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We work all over the world to reach remote communities devastated by disaster or conflict. Scroll down to see where.

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Syria - Ongoing Conflict


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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 have left families reeling after they battered Central America in early November.

Initially making landfall as a category 4 hurricane, slow-moving Eta caused extreme damage in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and beyond.

Its heavy rains and resulting flooding and landslides have destroyed homes during a time when families need shelter the most to protect themselves from coronavirus. Just weeks later, Hurricane Iota followed a similar path.

We are working to help families in Honduras who have lost their homes to hurricane Eta and Iota.

Honduras looks to be the worst affected by Hurricane Eta and Iota, with 3 million people affected and at least 55,000 people staying in emergency shelters.

We have stocks of shelter kits and essential household items prepositioned in Panama, ready to be shipped.

We urgently need to restock so that we are ready for future disasters, but we can’t do this without your support.

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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.

Unfortunately, our initial project has been delayed until August. However, with our aid already being in the country, we have agreed with our partner to redirect the aid to another area, the Centre Nord region, where is it badly needed.

Heavy rain in the Centre-Nord region has triggered floods that have devastated several camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs). High winds have also caused damage to existing shelters.

Distributions and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete. We’ve supported families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, water carriers, sleeping mats, high thermal blankets, mosquito nets and solar lights.

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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.

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Ethiopia - Conflict


Millions of people in Ethiopia have been forced to leave their homes because of inter-communal fighting, drought, or flooding.

With IOM Ethiopia, we have supported more than 48,000 people with emergency shelter, blankets, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water carriers.

Right now we’re deeply concerned about the escalating conflict in in the northern Tigray region, and the possibility of a major humanitarian crisis.

Together with our partner in Ethiopia IOM, we’re preparing supplies of emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items in response to the crisis in Tigray and to try to stem the spread of coronavirus.

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Lake Chad Basin - The Forgotten Crisis


Women and Children at a camp in Niger

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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