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Bloggers for Haiti

I'm sure you'll have seen on the news the dreadful situation that the survivors of the Haiti earthquake are now facing.

In an effort to help a group of bloggers have set up a just giving page to raise money. Our aim is to raise enough money for three rescue kits from the charity ShelterBox.

Each box contains:

- A ten-person tent with privacy partitions that allow its occupants to divide the space as they see fit

- A range of survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in areas where temperatures plummet at nightfall

- Means of water purification. Water supplies often become contaminated after a major disaster, as infrastructure and sanitation systems are destroyed, this presents a secondary but no less dangerous threat to survivors than the initial disaster itself.

- A basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters. These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example. Then, when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.

- A wood burning or multi-fuel stove that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and families congregate. In addition, there are pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers.

Each box can be adapted to the individual needs of the disaster area, for example, following the Javanese earthquake in 2006, when some resources were available locally or could be salvaged from one storey buildings, the overwhelming need was for shelter

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