Delivering emergency shelter

We work all over the world to provide families who have lost everything in the chaos of disaster and conflict with the tools they need to rebuild and recover. At a time when more people are displaced around the globe than at any other time in history; as Covid continues to rage; and as climate crisis causes ever-worsening disasters, this work is more urgent than ever. Learn more about where we are currently working.

N.B. updated September 2022

Ukraine - Conflict

We are responding to the Ukraine crisis. A ShelterBox Response team has been working in Moldova since the onset of the conflict. They are coordinating with authorities, aid agencies, and partners in Poland and Ukraine to distribute emergency shelter and essential aid to help people rebuild, recover, and find hope.

We are working on three projects –

1. Providing mattresses to collective centres in Lviv, Ukraine. Collective centres are places where people are seeking shelter and safety, and these mattresses will help people sleep at night and get much needed rest during the day. Alongside our partner People in Need, we have distributed 12,000 mattresses.  

2. Providing ShelterKits and other essential items (including tarpaulins, tools, rope, solar lights, and water carriers) to help people remaining in Ukraine to survive in damaged buildings. 

3. Supporting refugees in Moldova with high priority items they can carry with them, like hygiene items. To help people crossing the border to meet their basic needs, we’re also providing cash assistance. Working with our partner ACTED, we have supported 4,000 individuals. 

Winter is now on its way, and freezing temperatures are imminent.

Looking ahead, we will be focusing on supporting people within Ukraine to prepare for the winter months ahead. Our aim is to support 2, 000 households with emergency repair kits (including tarpaulins, batons and fixings to seal doors and windows), as well as winter jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, and solar lights.

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Pakistan - Flooding

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Severe monsoon flooding in Pakistan has left thousands of people with nowhere to live. The disaster has affected more than 33 million people, killing over 1,100.

ShelterBox is responding. We have partnered with Islamic Relief Pakistan to support thousands of people left with nowhere to live.

We are focusing our attention on the most affected areas of Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Learn more about the situation in Pakistan and see how you can help.

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Yemen - Conflict

ShelterBox NZ International Disaster Relief Yemen

Yemen is currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

It is a result of the bitter civil war, starvation, and a failing economy.

We have partnered with BCHR (Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief) to support vulnerable communities as violence flares up again. Together we are providing tents, tarpaulins, water filters, soap, masks and other household items.

Aid distributions are now complete, but we’re planning another project to support more people.

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Mozambique - Conflict

ShelterBox NZ emerency shelter in Mozambique

The conflict in northern Mozambique is driving one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises. With the number of people uprooted from their homes having increased by nearly 650% in 2020, the need for shelter is huge.

Every day, more people arrive in neighbouring districts on foot, by boat, or bus, to escape the ongoing violence.

With help from our partner CARE Mozambique, we’ll be supporting vulnerable communities with ShelterKits, thermal blankets, solar lights, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, and mosquito nets to families who are in desperate need of emergency shelter.

Aid distributions are now complete and post-distribution monitoring activities are underway. We are now planning our next project in the country to support even more people.

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ShelterBox NZ providing essential aid to families in Syria

In Syria, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever.

Right now, we’re planning projects to provide essential aid items to more people during the tough winter months. Working with our partner ReliefAid, we’ll be supporting 14,000 families in the Northwest with winterisation items such as baby grows, coats, mattresses, tent levelling and other essential aid items.

In the Northeast, we’re working with our partner Bahar to provide 10,000 families with winter clothing, mattresses, rope and tarpaulin, and other essential aid items.

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Lake Chad Basin - The Forgotten Crisis

ShelterBox NZ provides emergency shelter in Cameroon and Lake Chad Basin

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 2.4 million people in the region are estimated to have been displaced, and 10.7 million are in need of relief assistance.

In Nigeria, we have been working with our partner ACTED to support nearly 2, 000 internally displaced families with ShelterKits. Distributions are now complete and we’re currently planning our next project.

In Cameroon, we have supported nearly 15, 000 families since 2015. Right now, we’re working on a new project with IEDA Relief to support even more refugees and internally displaced people.


ShelterBox NZ providing essential aid to families in Ethiopia

Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes due to violent conflict, rising hunger and economic instability.

Working with our partner IOM, we’ve supported people with emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items. In 2021, people received tarpaulins, rope, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water carriers, carry sacks and kitchen sets.

We’re now working on another project with IOM to help 60,000 people.

We will be supporting communities in the Somali region who are affected by the drought, and communities in Afar who are returning to their homes following the Tigray conflict to find them damaged, destroyed and looted.


ShelterBox NZ providing essential aid to families in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is 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. Together with our partner, HELP, we’ve supported over 4,000 families since 2020.

Recently, we have been working again with HELP to provide aid items and emergency shelters known as Sahelian tents. These tents are constructed from locally sourced materials and offer a more durable structure for displaced families who have fled their homes to escape extremist violence.

Aid distributions are now complete.

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The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in more than forty years.

After four consecutive failed rainy seasons in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, people are living on the brink of famine.

Across East Africa, almost 36 million people have been affected by the drought. More than 1.5 million people are displaced, and many of them are on the move as they desperately search for food.

We’re responding in Somalia, where the drought has affected 7.8 million people.

Vulnerable communities who are in urgent need of support will be receiving ShelterBox aid items.

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