2018: Year in Review

This past year has been punctuated by the extraordinary need for the work of ShelterBox.

With 85 million people around the world now displaced because of natural disaster or conflict, there are more people displaced globally than at any other time in recorded history.

With no end of disaster or conflict in sight, ShelterBox continues to work tirelessly to provide vulnerable people with the emergency shelter and supplies needed to bring protection, warmth, and recovery.

Support from people like you has made a vast difference in the lives of families who lack the basic resources they need to begin to rebuild their lives and communities.

Our aid is more than a canvas roof overhead or a warm blanket to wrap a child in. It’s a good night’s sleep after what has felt like a nightmare. It’s the only home a family may have for weeks, months, or even longer.

But most of all, it’s the promise that the worst is over, and there’s a brighter future ahead.

In 2018, we responded 18 times (10 natural disasters and 8 conflicts) and provided 210,000 people across 17 countries with emergency shelter and life-saving aid items.

30,000 families were supported with emergency shelter and other essential household items, including tents, tarpaulins, tool kits, blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights, cooking sets, water carriers and water filters.

Another 12,000 families were supported with essential household items, including blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights, cooking sets, water carriers and water filters.

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17 Countries

Responding all over the world

We do whatever it takes to support the most vulnerable families affected by conflict and natural disaster worldwide.

Antigua and Barbuda – Hurricane

Bangladesh – Flooding and Rohingya crisis

British Virgin Islands – Hurricane

Cameroon – Conflict

Chad – Conflict

Dominica – Hurricane

Dominican Republic – Hurricane

Ethiopia – Complex Emergency (conflict)

Indonesia – Earthquakes & Tsunami

Iraq – Conflict

Kenya – Flooding

Niger – Conflict

Nigeria – Conflict

Philippines – Tropical Storm and Typhoon

Somaliland – Drought

Syria – Conflict

United States – Hurricane

Vanuatu – Volcano

Deployment Highlights

Deployment Highlight: Lake Chad Basin

Meet Catherine

2018 Deployment Highlight: Somaliland

Ongoing drought and conflict have caused internally displaced people to be driven towards urban areas, causing overcrowding.

2018 Deployment Highlight: Philippines

Typhoons Kai-Tak (Urduja) and Mangkhut (Ompong)

2018 Deployment Highlight: United States

Cindy and Gordon lost their home after water from the San Jacinto River rose and flooded the mobile home park in which they lived.

Measuring our impact

How do we know if we’re contributing to the recovery process?

We go back to the communities we helped in the months following a disaster to ask people how they’re doing compared to a list of outcomes.

Each response to a disaster or conflict is evaluated separately and we use the results to help influence our future decisions and how we make improvements with our disaster responses.

Post-distribution monitoring in Kenya




Monitoring and Evaluation Data from 2018

91% of beneficiary respondents claim that they are now sufficiently sheltered/protected from the elements after receiving shelter materials

96% of beneficiary respondents feel that they are now more prepared if there were to be any future disasters

83% of beneficiary respondents agree that the training on how to construct and use shelter materials provided by ShelterBox was useful

99% of beneficiary respondents claim they felt safe and were treated with dignity and respect throughout ShelterBox distributions

89% of beneficiary respondents feel safer at night now they have solar lights

*Data taken from seven responses evaluated throughout 2018.

Global Recognition

Woman with child photo by Olly Burn

ShelterBox is honored to have been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

The nomination was a recognition of our humanitarian efforts to help families caught in some of the world’s most extreme conflict zones, including the Syrian crisis, the Lake Chad Basin, and in some of the world’s largest refugee camps like Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh.

Our work keeps families together during a time of unprecedented displacement.

This nomination would not have been possible without the dedication and generosity of our supporters, volunteers and partners at home and throughout the rest of the world.

Volunteer & Partner Support

Taking boxes off the truck

We couldn’t do what we do without the amazing support of our partners and incredible volunteers who go above and beyond to help families who have lost so much.

1,120 Volunteer Days

Our Volunteer Response Team Members have given an incredible 1,120 days of their time, energy and skill, leaving their own families to help provide emergency shelter and vital support to families around the world.

10 Rotary supported responses

We are proud to be an official project partner of Rotary International. Local Rotary groups and Rotarians around the world have helped families in almost all of our 10 responses to natural disasters.

2018 Highlight Video