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, and as climate crisis causes ever-worsening disasters, this work is more urgent than ever. Learn more about where we are currently working.


Gaza urgent appeal

Up to 1.9 million people are displaced across Gaza. That’s 85% of the population with no choice but to shelter in community buildings like schools, makeshift shelters, or out in the open.

There is severe overcrowding and disease is spreading. It’s cold and wet and people don’t have what they need to protect themselves or their families from the harsh winter weather.

Access to water, food and medicine is very difficult. It’s made worse by fuel shortages. Without electricity, people cannot use lights in the dark evenings, keep warm, or cook food. 2.2 million people are at imminent risk of famine.

The number of people who have died since October now exceeds 30,000 people, including more than 10,000 children. This number is rising all the time.



A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco late on Friday, September 8th, 2023, 43 mi south of Marrakesh. Thousands have been killed, and half a million people displaced.

We’re responding in Morocco, supporting thousands of people left homeless by the earthquake. We’re working hard to get tents, thermal blankets, solar lights, and kitchen sets to communities without adequate shelter in mountain villages.



A man stands under heavy rain due to the Storm Daniel, which affected the city of Derna in Libya, in Deir Al Balah, Gaza on September 13, 2023. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

On September 10 2023 Storm Daniel brought flooding to the northeast coast of Libya. The city of Derna was particularly badly affected after two dams burst, releasing a torrent of water.

We’re partnering with ACTED to support people who have lost their homes and belongings to flood water, with a focus on items that will help keep families warm.




Escalating conflict in Sudan is forcing thousands to seek refuge in neighboring Chad. This is on top of the 600,000 mostly Sudanese refugees already living there after fleeing previous conflict.

There are already very few shelter providers and insufficient funds committed to shelter. This is a crisis within a crisis, and there is little funding to support people who need it most.

As violence continues to escalate in Sudan, ShelterBox is exploring whether and emergency response in neighboring Chad is possible to support the growing influx of refugees.


Turkey & Syria - Earthquakes

People in Türkiye and Syria are receiving ShelterBox aid following the powerful earthquakes that killed over 50,000 people and damaged 66,000 buildings.

We have aid in both countries, including essential items such as tents, blankets, mattresses, and winter coats for children, with more on the way.

The items will help people surviving through this ongoing nightmare, protecting them from the winter weather, preventing the spread of disease, and providing some privacy, as they get back on their feet.

Learn more about the response and see how you can support our work.

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Ukraine - Conflict

 We are responding to the Ukraine crisis, helping more than 37,000 people affected by the war in Ukraine so far. We’ve supported people displaced within Ukraine, as well as refugees who crossed the border into Moldova.

With our attention now firmly on supporting people through the bitter winter months, we’ll be reaching around 30,000 more people with essential items to help them survive.

People are living in damaged homes without heating or lighting. That’s why we’re providing thermal clothing, solar lights, water carriers and stoves with our new partner, NNLPD.

We’re also working with Relief Aid and Green Chernobyl to provide emergency shelter repair kits. This will help people fix damaged roofs, seal windows and doors, keep the heat in and make homes watertight.

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Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Around 9.7 million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region.

In Cameroon, we have supported over 18,000 families. We’re now working with our partner Public Concern to provide a range of emergency shelters and durable shelters, depending on people’s needs.


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Pakistan - Flooding

Severe monsoon flooding in Pakistan has left thousands of people with nowhere to live. The disaster has affected more than 33 million people and around 1 million houses have been damaged or destroyed.

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

Aid includes tents, water filters and carriers, mosquito nets, solar lights and cash assistance.

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

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ShelterBox NZ Essential Aid Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa.

1.9 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 providing 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.



Due to drought and violence, hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in Somalia, searching for food, water and health services.

We’re working with the Juba Foundation to provide training and materials for the construction of locally appropriate shelters, as well as supplying essential items such as solar lights, water filters and mosquito nets.

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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. People are facing violent conflict, financial crisis and extreme weather.

We’ve been supporting families affected by the war in Syria since 2012.

Right now, we’re providing essential aid items to get people through the tough winter months. Working with our partners ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation, we’ll be supporting 4,000 families in the Northeast and Northwest with winterisation items such as baby grows, coats, mattresses, tent bases and other essential aid items.

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Yemen - Conflict

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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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.