The Rotary Club of Kirkland has been supporting deserving charities in Nepal for about ten years starting with an x-ray machine for HRDC Children's Orthopedic Hospital followed by wheelchairs for disabled in Pokhara, equipment for a center for disabled children (where), and most recently the Rotarians contributed funds to purchase an ambulance for Nepal's only children's hospital.
As a result of previous ties, Kirkland Rotarians rushed to support the earthquake disaster in that remote country. Six Shelter Boxes were donated to be distributed to destitute families there. For 15 years these Shelter Boxes have been manufactured and distributed around the world for immediate availability in times of disasters including volcanic eruptions, tsuanami damage, earthquakes, etc. A shelter box www.shelterboxusa.org is about 4 x 3 x 2 feet in size and contains a relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, osquito nets and a children's activity pack.