The latest news about ShelterBox's global work
Guatemala has been left reeling by the most violent volcanic eruption since 1974.
The Fuego volcano has spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas onto hillside villages, killing 69 people so far. More than 3,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, while the entire community of El Rodeo is said to be buried.
We are sending a team to work with our contacts and Rotary partners in the country to understand how we can help families who’ve lost everything in the most devastating volcanic eruption in the country for 44 years.
Across Kenya heavy rain and landslides have caused over 300,000 people to leave their homes.
A dam burst in Kenya’s Rift Valley has killed more than 50 people in two villages, half of them children. The reservoir, situated on top of a hill 120 miles from Nairobi, gave way as nearby residents were sitting down to their evening meals. The deluge swept away powerlines, homes and buildings, including a primary school.
We are sending an initial assessment team to Kenya, to gain a thorough understanding of the situation and how we can respond.
The conflict in Syria has now entered its seventh year. What started out as a peaceful protest in 2011 has since become the longest-lasting civil war on the planet.
We’re working with our partners, Hand in Hand for Syria, ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation, to help those affected.
So far, in 2018 we have been providing nearly 2,000 families with shelter, by providing tents, tarpaulins, water carriers and solar lights. In total we have helped 45,000 families who have been displaced by the war in Syria.
More than 671,000 have now been forced across the Myanmar border into Bangladesh and thousands more continue to arrive each week. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
A majority of the displaced people are currently living in makeshift shelters of bamboo and thin plastic sheets, leaving them exposed to the elements.
With help from our partner IOM, we are supporting families with vital aid including 8,000 blankets, 8,000 heavy-duty tarps and rope, 8,000 solar lights and 8,000 water carriers.
Tropical Storm Tembin brought devastation to the Philippines, arriving just days after Tropical Storm Kai-tak. The storm triggered mudslides and flooding, resulting in the deaths of more than 200 people and more than 140,000 forced from their homes.
We’ve been supporting nearly 1,000 families with a variety of aid items such as ShelterBoxes, ShelterKits, water carriers and solar lights to support those families that need our help the most.
Category 5 Hurricane Irma caused devastation in the Caribbean and, less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria made landfall, bringing with it a new wave of destruction.
We delivered aid across six countries, including St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, the British Virgin Islands and Barbuda. In each country we tailored our aid to best support the needs of different communities.
Our work continues with our partners in Dominica and Barbuda, where we are helping families to return home and begin the rebuilding process.
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.
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. Phase one supported 441 families with ShelterKits, including tarpaulins and kitchen sets. Phase two distributions have now been completed. We supported 1,000 families with aid items such as blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, tools kits and solar lights. Phase three is being planned and we hope to support 2,000 families.
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.
As of February 2018, 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.
Our partner IEDA Relief has been distributing tents, tarpaulins, hygiene kits and other life-saving aid to the most vulnerable in Cameroon.
In Chad, we are partnering with the local aid agency ICAHD to support 1,450 vulnerable families with semi-permanent shelters and vital aid including blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets. We are now working on phase three of this project with the aim to support an additional 1,950 families.
We worked with Plan International to provide emergency aid to those displaced. In total, we helped 896 families and we are now carrying out post distribution monitoring to ensure the aid we gave out had the impact needed and what we need to improve in our future work.
We are partnering with ACTED to support 765 new arrivals in two camps in the North of the country, by providing emergency shelters and non food items.