SYRIA - ONGOING CONFLICT
With the arrival of COVID-19 in Syria, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever for families already living in inhumane conditions.
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.
INDIA - CYCLONE AMPHAN
In mid-May, Cyclone Amphan tore through coastal regions of Bangladesh and north-east India. It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the River Ganges Delta since 1999.
In India alone, 1.7 million homes were destroyed.
Emergency shelter is likely to be needed for many months, as people struggle to rebuild lost livelihoods and find reliable food sources.
And with coronavirus cases in India continuing to increase, it has never been more vital for families to have the space to self-isolate and avoid sharing items like cooking sets.
We have been working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to support 1,400 families in the Sundarban Islands, one of the areas worst hit by Amphan.
Distributions are now complete. Families have received shelter kits to enable them to repair or replace damaged and destroyed homes. We have also provided blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen sets and hygiene kits with soap, buckets and face masks. These everyday items will help people keep themselves safe from coronavirus and begin to think about the future.
LAKE CHAD BASIN - THE FORGOTTEN CRISIS
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 tents, shelter 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.
PHILIPPINES - TYPHOON VONGFONG (AMBO)
Category 3 Typhoon Vongfong (local name Ambo) made landfall in May in Eastern Samar, Philippines. Torrential rains brought devastating damage, affecting nearly half a million people.
Together with our partner Terres des Hommes (TdH), we have provided essential aid to families who have seen their homes destroyed by the powerful typhoon. Distributions of aid and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete.
Families, some of them staying in evacuation centres or with relatives, have received tarpaulins, rope, and other household aid items. The emergency aid enables people to rebuild their homes and provide a private space to protect themselves from the threat of coronavirus.
We’ve adopted coronavirus mitigations to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the distributions. These include physical distancing, handwashing, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
VANUATU - CYCLONE HAROLD
On April 6, Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu as a Category 5 cyclone, bringing devastation to communities in the north.
The provinces of Sanma, Malampa, Torba and Penama were most affected. The Cyclone destroyed houses, damaged food crops and infrastructure, and caused massive power outages.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, access to the country is extremely difficult. Despite the challenges, we have managed to provide much-needed aid to families who needed it the most.
Through our partner CARE Vanuatu, we have provided tarpaulins and rope, solar lights and kitchen sets. Aid distributions, as well as post-distribution monitoring, are now complete.
ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT AND FLOODING
In Ethiopia, conflict, disease outbreaks, rainfall shortages and flooding, have forced people from their homes.
The UN predicts at least 8 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2020.
Our latest project has been supporting the coronavirus country response as well as the emergency shelter displacement needs. Distributions of aid and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete.
With the help of our partner, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), we have supported 3,500 families in total since May.
Coronavirus mitigations were put in place for distributions, such as only allowing a maximum of 50 people per distribution, to ensure physical distancing was being followed.
BURKINA FASO - 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.
TANZANIA - FLOODING
Torrential rain has caused flash flooding across the south-east regions of Tanzania.
Thousands of families have seen their homes severely damaged or completely washed away.
People were forced to move to resettlement camps on higher ground and are in urgent need of emergency shelter.
Together with our partner, Tanzania Red Cross Society, we have supported families in Tanzania with shelter kits and solar lights. These will help people to build sturdy homes so they can start to rebuild their lives and recover from this disaster.
The aid will also help families follow social distancing guidelines and protect themselves from coronavirus if needed.