21st March 2017

Aquabox – Providing Clean Water

Hydro-X Community Support:
Aquabox – providing clean water in crisis areas

Who are Aquabox?

hydro-x.co.ukAquabox was launched as a charity 25 years ago, in 1992, by the Rotary Club of Wirksworth in Derbyshire, UK, with support from Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and has retained that status to this day. Aquabox was the first of the Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland’s box aid schemes, providing clean water and humanitarian aid to those affected by crises.

In recognition of its sustained achievements, the charity was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in 2016.

The Majority of the boxes are packed by volunteers from Wirksworth and the surrounding  area in the charity’s warehouse.  In addition, a smaller number of boxes are packed in satellite packing stations by Rotary Volunteers. Each Aquabox “Gold” Box includes a family filter that can produce 100,000 litres of clean drinking water. These filters are assembled in Wirksworth. The boxes also include a wide variety of new humanitarian aid items and cost around £125 to put together and transport.

Aquabox Clean Water


     An Aquabox Gold box contents:

  • AquaFilter Family
  • Shelter: Materials & Tools
  • Blankets & Sheets
  • Cooking & eating utensils
  • Essential household items
  • Personal hygiene & first aid items
  • Lighting, Babies’ & children’s clothes
  • Education packs, Toys/games

Aquabox remains a leading provider of clean water and other humanitarian aid. Aquabox airfreights large Community filters, each capable of supplying 2 million litres of water to schools, field hospitals and other communities together with Family filters.

Hydro-X and Aquabox
Hydro-X have worked closely with Aquabox for the last year, as a financial supporter, contributing to rent and administration costs. Having Financial supports, such as Hydro-X, will allow Aquabox to use donation solely for providing aid to those in need and not covering their running costs.

Making a difference
Aquabox has helped over 600,000 crisis victims in over 60 countries around the World and saved the lives of thousands, particularly young children, who are most susceptible to water-borne diseases. It remains a leading provider of clean water and humanitarian aid. Recently, Aquabox have responded to disasters in Nepal, Philippines, Haiti, East Africa and Syria. To Syria alone, since 2003,  Aquabox has shipped nearly £250k of Gold Boxes and community filters to help over 10,000 victims.

In 2012 Aquabox celebrated the dispatching of 100,000 boxes, estimated at a total of 12.5 million. These boxes were shipped to over 50 different countries around the world.  The latest shipment of boxes was to Haiti of 500 Gold boxes in 2016.

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