Around the world - No. 5


  • Vivaldi Translator

    Opposite this strange car-park there is a very important organisation. What is it, and what does it do ? [img size=600]https://vivaldi.net/images/easyblog_images/7680/Gunsmith.jpg[/img]






  • Vivaldi Team

    @MoonDawg:

    shelter BOX - Disaster Relief https://www.google.com/maps/@50.111568,-5.269714,3a,35.6y,179.35h,77.15t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sTqk4H1xfTvutdQ2WzMaJCQ!2e0

    So, the place is correct, but the answer - not :)

    Actually, it's a parking near the "Helston Gunsmiths" company. And this company sell deactivated weapon including military vehicles (prooflink). Thus, on the parking we can see the military vehicles that will be recovered for future selling.



  • @Shpankov:

    So, the place is correct, but the answer - not :)

    Actually, it's a parking near the "Helston Gunsmiths" company.

    That is what you see on the image - but Dr. Flay wanted to know what is on the opposite site. If you turn the view you will indeed find this:
    http://www.shelterbox.org/
    "ShelterBox's operational headquarters is in Cornwall in the UK. Affiliates around the world support us by raising awareness and funds for communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. "

    I think this indeed is the important international organization that was asked for …


  • Vivaldi Team

    @QuHno:

    @Shpankov:

    So, the place is correct, but the answer - not :)

    Actually, it's a parking near the "Helston Gunsmiths" company.

    That is what you see on the image - but Dr. Flay wanted to know what is on the opposite site. If you turn the view you will indeed find this:
    http://www.shelterbox.org/
    "ShelterBox's operational headquarters is in Cornwall in the UK. Affiliates around the world support us by raising awareness and funds for communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. "

    I think this indeed is the important international organization that was asked for …

    Oops… Yes, you are right: I had lost this "small" detail of question :)


  • Vivaldi Translator

    Hehe, yes the wording was crucial ;)

    Indeed I was referring to the wonderful Shelter Box, who go a little further than most organisations.
    It was setup by an ex-RAF officer with a very "hands-on" attitude, fedup watching tonnes of grain being used as a solution in disaster areas, with no thought to how people would use it, or how to look after themselves when they have just lost all their belongings.

    Each box is tailored for the area it will be used as much as possible.
    They come with important tools to and equipment so you can create shelter and fire and cook food, and boil water.
    Things like flint and steel, or a fire-piston, and even fishing equipment are in various boxes.

    In simple terms they are glorified versions of what a Soldier would pack for heading into the wild.

    It rapidly became the most well known and supported local charity (other than the Cornwall Air-Ambulance), and I doubt you'll find many Cornish that have not helped, or been to one of the fund-raising events over the past few years.

    For a while I worked and lived with another charity (Home Comforts) that borrowed the idea, and make shelter boxes for destitute families in Cornwall, or people so poor all they can afford is to pay for the rotten walls that protect them.
    The emotional roller-coaster of the "hands-on" charity work is very tough going, and often leaves you feeling shell-shocked sat on your own at the end of a day.
    It has to be the most heart-breaking and heart-warming occupation I have had so far (and very often all in the same day). Luckily I had a dog to come home to, or I don't think I could have done it for so long.


  • Vivaldi Team

    This is pretty cool, Dr. Flay.
    I admit that I didn't know about Shelter box so I looked at their website and learned a bit about them.

    Really great concept. I worked in disaster areas before and I can see this is an efficient way to provide decent shelter quickly immediately after the disaster.


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