As Ukraine Conflict Hits 6-Month Mark, SBUSA Calls for Renewed Humanitarian Focus

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — On the six-month anniversary of the conflict in Ukraine, global disaster relief organization ShelterBox USA called for renewed focus on the humanitarian crisis in the region and need for aid.  

“Today marks six months since the conflict in Ukraine began, forcing unprecedented numbers of people from their homes,” said ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray. “More than 12 million people are currently displaced, and there are no signs of the war letting up. ShelterBox is committed to supporting the emergency shelter needs of civilians caught in the conflict, and we hope the world will continue to focus on the dire humanitarian needs in the country.” 

More than 6.6 million refugees have fled the country, according to United Nation’s estimates, and another at least 6 million have been forced from their homes but have remained within Ukraine. 

ShelterBox quickly responded to the crisis, establishing three programs in the region. The first provided thousands of mattresses to collective centers like schools, sports arenas, and churches in Western Ukraine. The second provided ShelterKits including tarpaulins, ropes and other tools for those in central Ukraine seeking to shelter in damaged homes. And the third provided refugees leaving the country through Moldova hygiene kits and cash assistance to help families meet food and medical needs while they are on the move. Moldova is one of the poorest and most isolated countries in Europe. It is not a member of the European Union or NATO. 

The situation continues to evolve, but the need remains severe. ShelterBox is now assessing its next programs in the country, which will likely focus on helping families endure the coming cold winter.  

“ShelterBox remains steadfast in its commitment to bring humanitarian supplies to the country,” Murray said, “like ShelterKits to repair homes damaged by bombings and allow families shelter in place, as well as essential supplies including solar lamps, which bring some comfort from basement shelters and evacuation shelters.” 

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Holly Rickett, an emergency response legal expert and county attorney, has joined ShelterBox’s Board of Directors.


Dr. Richard Columbia, an international development expert with over 40 years of experience, has joined the Board of Directors at ShelterBox USA.


Noaman Sharief has joined the Board of Directors at ShelterBox USA in the role of Treasurer.