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Flooding in Tanzania
Torrential rain has caused flash flooding across the south-east regions of Tanzania.
Thousands of families have seen their homes severely damaged or completely washed away.
People have moved to resettlement camps on higher ground and are in urgent need of emergency shelter.
We are supporting families in Tanzania with shelter kits. They will help people to build sturdy homes so they can start to rebuild their lives and recover from this disaster.
The aid will also help families to following social distancing guidelines and protect themselves from coronavirus if needed.
VANUATU - Cyclone Harold
On April 6, Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu as a Category 5 cyclone, bringing devastation to communities in the north.
The provinces of Sanma, Malampa, Torba and Penama are most affected.
It is estimated that up to 90% of buildings and houses in Sanma are either damaged or completely destroyed. 160,000 people are thought to be affected.
Communications are still down in most areas and, coupled with the remote nature of many communities, the full extent of the damage or casualties is still unclear.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the country is extremely difficult right now. Despite the challenges, we will be providing much-needed aid to families who are most vulnerable.
Syria - Ongoing Conflict
With the arrival of COVID-19 in Syria, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever for families already living in difficult conditions.
Since December, 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 trusted partners, 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.
Somaliland - Drought
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.
Project 3 is now completed, with 2,000 households in total receiving ShelterBoxes.
In total, we’ve supported 3,468 families so far with aid items such as blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, tools kits and solar lights, and water filters. A proposal to support 1,000 more households has been approved. This aid will replicate that of previous projects to include tarpaulins, rope, and other essential items.
Ethiopia - Conflict and Flooding
In Ethiopia, conflict, disease outbreaks, rainfall shortages and flooding, have forced people from their homes.
The UN predicts at least 8 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2020.
With the help of our partner, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), we have supported over 4,500 families in total since late 2018.
Due to the spread of coronavirus, the Ethiopian government has closed its borders, except for the import of essential goods including humanitarian aid.
Our current project will support the coronavirus country response as well as the emergency shelter displacement needs. The aid for this project is in the country right now.
Coronavirus mitigations are put in place for distributions and we are also adding soap to the aid package.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PHILIPPINES - TAAL VOLCANO
In January 2020, the Taal Volcano erupted in the Philippines.
Now, more than four months later, many people have not been able to return home. There are still around 2,000 families living with host families.
As concerns around coronavirus grow, these families are living in cramped conditions and are unable to take precautions like social distancing.
Working with YKBI, we are hoping to provide essential items that will allow host families to extend the footprint of their homes, providing more space for social distancing. We’re also speaking to our local Rotary contacts to see how they can support our response.
In October 2019, three powerful earthquakes shook Mindanao island, turning homes and buildings to rubble.
Thousands of people have fled to evacuation centers and some are staying with host families.
We have worked closely with Rotary and the local government to support over 1,500 families who’ve lost so much.
In early December Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Typhoon Tisoy, hit land four times in the Philippines. Communities have been severely affected across Northern Samar.
Coastal communities have been hit the most. Beaches are covered in the debris of destroyed homes. Electricity has been wiped out, roads have been washed away and scores of fishing boats, the main source of livelihoods, have been smashed apart.
Working through our Philippines office, we’re supporting over 2,500 families that have seen their homes wash out to sea.
Bangladesh - Flooding
In July 2019, heavy monsoon rains triggered flooding in the low-lying areas of Bangladesh. Around one-third of the country went underwater.
Floods and landslides damaged roads and vital infrastructure leaving thousands of people stranded and without electricity. More than 66,000 homes were destroyed.
We sent a team in the country who worked with Rotary, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and other humanitarian organisations.
We’ve supported families who’ve lost their homes to river erosion, with essential aid items to help them rebuild and recover.
Paraguay - Flooding
Months of torrential rain have caused severe flooding in the capital of Paraguay, forcing entire communities to move to higher grounds to survive.
The unusually heavy rain has been linked to the climate pattern El Niño, displacing nearly 20,000 families who urgently need shelter and essential aid.
We have worked with our partners and local authorities to support families who have lost their homes. Distributions are now complete, with over 2,000 families receiving vital aid.