Where We're Working

Get the latest updates from the field and discover where we’re
supporting communities around the world in the aftermath
of disaster and conflict.

Like you, the team here at ShelterBox are concerned about the impact COVID-19 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. Covid-19 has made that need even more urgent.

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Currently Monitoring: Tonga Volcano

On January 13, 2021 Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga. The underwater eruption caused tsunami waves throughout the South Pacific and has covered Tonga in toxic ash. Neighboring governments are surveying the damage, but very little is known right now as communications are down.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted underwater for eight minutes. The eruption was so violent it could be heard as “loud thunder sounds” in Fiji, a country more than 800km away. The eruption was one of the most violent ever captured on satellite, with a three-mile wide plume of ash, steam, and gas.

A Tsunami warning was issued in Tonga as well as countries as far away as the US and Canada. Tsunami waves did affect Tonga, however, there have been no immediate reports of death or injury.

There is particular concern for the low-lying islands Mango and Fonoi as there was an active distress signal detected from Mango

credit: NOAA

Philippines - Typhoon Rai (Odette)

We are responding in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Rai left over half a million people displaced.

The typhoon, known locally as Odette, is the most severe storm to hit the Philippines in 2021. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, it caused widespread destruction.

Families have already started receiving emergency shelter and other aid items like solar lights. Distributions are led by ShelterBox Operations Philippines with support from our local Rotary contacts.

More distributions will be taking place over the next month, and we’re hoping to reach 9,000 families in total.

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. 

All our aid has now been delivered to families who lost their homes following the 14 August earthquake. With our partner Habitat for Humanity, we supported 1,989 families with tarpaulins, tools, blankets, solar lights, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and hygiene kits. That’s around 9,945 people who can begin rebuilding their lives, thanks to your support.

Learn more about the effects of this massive earthquake and how you can support families.

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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 from 172,000 in April 2020 to over 732,000 people by May 2021 (source: OCHA)

Since October 2017, an 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. According to a UN report released on 10th January, the armed conflict worsened in November 2021, leading to “the highest number of attacks recorded since July 2021“, displacing a further 20,500 (over 50% are children) in Cabo Delgado and surrounding provinces. There are estimated to be 734,000 internally displaced people in Northern Mozambique.

Our trusted partner CARE Mozambique has begun distributions of ShelterKits, with 748 households receiving aid items across 2 internally displaced peoples (IDP) sites.

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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.

We only expect the demand for emergency shelter to increase.

Families who have already been displaced by conflict may be forced to move again, in order to survive.

We have an ongoing response in Ethiopia, delivering emergency shelter and other essentials in partnership with IOM.

Nigeria, Cameroon & Burkina Faso - Chad Lake Basin Conflict

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in the central Sahel region, which includes the countries of Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger. This region is facing one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in the world. It is estimated that over 2.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes and at least 3.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. Learn more


We are looking to support 1,000 families with a type of shelter known locally as the Bama shelter and 386 household item kits. It’s a timber frame shelter supported with tarpaulins. This is an evolution from previous projects where we have supported with shelterkits and wood – it’s more substantial and technical by design. The construction of these shelters are due to begin on 24th January. ACTED our implementing partner will train unskilled laborers and skilled carpenters from the local community to construct the shelters, with COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place.


To date, we’ve provided shelter and essential aid to over 18,000 families in Cameroon who have been forced from their homes due to Boko Haram violence, climatic changes, or economic pressures. In 2021, we’ve worked with a partner to support refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country with tents, shelter kits, rope and tarpaulins, and other essential household items. We’re currently working again with our partner to support more families.


We first started working in Burkina Faso in 2020, supporting families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, water carriers, sleeping mats, high thermal blankets, mosquito nets, and solar lights. Our most recent project, Project 4, will support 1,000 newly displaced families with emergency shelters known locally as Sahelian tents and household items.


Cameroon Response 2019
Cameroon Response 2019
Nigeria Response 2012
Nigeria Response 2012
Burkina Faso Response
Burkina Faso Response
Chad Conflict Response 2017
Chad Conflict Response 2017