How ShelterBox Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

ShelterBox helps people after disasters. Tom Henderson tells how the little nonprofit he started is aiding 100,000 Haitians

Dave Young for TIME

Tom Henderson

In 1999 I watched a disaster unfold on the evening news. As aid workers threw loaves of bread on the ground and people scrambled after them, I asked my wife, "Why can't they hand the bread to those people? They've lost everything. Why should they lose their self-respect too?" It was as if someone hit me over the head with a cricket bat. I got out a piece of paper and wrote down what I would need after a natural disaster: shelter, warmth, comfort, dignity.

I approached...

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