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 over 100 people. More than 12,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.
Hundreds of families are now living in schools and churches that are being used as evacuation centres. Sanitation and privacy are poor, as these buildings were not designed to house so many people. We will be providing small tents that can be used as safe spaces to give families some privacy and preserve dignity.
These tents will offer a private space within collective centers, to be used for medical consultations and breastfeeding. Preserving dignity and providing safe spaces is central to ShelterBox’s aims for families who lost their home through conflict or natural disaster.
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.
Our team in Kenya are working hard with the Kenyan Red Cross, to see how we can help families who have lost everything. But importing aid in the country is a huge challenge, due to the country’s strict plastic bag ban. We’re looking at ways to resolve this so we can get aid to families who need it the most.
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.
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.
We’re currently trying to understand whether and how we can help families in Ethiopia start rebuilding their lives.
Last December, Tropical Storms brought devastation to the Philippines, triggering widespread mudslides and flooding. More than 140,000 were forced from their homes, staying in evacuation centers and with host families.
We have supported nearly 1,000 families with a variety of aid items such as ShelterBoxes, ShelterKits, water carriers and solar lights to support those families that needed our help the most.
Following the response, the Rotary Club of Biliran Island requested materials to support 29 families with more durable semi-permanent shelters. Families will live here for three years before being relocated to permanent accommodation by the government. We’ve helped build 21 Rotary Village shelters so far.
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.
To date, we have supported over 1,750 families.
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.
We’ve supported 1,441 families so far with aid items such as blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, tools kits and solar lights, and are planning to support a further 2,000 families in the coming months.
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.
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.
We’re also working in the extreme north of Cameroon, where families who have escaped Boko Haram need our support. We are planning to build 100 emergency shelters to house 487 Cameroonians, which include students and pregnant women whose home communities will not allow them to return. A further 367 emergency tents and ShelterKits are also en-route.
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 over 2,300 families. The aid includes blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets.
Aid is on its way for phase three of this project with the aim to support an additional 1,950 families.
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. We’ve supported nearly 2,000 families so far, and are planning to provide shelter to a further 2,264 families who have been forced to flee their homes by the Boko Haram conflict.
We will begin the distribution of aid very soon.
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 distributed 765 ShelterKits and other aid items in two camps in North-Eastern Nigeria.