The latest news about ShelterBox's global work
Earthquakes & Tsunami
We’re working with Indonesia Rotary partners and the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) to provide tents, water filters and carriers, and mosquito nets to families in remote communities outside the city of Palu whose homes were completely destroyed after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi.
Assessments, training, and distributions are ongoing to help the most vulnerable people who would not otherwise receive support.
A ShelterBox Response Team is on the way to northern Luzon province in the Philippines, which was hit by Typhoon Yutu (locally known as Rosita) on Oct. 30, the 18th typhoon to hit the area this year.
The Response Team’s initial focus will be to continue supporting families affected by Super Typhoon Manghut, but the team will also be working to understand the impact of the latest typhoon.
Also known as Ompong in the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines’ main island of Luzon on Sept. 15. Its high winds and torrential rains destroyed nearly 25,000 houses and partially damaged another 295,000 houses.
We supported 1,042 families in total across three areas in northern Luzon. We have responded in the Philippines 25 times in total so far – more frequently than any other country.
Across Kenya heavy rain and flooding from March to May – the heaviest in the past 55 years – displaced nearly 300,000 people and took weeks to recede.
Working with the Kenyan Red Cross Society, we recently completed distributions to 2,000 households in Kenya, including 1,353 in Tana River and 647 in Khalifi County.
The conflict in Syria is now in its eighth year. It is estimated that more than 13 million poeple in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance.
We’re working with our partners, Hand in Hand for Syria, ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation, to help those affected.
In total, we have helped 45,000 families displaced by the war in Syria.
So far, in 2018, we have helped nearly 2,000 families by providing tents, tarpaulins, water carriers and solar lights. We are currently planning for a winter response.
Conflict and Flooding
In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.
Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since last April.
Severe flooding that started last April has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides.
Thousands of people in the Oromia region have been forced to flee after these devastating floods.
In partnership with the International Organization for Migration, we have completed distributions of aid, with 1,995 households receiving assistance.
On July 10th, 2017, the Iraqi government declared that Mosul had finally been liberated after three years of Islamic State control. However, the humanitarian situation is still dire in Iraq and the need for ShelterBox aid is as prevalent as ever.
People are slowly returning to Mosul, but there is still a huge need for aid in and around the city, and a massive displacement of civilians throughout the whole country. Displaced families have struggled in the severe heat over the summer months, now they have to prepare for a long winter.
With the help of our partners working in Iraq, we have provided essential aid and shelter to more than 8,000 families.
In November, we will work with our partner ACTED to begin distributions of locally procured aid packages to 528 families who are returning home to Hawija district.
Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016, leading to the degrading of grazing land and displacement of families, forcing them to move large distances to seek fresh food for their animals.
As the drought continues, we are working closely with our partner ActionAid to ensure that families have safe shelter throughout Somaliland.
We’ve supported 3,441 families so far with aid items such as blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, tools kits and solar lights, and water filters.
LAKE CHAD BASIN CRISIS
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The violence has since spread to the neighboring regions of Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Around 10.7 million people in the Lake Chad region are in need of relief assistance. 2.2 million people are estimated to have been displaced and perpetual insecurity continues to drive displacement.
To date, since 2015, we have supported more than 11,000 families across the four affected countries.
Together with our partner IEDA Relief, we’ve provided shelter to over 7,000 families in Cameroon. Last year we completed our first distribution of hygiene kits for young women and teenagers affected by the crisis. These kits include personal and laundry soap, a bucket and sanitary towels.
We’re also working in the extreme north of Cameroon, where families who have escaped Boko Haram need our support. Between 2017-2018, we distributed 1,700 tents and 500 ShelterKits.
In Chad, we are partnering with the local aid agency ICAHD to support vulnerable families who have been affected by conflict.
So far, we’ve distributed vital aid to nearly 3,500 families. The aid includes blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets.
Distributions are now complete for this project. The final phase provided 1,950 families with tarpaulins, blankets, water carriers, kitchen sets and solar lamps.
Recent Boko Haram attacks in Kablewa have led to massive population displacement in Niger. Many families have been forced to find shelter in host communities, spontaneous sites in the bush or in displacement camps.
Working with Plan International Niger, we provided emergency aid to 3,414 families who have been forced to flee their homes by the Boko Haram conflict. Distributions were completed in September and we are planning our next project in the country.
The conflict in Nigeria is now entering its ninth year and the devastating consequences continue to impact structures and 7.7 million people are reported as being in need of assistance.
We partnered with ACTED to distribute 765 ShelterKits and other aid items in two camps in North-Eastern Nigeria.
We are now in the second phase of the project in Nigeria with ACTED, which will target 1,130 families, providing ShelterKits and other aid items in Borno state. So far, 250 ShelterKits and 763 non-food item kits have been distributed as part of this phase.