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Cornwall charity's Shelterbox tents help Haiti babies


Tents donated for babies in Haiti

Families with newborn babies and pregnant women left homeless in Haiti are among the first to be housed in tents supplied by a Cornish charity.

Helston-based Shelterbox has set up a camp for 1,000 people in Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti which was hit by an earthquake on 12 January.

Another 3,000 Shelterboxes are due to arrive by Saturday.

Each Shelterbox contains a 10-person tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, tools and a stove.

Shelterbox team member Lasse Petersen said: "We agreed with the local community that the initial tent allocation would be for families with pregnant women and families with newborns.

"We're prioritising women and children, providing disaster relief tents, blankets, water containers, children's packs and kitchenware, basically enough to set up families who have lost everything."

The charity had been helped by Dutch marines in providing storage at Port au Prince airport as well as security to the Shelterbox team.

As many as 200,000 people have died as a result of the 7.0-magnitude quake.

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