Following a recent visit by Tom Henderson, Founder and CEO of ShelterBox, to the Taipei UK embassy, Katharine Siao-yue Chang, Taipei UK Representative, has praised ShelterBox’s response to Typhoon Morakot in August 2009, thought to be the strongest typhoon to hit the region in recorded history.
Floods caused by Typhoon Morakot left many parts of south Taiwan under three metres of water, with 1,766 homes destroyed.
ShelterBox were one of the first agencies to respond deploying a total of 324 boxes.
Katharine Siao-yue Chang praised the global humanitarian response to the disaster, bringing special attention to ShelterBox’s work.
‘The timely assistance of ShelterBox in particular was crucial to those affected by Typhoon Morakot. A safe place to sleep is one of the most fundamental of human needs, and your provision of tents and sleeping bags in this time of crisis ensured that this need was met despite the destruction wrought,’ she said.
‘This demonstrated great compassion and generosity on your part, for which we will always be very grateful.
‘We are truly grateful to organisations in the international community such as yours, who provided such great support and generous assistance in the wake of the disaster. The people of Taiwan will forever hold your generosity close to their hearts.’