Like you, the team here at ShelterBox are concerned about the impact Coronavirus is having on our lives and the world around us.
Current travel restrictions are making our work more challenging, however we are committed to providing vulnerable families with a place to call home throughout this Coronavirus outbreak.
Our partners in Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia are getting our emergency shelter to people who need it, whilst implementing the social distancing rules.
There is still a massive need for humanitarian support. Coronavirus has made that need even more urgent.
PHILIPPINES - SUPER TYPHOON GONI
We have responded in the Philippines after Typhoon Goni caused destruction, landslides and extensive flooding.
The super typhoon was swiftly followed by Typhoon Vamco – the sixth named storm to hit the country in just three weeks.
It moved along a similar path to Goni and pushed response efforts back to zero as house repairs and temporary shelters were again destroyed.
We have worked with Humanity & Inclusion and local agency Simon of Cyrene to support over 5,000 families who have been badly affected by the devastating typhoons.
Aid distributions are now complete.
SUDAN - FLOODING
Sudan has been affected by the worst flooding in decades.
Heavy rains which started at the end of July intensified during the following months. Severe flooding has taken people’s lives forcing thousands to flee their homes.
In addition, the devastating disaster has destroyed key infrastructure and livelihoods across Sudan – a country that is already struggling with coronavirus.
We are planning to partner with the United Peace Organization (UPO) to support communities in the Gadaref region that have been badly affected by the flooding.
We’ll be working together to provide tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.
HONDURAS - HURRICANE ETA
Hurricane Eta and Iota have left families reeling after they battered Central America in early November.
Its heavy rains and resulting flooding and landslides have destroyed homes during a time when families need shelter the most to protect themselves from coronavirus. Just weeks later, Hurricane Iota followed a similar path.
We are working to help families in Honduras who have lost their homes to Hurricane Eta and Iota.
We will be working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Honduras and the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula.
We’re hoping to support over 3,000 families with shelter kits, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, blankets, water carriers and water filters, solar lights and other essential items.
We urgently need to restock so that we are ready for future disasters, but we can’t do this without your support.
ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT
Millions of people in Ethiopia have been forced to leave their homes because of inter-communal fighting, drought, or flooding.
With IOM Ethiopia, we have supported more than 48,000 people with emergency shelter, blankets, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water carriers.
Right now we’re deeply concerned about the escalating conflict in in the northern Tigray region, and the possibility of a major humanitarian crisis.
Together with our partner in Ethiopia IOM (International Organization for Migration), we’re preparing supplies of emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items in response to the crisis in Tigray and to try to stem the spread of coronavirus. We’re hoping to support over 3,500 families.
INDIA - FLOODING
Most Indian states have experienced torrential monsoon rains and severe flash flooding since June.
It is estimated that more than 17 million people have been affected across the country. The states of Assam, Bihar and Odisha have been hit the hardest.
The disaster is affecting vulnerable families already in a tough situation as they struggle to recover from the deadly effects of Super Cyclone Amphan and protect themselves from the risk of coronavirus.
We will be working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to support communities in the Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha, who desperately need help.
There are no other actors providing emergency shelter support in these areas and there are significant shelter needs.
Families will receive shelter kits including tarpaulins, rope and tool kits, hygiene kits including soap, bucket and face masks, as well as other essential household items.
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.
In Nigeria, we have worked our partner ACTED to support internally displaced families. In Cameroon, we have supported over 7,800 families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. Project 8 is now underway with the support of our partner IEDA Relief.
Due to Coronavirus, we’re working closely with our partners to ensure the safety of affected communities and staff in our work.
Burkina Faso - Conflict
Burkina Faso is one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa. Almost 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to extremist violence. Efforts by both government forces and local militias to fight it have uprooted even more communities.
The insecurity and instability make it difficult for aid workers to reach some of the people in need, and Coronavirus is making the situation even worse.
Despite the many challenges for humanitarian organizations, including travel restrictions, we are working with our new partner Help to support vulnerable communities.
Distributions and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete. We’ve supported families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, water carriers, sleeping mats, high thermal blankets, mosquito nets and solar lights. We’re also planning a new project to help even more families in need.
SYRIAN REGION - ONGOING CONFLICT
The conflict in the Syrian Region is entering its 10th year. What started out as a peaceful protest in 2011 has since become a brutal and complex civil war.
Over 900,000 people have fled the violence since December 2019 alone. Coronavirus is also an additional threat for families fleeing the violence.
ShelterBox is working with our partners ReliefAid and Bahar Organization to help those affected.
More than 250,000 people have already received ShelterBox aid since we first responded to the crisis in December 2012.