Delivering emergency shelter

We work all over the world to reach remote communities devastated by disaster or conflict. Learn more about where we’re currently providing emergency shelter and essential aid.

Like you, our team is concerned about the impact coronavirus 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 Syria, Cameroon, Somaliland and Ethiopia 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. Coronavirus has made that need even more urgent.


ShelterBox NZ provides aid in the Philippines after Typhoon Goni

We have responded in the Philippines after Typhoon Goni caused destruction, landslides and extensive flooding.

The super typhoon was swiftly followed by Typhoon Vamco – the sixth named storm to hit the country in just three weeks.

It moved along a similar path to Goni and pushed response efforts back to zero as house repairs and temporary shelters were again destroyed.

We have worked with Humanity & Inclusion and local agency Simon of Cyrene to support over 5,000 families who have been badly affected by the devastating typhoons.

Aid distributions are now complete.

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Sudan has been affected by the worst flooding in decades.

Heavy rains which started at the end of July intensified during the following months. Severe flooding has taken people’s lives forcing thousands to flee their homes.

In addition, the devastating disaster has destroyed key infrastructure and livelihoods across Sudan – a country that is already struggling with coronavirus.

We are planning to partner with the United Peace Organisation (UPO) to support communities in the Gadaref region that have been badly affected by the flooding.

We’ll be working together to provide tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.


ShelterBox NZ distributes emergency shelter to families devastated by ongoing conflict in Syria.

In Syria, where coronavirus is now at emergency levels, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever.

Since December, over 900,000 people have fled the violence in Idlib province. Airstrikes and ground attacks have hounded them into smaller and smaller areas of safety. Even hospitals and displacement camps have been hit.

Together with our partner ReliefAid, we have been providing families in Idlib with tarpaulins and rope to reinforce their tents, helping people to keep distance from each other. Mattresses, carpets, thermal blankets and kitchen sets can help to keep families to stay warm and prepare meals – helping them stay as healthy as possible. Aid distributions for our latest project are now complete. 

We’re also working with Bahar Organisation to support families in the north-east with tarpaulins, rope and essential household items.


Hurricane Eta and Iota have left families reeling after they battered Central America in early November.

Initially making landfall as a category 4 hurricane, slow-moving Eta caused extreme damage in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and beyond.

Its heavy rains and resulting flooding and landslides have destroyed homes during a time when families need shelter the most to protect themselves from coronavirus.

Just weeks later, Hurricane Iota followed a similar path.

We will be working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Honduras and the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula.

We’re hoping to support over 3,000 families with shelter kits, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, blankets, water carriers and water filters, solar lights and other essential items.

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ShelterBox distributes emergency shelter to India, in response to Cyclone Amphan

Most Indian states have experienced torrential monsoon rains and severe flash flooding since June.

It is estimated that more than 17 million people have been affected across the country. The states of Assam, Bihar and Odisha have been hit the hardest.

The disaster is affecting vulnerable families already in a tough situation as they struggle to recover from the deadly effects of Super Cyclone Amphan and protect themselves from the risk of coronavirus.

We will be working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India (HFH India) to support communities in the Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha, who desperately need help.

There are no other actors providing emergency shelter support in these areas and there are significant shelter needs.

Families will receive shelter kits including tarpaulins, rope and tool kits, hygiene kits including soap, bucket and face masks, as well as other essential household items.


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.

In Nigeria, we’ve previously provided essential aid to nearly 4,500 families, and we are currently developing a new project with our partner ACTED to support internally displaced families.

In Cameroon, we have supported over 7,800 families with tentsshelter kits and other essential aid items. Aid distributions for our current project are now underway with the support of our partner IEDA Relief.

Due to coronavirus, we’re working closely with our partners to ensure the safety of affected communities and staff in our work.


ShelterBox distributes emergency shelter in Ethiopia in response to conflict

Millions of people in Ethiopia have been forced to leave their homes because of inter-communal fighting, drought, or flooding.

With IOM Ethiopia, we have supported more than 48,000 people with emergency shelter, blankets, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water carriers.

Right now we’re deeply concerned about the escalating conflict in in the northern Tigray region, and the possibility of a major humanitarian crisis.

Together with our partner in Ethiopia IOM, we’re preparing supplies of emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items in response to the crisis in Tigray and to try to stem the spread of coronavirus. We’re hoping to support over 3,500 families.


ShelterBox distributes emergency shelter in Burkina Faso in response to conflict

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.

Increased violence through 2019 has continued in 2020, and the situation is not getting any better. Some of the families forced to flee are able to stay with relatives or friends, but many more are in crowded camps or buildings such as schools.

The insecurity and instability make it difficult for aid workers to reach some of the people in need, and coronavirus is making the situation even worse.

Despite the many challenges for humanitarian organisations, including travel restrictions, we are working with our new partner Help to support vulnerable communities.