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-country 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.
Haiti - Earthquake
On the morning of Saturday August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck that nation of Haiti.
137,000 homes have been reported damaged or destroyed thus far, and an estimated 1.2 million people urgently need support. It is likely that damage reports will continue to increase in the coming days and weeks.
A ShelterBox team has been deployed. ShelterBox is working and communicating directly with in-country organizations and leaders who are on the ground. ShelterBox strives to provide the best solutions for the most vulnerable people, and working directly with community leaders helps us achieve this goal.
ShelterBox has responded to disaster in Haiti five other times, including after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and the earthquake of 2010 that killed over 200,000 people.
Learn more about the affects of this massive earthquake and how you can support families.
Mozambique - Conflict
The conflict in northern Mozambique is driving one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises. The number of people uprooted from their homes increased by nearly 650% in 2020.
Since October 2017, an Islamic extremist group has been launching violent attacks on civilians in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. The continued violence has caused a lot of displacement and insecurity in the area.
In March, more than 80,000 people (figure as of June 2021) had to leave their homes behind when the town of Palma came under violent attack. The situation has been described as chaotic. Every day, more people arrive in neighbouring districts on foot, by boat, or bus, to escape the violence.
Over 700,000 people have been forced out of their homes in the region, and the shelter need is huge.
We are exploring how we can support vulnerable communities affected by this conflict.
But coronavirus restrictions are making it complicated.
With help from in-country partners, we are looking to provide shelter kits, thermal blankets, solar lights, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, and mosquito nets to families who are in desperate need of emergency shelter.
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.
Together with our partner, the United Peace Organization (UPO), we’ve been working to support communities in the Gadaref region that have been badly affected by the flooding.
We’re providing tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.
Distributions are now complete.
Burkina Faso - Conflict
Burkina Faso is experiencing 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.
This year we’ve been working again with HELP to support more families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, and other essential items, including soap and buckets.
Aid distributions are now complete and we’re currently planning for post-distribution monitoring activities.
INDIA - FLOODING
Most Indian states experienced torrential monsoon rains and severe flash flooding from June until October in 2020.
The disaster is affecting vulnerable families who are already in a tough situation. They are still recovering from the deadly effects of Super Cyclone Amphan and trying to protect themselves from the risk of coronavirus.
We’re working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to support communities in two districts of Odisha state.
Families have received shelter kits including tarpaulins, rope and tool kits, hygiene kits including soap, bucket and face masks, as well as other essential household items.
Aid distributions are now complete.
HONDURAS - HURRICANE ETA
Hurricane Eta and Iota have left families reeling after they battered Central America last November.
Initially making landfall as a category 4 hurricane, slow-moving Eta caused extreme damage in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and beyond.
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 in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Honduras and the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula.
Together we’ll support over 3,000 families with shelter kits, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, blankets, water carriers and water filters, solar lights and other essential items.
Aid distributions are ongoing and post-distribution monitoring has already started.
ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT
In early November 2020, escalating tension between Ethiopia’s federal government and the regional leadership in Tigray erupted into armed conflict.
Formal military operations ceased when the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle was captured by government forces at the end of November 2020.
But millions of people remain at risk from food shortages, inadequate shelter and continued insecurity. On top of this, families are also facing the constant threat of coronavirus.
Working with our partner IOM, we’re supporting people who’ve fled their homes within Tigray with emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items. We’re providing tarpaulins, rope, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water carriers, carry sacks and kitchen sets.
We’re also providing washbasins, soap, and water jugs, to help prevent a devastating outbreak of coronavirus.
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 been working with our partner ACTED to support nearly 2,000 internally displaced families with shelter kits. Distributions are now complete.
In Cameroon, we have supported nearly 15,000 families since 2015. In 2020, we worked with our partner IEDA Relief to provide families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. Right now, we’re working on a new project with IEDA Relief to support even more refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country. We are providing tents, shelter kits, rope and tarpaulins, and other essential household items.
Due to coronavirus, we have been working closely with our partners to ensure the safety of affected communities and staff in our work.
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.