Monday 13 August 2012
Horn Of Africa: One Year on
ShelterBox responses in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia in 2011
In 2011, ShelterBox delivered more than 8,500 disaster relief tents to more than 8,500 refugee families in Kenya and Ethiopia, making it the largest movement of ShelterBox aid that year.
ShelterBox was responding to what many reports said was the worst drought in 60 years in the Horn of Africa, which sparked a severe food crisis.
Families were not only fleeing drought and subsequent famine but also the increasingly unstable situation in Somalia.
ShelterBox was working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and with Save the Children in Dolo Ado camp in the south of Ethiopia.
By September 2011, 140,000 new refugees had arrived at Dadaab, predominantly Somalis, bringing the refugee population to 450,000, exceeding well over the original capacity of 90,000, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Thanks to your overwhelming support, ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) distributed 1,504 tents in Ethiopia and 7,000 in Kenya, bringing thousands of displaced families shelter and dignity.
Canadians from coast to coast came together in response to the ShelterBox Canada appeal for East Africa. ShelterBox Canada donors, together with support from the Government of Canada’s matching funds program, committed over $435,000 to the region helping to help support the humanitarian aid efforts in the area.
Canadian SRT, Dave Hallett setting up tents on deployment in 2011
When Canadian SRT Dave Hallett returned from his deployment to the area last fall, he reflected on his experiences there. “It is hard to describe the conditions that refugees have to live under,” said Dave. “Across the camps, 80% of the populations are children, and the majority of the adults are women.” Dave helped to arrange the distribution of ShelterBoxes to “the most vulnerable of a vulnerable population”, including unaccompanied children, the disabled and single mothers.
One year later, SRT member Rebecca Ridgeway (UK) and ShelterBox Training Coordinator and SRT member Ingrid Criddle (UK) reflect on their times in Kenya and Ethiopia:
Drought and ongoing conflict in Somalia forced over one million people to leave their homes last year.
ShelterBox worked with Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International to set up tents not only for living spaces but also for medical treatment rooms in Mogadishu, providing shelter and comfort as well as primary and maternal healthcare services.
Hear more about the hospitalisation facility in Mogadishu from ShelterBox France's President John Diksa, who coordinated ShelterBox's work with WAHA International:
Everybody at ShelterBox would like to thank you again for your help in raising vital awareness and funds for our efforts across the globe, which in Somalia helped pregnant women have the privacy to have antenatal consultations and give birth in a clean sterile environment, helping save their lives as well as their babies' lives.