Updates from the Global ShelterBox Team
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.
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Saturday, August 14.
Buildings have been flattened and hospitals already under strain from COVID-19 are overwhelmed.
Tropical Storm Grace dumped more than a foot of rain over some of the worst affected areas just days later. ShelterBox sent a team to Haiti shortly after.
Together with our partner Habitat for Humanity Haiti, we are supporting families who have lost their homes.
Distributions of essential aid are ongoing. We are also organizing international logistics and providing training and technical support with the aid items we are providing.
The conflict in northern Mozambique is driving one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises. The number of people uprooted from their homes increased by nearly 650% in 2020.
Since October 2017, an Islamic extremist group has been launching violent attacks on civilians in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. The continued violence has caused a lot of displacement and insecurity in the area.
In March, more than 80,000 people (figure as of June 2021) had to leave their homes behind when the town of Palma came under violent attack.
According to OCHA, the number of people uprooted from their homes increased from 172,000 in April 2020 to over 732,000 people by May 2021.
The situation is chaotic. Continued violence has caused a lot of displacement and insecurity in the area. Every day, more people arrive in neighboring districts on foot, by boat, or bus, to escape the violence.
With help from our partner CARE Mozambique, we’ll be supporting vulnerable communities with shelter kits, thermal blankets, solar lights, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, and mosquito nets.
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.
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 and post-distribution monitoring is currently underway.
In Syria where coronavirus is now at emergency levels, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever.
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. We have also provided soap and clothing sets.
We have also worked with Bahar Organization to support families in the north-east with tents as well as packed boxes.
We’re planning to help even more people in Syria. Together with our trusted partners, we’ll be supporting vulnerable communities with tarpaulins and rope, clothing, essential household items, as well as soap, washbasins, and re-usable cloth masks.
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.
In Nigeria, we have been working with our partner ACTED to support nearly 2,000 internally displaced families with shelter kits. Distributions are now complete.
In Cameroon, we have supported nearly 15,000 families since 2015. In 2020, we worked with our partner IEDA Relief to provide families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. Right now, we’re working on a new project with IEDA Relief to support even more refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country. We are providing tents, shelter kits, rope and tarpaulins, and other essential household items.
Due to coronavirus, we have been working closely with our partners to ensure the safety of affected communities and staff in our work.
“Working with our partner ACTED, we supported families like Amgujja’s with tarpaulins, and other essential items. She said, “It has really helped the condition of our shelter. We have new tarpaulin to cover our household, which will hopefully keep out the rain during the rainy season.”
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.
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.
Working with our partner IOM, we’re supporting people who’ve fled their homes within Tigray with emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items. We’re providing tarpaulins, rope, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water carriers, carry sacks and kitchen sets.
We’re also providing washbasins, soap, and water jugs, to help prevent a devastating outbreak of coronavirus.
We’re now planning another project to support more vulnerable families.
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 1900 families in the Centre Nord region since 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 and we’re currently planning for post-distribution monitoring activities.
Together, we can change lives. Help people who have lost their homes to disaster by providing emergency shelter and essential equipment.
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