PHILIPPINES - EARTHQUAKE
Three major earthquakes occurred in Mindanao in late October. A team are currently in Mindanao where they have completed distributions of shelter kits, corrugated iron sheets, tarpaulins and rope to 6 communities.
Since distributions began just over a week ago, approximately 1,600 families have been supported by ShelterBox.
ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT
In Ethiopia, ongoing violence and conflict have forced families to flee.
In 2018, Ethiopia witnessed the biggest internal displacement of people anywhere in the world. As of January 2019, around 3 million people were displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance across 6 regions. In addition, communities affected by drought in recent years remain vulnerable, having failed to recover from earlier climate shocks.
Through a partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), ShelterBox has reached 3.500 families who have sought shelter in the West Guji region.
Our most recent project provided 1,100 Emergency Kits to support recent returnees who are faced with minimal services and destruction of property. Distributions 2 are now complete. We are currently waiting for confirmation from IOM that the post-distribution monitoring activities are underway.
Somaliland - Drought
Somaliland has 2 rainy seasons, April – June and October – November. The last rainy season was below average for the fourth consecutive season. The majority of rural communities in Somaliland are nomadic pastoralists.
Extreme weather is the biggest threat to pastoralists, with 85% livestock lost in 2017. Some reports indicate that 9 million livestock have died across the country. The continuing drought has forced communities to move increasingly large distances to seek fresh food for their animals. As a consequence, these communities are now displaced and destitute.
There is a huge need for humanitarian assistance with an estimated 2.6 million people internally displaced across Somalia, 1.6 million of which are children.
ShelterBox has completed four projects providing aid to 4,468 families to date. Discussions are ongoing around future projects. The current plan is to support 1800 families in Burao and Hargeisa, with a focus on urban displacement.
Lake Chad Basin - The Forgotten Crisis
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The violence has since spread to the neighbouring regions of Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
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.
To date (since 2015) 11,000 families across Cameron, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad have received aid to restart and recover.
Learn more about the crisis here, and how ShelterBox response teams are providing relief
SYRIAN REGION - ONGOING CONFLICT
The conflict in the Syrian Region is entering its eighth year. What started out as a peaceful protest in 2011 has since become a brutal and complex civil war. In January alone, 270,000 people were displaced.
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 helped nearly 2,000 families 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 the Syrian Region.