ShelterBox affiliate in Canada splits to form charity that claims to produce a cheaper box

Disaster Aid Canada says it can produce disaster emergency supply box for £459; each ShelterBox costs £490

ShelterBoxes being delivered
ShelterBoxes being delivered

An affiliate of ShelterBox, the aid charity that is delivering aid boxes to flood-affected areas in Pakistan, has split from the organisation, claiming that it can produce a cheaper version of the disaster relief box.

The charity’s Canadian affiliate has broken away from the organisation and says it can provide a less expensive version of ShelterBox’s aid boxes, which cost £490 each.

Each ShelterBox includes equipment and supplies – such as a tent, thermal blankets and water purification equipment – for a family of up to 10 people.

Don Ohlgren, executive director of ShelterBox’s Canadian affiliate, has set up a charity called Disaster Aid Canada, which is offering a "family survival pack" that is similar to the ShelterBox product for £459.

ShelterBox tents are currently providing immediate shelter to about 1,000 families displaced by the recent flooding in Pakistan.

A ShelterBox statement said talks were taking place between ShelterBox and Disaster Aid Canada.

The statement said: "This does not affect our donations from the UK or our other affiliate countries around the world. We remain focused on providing shelter, warmth, and dignity to those who have lost their homes through natural or man-made disasters. Our priority at this time is to continue our current response to the flooding in Pakistan, along with on-going deployments in Haiti and Brazil."

Photograph: Mike Greenslade/ShelterBox

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