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Like you, the team here at ShelterBox is concerned about the impact coronavirus is having on our lives and the world around us.

Current travel restrictions are making our work more challenging, however we are committed to providing vulnerable families with a place to call home throughout this coronavirus outbreak.

Our partners in Syria, Ethiopia and beyond have been getting our emergency shelter to people who need it, whilst implementing the social distancing rules.

There is still a massive need for humanitarian support. Coronavirus has made that need even more urgent.

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India - Flooding


Most Indian states experienced torrential monsoon rains and severe flash flooding from June until October in 2020.

The disaster is affecting vulnerable families who are already in a tough situation. They are still recovering from the deadly effects of Super Cyclone Amphan and trying to protect themselves from the risk of coronavirus.

We’re working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to support communities in two districts of Odisha state.

Families will receive shelter kits including tarpaulins, rope and tool kits, hygiene kits including soap, bucket and face masks, as well as other essential household items.

Distributions are currently underway.

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Syria - Ongoing Conflict


In Syria where coronavirus is now at emergency levels, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever for families already living in difficult conditions.

Since December 2019, over 900,000 people have fled the violence in Idlib province. Airstrikes and ground attacks have hounded them into smaller and smaller areas of safety. Even hospitals and displacement camps have been hit.

Together with our partner ReliefAid, we’re providing families with tarpaulins and rope to reinforce their tents, helping people to keep distance from each other. Mattresses, carpets, thermal blankets and kitchen sets can help to keep families to stay warm and prepare meals – helping them stay as healthy as possible.

Working through local partners, we have supported over 55,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq since 2012. This makes it the largest and most sustained response in our 19-year history – but the need is as urgent as ever.

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Honduras - Hurricane Eta and Iota


Hurricane Eta and Iota left families reeling after they battered Central America last November.

Heavy rains and resulting flooding and landslides have destroyed homes during a time when families need shelter the most to protect themselves from coronavirus.

We are working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Honduras and the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula.

Together we’re supporting families with shelter kits, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, blankets, water carriers and water filters, solar lights and other essential items.

Aid distributions are ongoing.

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PHILIPPINES - Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco


We are responding in the Philippines after Typhoon Goni caused destruction, landslides and extensive flooding.

The super typhoon was swiftly followed by Typhoon Vamco – the sixth named storm to hit the country in just three weeks.

It moved along a similar path to Goni and pushed response efforts back to zero as house repairs and temporary shelters were again destroyed.

We’re working with Humanity & Inclusion and local agency Simon of Cyrene to support over 5,000 families who have been badly affected by the devastating typhoons.

Distributions are currently ongoing.

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Burkina Faso - Conflict


Burkina Faso is one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa.

Almost 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to extremist violence. Efforts by both government forces and local militias to fight it have uprooted even more communities.

Increased violence through 2019 has continued in 2020, and the situation is not getting any better. Some of the families forced to flee are able to stay with relatives or friends, but many more are in crowded camps or buildings such as schools.

The insecurity and instability make it difficult for aid workers to reach some of the people in need, and coronavirus is making the situation even worse.

Despite the many challenges for humanitarian organizations, including travel restrictions, we are working with our new partner Help to support vulnerable communities.

Together with our partner, we have supported affected communities in the Centre Nord region in 2020.

This year we’ve been working again with HELP to support more families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, and other essential items, including soap and buckets.

Aid distributions are now complete.

Burkina Faso

SUDAN - FLOODING


Sudan has been affected by the worst flooding in decades.

Heavy rains which started at the end of July intensified during the following months. Severe flooding has taken people’s lives forcing thousands to flee their homes.

In addition, the devastating disaster has destroyed key infrastructure and livelihoods across Sudan – a country that is already struggling with coronavirus.

Together with our partner, the United Peace Organisation (UPO), we’ve been working to support communities in the Gadaref region that have been badly affected by the flooding.

We’re providing tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.

Distributions are now complete.

Ethiopia - Conflict


In early November 2020, escalating tension between Ethiopia’s federal government and the regional leadership in Tigray erupted into armed conflict.

Formal military operations ceased when the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle was captured by government forces at the end of November.

But millions of people remain at risk from food shortages, inadequate shelter, flooding, and conflict.

On top of this, families are also facing the constant threat of coronavirus.

We are extremely concerned by the emerging humanitarian crisis in Northern Ethiopia. We stand ready to respond, with vital emergency shelter supplies on their way.

Ethiopia

Lake Chad Basin - the Forgotten 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. 2.4 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 households across Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.

Lake Chad Basin

Cameroon

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. Our ongoing project right now aims to serve 800 families with tents, ShelterKits, and other essential items.

We’ve also worked in the extreme north of Cameroon, where families who have escaped Boko Haram needed our support. During 2017-18, we have provided 1,700 tents, 500 ShelterKits, 1,850 semi-permanent shelters, and 6,600 hygiene kits.

Chad

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 4,000 families. The aid includes blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets.

Distributions are now complete for this project. The final phase provided nearly 2,000 families with tarpaulins, blankets, water carriers, kitchen sets and solar lamps.

Niger

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.

We’ve been working with Plan International Niger to provide emergency aid to these families. Throughout Project 2, we have provided ShelterKits, mosquito nets, water carriers, ground mats, and kitchen sets to nearly 2,500 families. Distributions are now completed. Now ShelterBox has decided to pursue a new local partner APBE to develop a new project.

Nigeria

The conflict in Nigeria is now entering its ninth year and the devastating consequences continue to impact structures and the lives of 8.5 million vulnerable people.

We have partnered with ACTED and we have supported over 2,000 families in Nigeria so far.

Project 2 has been completed with 1,205 households provided with shelter. Project 3 is complete and has supported nearly 500 families with essential aid items.

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