We currently have a team responding to the situation in Somaliland.

Severe drought has affected around 766,000 people since November 2016. Many are pastoralists and have lost up to 70% of their herds. The drought and lack of food have heightened the risk of disease and illness, whilst flash rainstorms are further exacerbating the danger.

Our in-country partner Action Aid, has successfully distributed 441 ShelterBoxes to families across three areas. These ShelterBoxes have been adapted to meet the specific needs of nomadic communities – the tent has been removed and replaced with two tarpaulins to waterproof existing shelters.

All the essential items within these ShelterBoxes are portable, vital for families in temporary camps so they can take them with them when they move on.

Mother of seven from Somaliland ShelterBox

‘We used to have so many goats, but they have almost all died and there is no more pasture for those that are left’ – Nimo, wife and mother of seven

Update from the field



We are working closely with ActionAid to ensure that families have safe shelter throughout Somaliland, supporting them with ShelterKits, including tarpaulins and kitchen sets.

The water filters are proving essential in combatting disease, as dwindling water sources are becoming contaminated and some parts of Somaliland are in the grip of a cholera epidemic.

Watch the latest update from the field here.


Cafe prosperity

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.