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of disaster and conflict.

Bangladesh: Cyclone


Cyclone Remal is the most devastating to hit Bangladesh in recent years, with torrential rains and winds of 120 km/h wreaking havoc on the low-lying and costal areas.

More than 1.75 million people have been affected with over 170,000 homes destroyed. 

We have a response team in Bangladesh visiting the affected areas with our local partner, Uttaran. They are visiting some of the worst affected areas, including in Paikgacha, and meeting with local people who have been displaced from their homes. Flood waters are still receding, unveiling new damage each day.

A ShelterBox response is critical as there are no other aid organizations or government-led responds in many areas. We are focusing our response on assisting people with locally appropriate, durable emergency shelters made from high-quality materials to ensure that people’s shelters are better than before the cyclone hit.

ShelterBox aid in Bangladesh includes: corrugated iron sheeting, timber, bamboo, rope and fixings, as well as cash assistance so local tradespeople can be hired to assist in building homes.

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Malawi: FLOODING


45-year-old Grace used to live in a small village called Mwalija with her husband and four children. The village is situated in a very low-lying area of Chikwawa next to the Shire, Malawi’s largest river. The family were forced to flee when the fast-flowing water swamped their home in the middle of the night.

Severe flooding has displaced approximately 12,000 people in central Malawi. ShelterBox is responding alongside CARE Malawi to provide emergency shelter and repair supplies and household items. Water filters and carriers, and kitchen sets will allow people to store clean water and prepare meals for their families. Solar lights will provide light after dark, and high thermal blankets and sleeping mats will make for more comfortable nights.

“In some areas, houses remain submerged in floodwaters. In other areas the flood water has receded, revealing the damage to homes” – Martin Strutton, ShelterBox Response Team Lead

ShelterBox has responded in Malawi in 2015, 2019, and 2020.

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Gaza: COMPLEX CRISIS


As a humanitarian organization, ShelterBox must remain neutral and apolitical. We go wherever the humanitarian need of civilians is the highest, and right now that is in Gaza.

Approximately 1.9 million people are in need of humanitarian aid – many are sheltering in collective centers and on the street, increasing their risk of disease, hunger, and cold.

ShelterBox aid has arrived in Gaza. We are providing emergency shelter as well as tarpaulins, rope, tape, plastic sheeting, kitchen sets, bedding sets, washing sets, and hygiene kits.

We are working with a local partner, MAP, to deliver our aid. Working together with them means we can get emergency shelter aid and other essential aid items into Gaza, and to the people who need it, more quickly. We are also liaising with the Rotary leadership of District 2452 and our Rotary connections in Egypt.

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Chad - DISPLACEMENT OF SUDANESE REFUGEES DUE TO CONFLICT


Over one million people have been displaced due to violence clashes between rival forces since April 15, 2023. We are closely monitoring the situation and we expect the number of Sudanese refugees crossing the border into Chad to continue to increase exponentially.

Over 543,000 people have crossed the Chadian border, with only 2% having access to any form of shelter.

ShelterBox is responding with projects that will support refugees with adequate emergency shelter, basic household items and critical items needed for resettlement. We are embarking on a two-year program in Chad to address gaps in shelter access. We are providing emergency and transitional shelter to support longer-term recovery.

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ShelterBox has responded to Chad in both 2017 and 2018

Pakistan - FLOODING


Two people in vibrant yellow and green head scarfs receive training documents from an Islamic Relief support member. They are standing in front of a sign with ShelterBox and Islamic Relief logo's on it. They are smiling and looking down at the training documents.

Severe monsoon flooding in June of 2022 has left thousands of people with nowhere to live. The disaster has affected more than 33 million people and around 1 million houses have been damaged or destroyed.

We have partnered with Islamic Relief Pakistan to support thousands of people left with nowhere to live. Our response in Pakistan has been ongoing. Our response is providing emergency shelter and shelter repair kits, hygiene kits and latrines, as well as community toolkits to aid in recovery.

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Ethiopia - COMPLEX HUMANITARIAN CRISIS


Ethiopia remains characterized by ongoing conflict, insecurity, and the effects of climate change.

This has caused many displacements and drives humanitarian need. Across the country, over 30 million people are in need of humanitarian support, and over 4.38 million people are internally displaced.

ShelterBox has been responding in Ethiopia since 2019, supporting families with shelter kits and household items. We have assisted over 24,000 households with the items they need to start their recovery.

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Ukraine - CONFLICT


We have been responding to the Ukraine crisis since it began in 2022.

17.6 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian support as a result of the conflict.

We have distributed thousands of mattresses to people living in collective centers (schools, churches, etc.) in Lviv. We have also distributed thermal blankets, clothing and emergency repair kits that included materials to help fix damaged roofs, seal windows and doors, to keep heat in, and to keep homes watertight. The most vulnerable houses received fuel stoves and firewood.

To date, ShelterBox has provided aid to more than 120,000 people since we began supporting communities affected by the conflict in Ukraine. This includes people displaced within Ukraine as well as those who crossed its border into Moldova.

Our response in Ukraine is ongoing.

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Burkina Faso - CONFLICT


This is one of the fastest-growing humanitarian crises in Africa, with over 4.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. This is the world’s most neglected crisis according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. 

We are focusing on the construction of Sahel Tents for newly displaced families with plans to support them during the first 1.5 years of their displacement.

We know that families will use the tents beyond these first years, and are committed to providing locally appropriate shelter that will last.

ShelterBox has been responding to this conflict since 2020.

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Cameroon: COMPLEX HUMANITARIAN CRISIS


Since 2015, we’ve provided shelter and essential aid to over 26,000 families in Cameroon who have been forced from their homes due to Boko Haram violence, climatic changes, or economic pressures.

As of October 10th, 2022, floods have affected about 180,000 people in the Mayo-Danay and Logone et Chari divisions. 10,000 hectares of fields in the extreme-Nord province have been affected further exacerbating food insecurity in the region. The security situation remains volatile, characterized by incursions and attacks between organized armed groups and state groups.

Cameroon is currently hosting more than 78,722 refugees who have fled Nigeria. ShelterBox works closely with a local NGO, Public Concern Cameroon, based in Northern Cameroon to support families with a range of emergency, transitional and durable shelter kits and household items.

ShelterBox has been responding in Cameroon since 2015 with locally appropriate shelter, repair kits, roof kits, household items and community tools.

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Mozambique - Conflict


The conflict in northern Mozambique is driving one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises.

Since October 2017, an Islamic extremist group has been launching violent attacks on civilians in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

With help from our partner CARE Mozambique, we supporting vulnerable communities with shelter kits, solar lights, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, and mosquito nets.

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Somalia - Conflict and Drought


We are working with our partner the Juba Foundation to support thousands of people in Southern Somalia in need of shelter.

People on the move in Somalia are at constant risk of eviction because of the lack of property rights. With Juba Foundation, we’ll be working with landowners and the local government to make sure people have a right to remain for two years.

We’ll be providing the materials and technical guidance to Juba Foundation to construct locally appropriate shelters. Built using timber framing and tarpaulins, their durability means people will be well protected from extreme weather. The shelters have windows and a lockable door that give people privacy. They also provide space to spend time with their families, and additional security.

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