Cyclone Idai - Severe Flooding

ShelterBox previously responded to flooding in Mozambique in 2013 and Malawi in 2015

Cyclone Idai has swept through Southern Africa bringing high winds and heavy rainfall.

The storm has worsened flooding situations in many countries and has been called the worst disaster to ever hit the southern hemisphere. An estimated 1.7 million people have been affected by this storm and at least 125,000 have been forced from their homes. In Malawi alone, over 500 people are missing

ShelterBox Response Teams are headed to affected areas to understand each communities needs and provide exactly what they need to self recover.

Learn more about Cyclone Idai and how your support can help families recover from this devastating storm.


In Ethiopia, ongoing violence and conflict have forced families to flee. 

It is estimated that nearly 1 million people have been displaced due to fear and violence in the Oromia region in southern Ethiopia.

Thanks to partnerships with local organizations in the area, ShelterBox aid has reached almost 2000 families who have sought shelter in the area of West Guji.

We are currently managing the response remotely due to the security situation and are planning for a Phase B project sheltering 1500 households in West Guji. The aid has now arrived in Ethiopia ahead of Phase B distributions. 

Stay tuned for more updates on this conflict and how you can help families recover.

Philippines - Tropical Storm Usman

On December 29th Tropical Storm Usman began to make landfall in the Philippines.

The storm slowly moved across the centre of country throughout the rest of the month bringing heavy rains with it. Since then, the heavy rainfall has triggered flooding and landslides. An estimated 190,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to this storm. Homes have been destroyed, villages have been submerged, and lives have been taken.

Distributions have now concluded, with at least 2,183 families having received support so far. 

Post Distribution Monitoring, including surveys and focus group discussions, is underway. Initial findings suggest that aid is being used and is well appreciated. In particular the water carriers have been welcomed by women (who tend to collect the water) because the ShelterBox offering is slightly lighter than the most commonly distributed version.

Somaliland - Drought

Somaliland has 2 rainy seasons, April – June and October – November. Rainfall in 2017 was well below average, causing severe drought, which led to the internal displacement of more than 701,500 people in the first half of 2017. The 2018 Gu rains (April – June), were significantly above what was anticipated causing further displacement, particularly across the central regions of Somalia. This has worsened conditions in already overcrowded camps.

There is a huge need for humanitarian assistance with an estimated 2.1 million people internally displaced across Somalia, 1.3 million of which are children.  

Project 3 included tarpaulins, ropes and aid items. This package changed after receiving feedback from Post Distribution Monitoring after project 1. ShelterBox aid has reached over 3000 families.

Discussions about the most recent project proposal (project 4) is currently under review.


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


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.


On 10 July 2017, the Iraqi government declared that Mosul had finally been liberated after three years of Islamic State control.  However, it is important to note that the end of the battle does not mean the end of the humanitarian response.

With the help of our partners working in Iraq, we provided essential aid and shelter to more than 8,000 families.

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