The latest news about ShelterBox's global work
Earthquakes & Tsunami
ShelterBox staff and response team volunteers are on stand-by after tsunami-like waves hit the coast around the Sunda Strait and the islands of Sumatra and Java in Indonesia on December 22, 2018.
In Sulawesi, we’re working with Indonesia Rotary partners and the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) to provide tents, water filters and carriers, and mosquito nets to families in remote communities outside the city of Palu whose homes were completely destroyed after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the island.
Final items will be distributed soon. So far, 619 families whose homes were damaged by the Sulawesi earthquake have received a tent and essential aid items.
The conflict in Syria is now in its eighth year. It is estimated that more than 13 million poeple in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance.
We’re working with our partners, Hand in Hand for Syria, ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation, to help those affected.
In total, we have helped 45,000 families displaced by the war in Syria.
We recently completed distributions of winter clothing and winterized shelter and aid item kits to 1,500 families.
Conflict and Flooding
In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.
Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since last April.
Severe flooding that started last April has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides.
Thousands of people in the Oromia region have been forced to flee after these devastating floods.
In partnership with the International Organization for Migration, we have completed distributions of aid, with 1,995 households receiving assistance. We are currently planning for a second phase of the project.
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.
We are working with our partner ACTED to distribute Sealing Off Kits and non-food items kits to 528 families who are returning home to Hawija district. Rain has impacted distributions, but so far, we have provided 131 Sealing Off Kits and 226 non-food item kits.
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.
We’ve supported 3,441 families so far with aid items such as blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, tools kits and solar lights, and water filters.
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.
Around 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.
To date, since 2015, we have supported more than 11,000 families across the four affected countries.
Together with our partner IEDA Relief, we’ve provided shelter to over 7,000 families in Cameroon, where we’ve been responding since 2015. Distributions have focused on Minawao refugee camp and people displaced near the camp.
Between 2017-2018, we distributed 1,700 tents, 500 ShelterKits, and 1,850 semi-permanent shelters along with non-food items. We are readying for our next project, which aims to help 800 families.
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 3,500 families. The aid includes blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets.
Distributions are now complete for this project. The final phase provided 1,950 families with tarpaulins, blankets, water carriers, kitchen sets and solar lamps.
Niger is facing a crisis in its border areas shared with Chad and Nigeria because of the Boko Haram insurgency. Many families have been forced to find shelter in host communities, spontaneous sites in the bush or in displacement camps.
Working with Plan International Niger, we provided emergency aid to 3,414 families who have been forced to flee their homes by the Boko Haram conflict. Distributions were completed in September and we are planning our next project in the country.
The conflict in Nigeria is now entering its ninth year and the devastating consequences continue to impact structures and 7.7 million people are reported as being in need of assistance.
We partnered with ACTED to distribute 765 ShelterKits and other aid items in two camps in North-Eastern Nigeria.
We are now in the second phase of the project in Nigeria with ACTED, which will target 1,130 families, providing ShelterKits and other aid items in Borno state. So far, 855 ShelterKits and 1,155 non-food item kits have been distributed as part of this phase.