ShelterBox had been looking for a good solar light solution to include in their aid package for some time and this was the first time they had seen the Nokero product.
Jennifer Butte-Dahl, Head of Alliances and the Bright Future Fund at Nokero, said “AIDF is not simply a forum for discussion, but a platform for building partnerships that change the way we operate”.
Five months after these initial discussions an earthquake struck the Turkish region of Van leaving more than 8,000 families without homes. ShelterBox delivered Nokero solar lights, together with their other critical relief supplies, to survivors of the disaster. The Nokero light bulbs are powered by the energy of sun and a small rechargeable AA battery, which lasts for about 18 months before needing to be replaced. In Turkey, light was of particular importance due to the extreme winter conditions and the amount of time families were spending in their ShelterBox disaster relief tents. An idea meant to get people thinking during the Forum resulted in a very practical application in the field.
John Leach, ShelterBox COO, said “In a disaster environment light can mean real security to families who have lost everything. At AIDF we created numerous networks but the start of our partnership with Nokero has led to a direct benefit for families in desperate need, giving us a new solution as we strive to provide life-saving supplies and hope to communities affected by disaster.”
Nokero and ShelterBox will both be exhibiting again and contributing to the conference agenda at the 2012 event, 6-7 June in Washington D.C.
John Leach, ShelterBox COO, is one of the Expert Advisors for AIDF 2012, helping shape the agenda and contribute his expertise. John will also be speaking at the session on Civil Society Working in Harmony with the Military, as well as the Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness session (see full agenda at aidforumonline.org/
AIDF 2012 is a free to attend event for aid and development professionals and will take place on June 6-7 2012 at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. Previously International Aid & Trade, AIDF is a world leading forum for humanitarian relief professionals to cement relationships, build partnerships, gain understanding and share experiences.
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Nokero (short for ‘No Kerosene’) designs and manufactures practical, intuitive, and cost-effective solar lights and phone chargers for people without access to electricity, and then partners with local organizations to get them to the communities who need them most.
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ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families around the world who are affected by disasters. Since 2000 ShelterBox has responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering lifesaving aid to families across the globe at a time when they need it the most.
ShelterBox aims to help the areas where the need is greatest by providing shelter, warmth, comfort and dignity to families in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each big, green ShelterBox is tailored to every disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water purification and storage equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children's activity pack and other vital items. www.shelterbox.org