ShelterBox is currently working with partners to deliver life-saving aid in Somaliland, an area where few other organizations are focusing relief efforts.
Three years of poor pasture and a consistent lack of rain are making families incredibly vulnerable. 500 new cases of cholera are reported every day in Somaliland. We are partnering with ActionAid to distribute water filtration kits, kitchen sets, jerry cans, solar lights, tarpaulins, tool kits, ground sheets, mosquito nets and blankets.
Dave Raybould, ShelterBox Operation Coordinator who has recently returned from Somaliland said, ‘The situation is desperate. The rains have been poor and the next due in November are predicted to be similar.
This problem isn’t going away and will get worse.
‘More than 80% of livestock have died, and now people are dying through drought and cholera. We are providing essential shelter items, including water filtration kits that can provide a family of four with enough clean water for a whole month. I’ve been to the area south of Hargeisa and seen an extended family of three generations eating from one small cooking pot. Our aid is making a huge impact on families lives.’
Working in extreme conditions
“I responded to Somaliland with ShelterBox in 2007 and 2009 for people displaced as a result of conflict, but this is different. This is a huge humanitarian challenge that will affect so many. I feel the work we are doing here will allow some of the most vulnerable of the displaced to continue to live as normal a life as possible with dignity, when conditions are so extreme.”
– Pat Prendergast, ShelterBox Response Volunteer
“As a new staff member it’s been fascinating to be in Somaliland and see how ShelterBox thoroughly investigates a scenario before it responds. This approach means that not only does the affected population receive assistance appropriate to their needs, it ensures ShelterBox makes the most of every pound donated to us.”
– Dave Raybould, Operations Coordinator
“As Operations Team Lead I’ve responded to the biggest natural disasters in recent years, but I’ve never been in a situation like this. The scale and impact of this drought is overwhelming and its only going to get worse until the rains come, but we don’t even know when that will happen. People need ShelterBox’s aid right now, and we’re going to do everything we can to help them.”
– James Luxton, Operations Team Lead
The crisis in Africa is affecting millions of people, with conflict enhancing the famine in Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Neighbouring countries, such as Cameroon and Chad, are also going to be affected and ShelterBox is no stranger to working in that region.
We have been working in Cameroon for the past three years, providing aid to families fleeing violence and food insecurity in Nigeria. We have provided full ShelterBoxes and tents to those living in camps.
ShelterBox is committed to helping these families, and with your help we can reach even more.
The last time we were in Somaliland was in 2009, when we were helping people displaced by conflict.
Eight years on, as our team were travelling down a bumpy, dusty desert road, they came upon a lone tent with a ShelterBox and Rotary International logo on it.
The owner of the tent, Muna Mohammed now uses the tent as a café. Muna, aged 21, has made good use of the original tent, weaving it together with other material to form a traditional Somali house. This is a new method of up-cycling we haven’t seen before, and it’s great to see such adaptability and resilience.
Muna proudly told the team her tea is the best in Somaliland, she has called the café Prosperity.