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 July 2022

Ukraine - Conflict


We are responding to the Ukraine crisis. We are working with partners to support people both in Ukraine and those who have fled the country to a neighbouring country like Moldova.

We are working on three projects – two within Ukraine and one to support refugees fleeing the county. 

1. Working with our partner, People in Need, we’re providing thousands of mattresses in Lviv, Ukraine. Our aid has arrived in Lviv and is being distributed to collective centres – places where people are seeking shelter and safety. This will offer people somewhere to sleep and keep warm at night.  

2. We’re working with ReliefAid to provide shelter kits with tools and rope, high thermal blankets, hygiene kits, solar lights, buckets and water carriers to help people survive in buildings damaged by the conflict. 

3. We’ll be supporting refugees in neighbouring countries with high priority items they can carry with them, like hygiene items and cash. 

As on the conflict continues, we expect the needs of people reaching the borders to increase. Resources of some countries are becoming overstretched as more and more people seek safety and refuge.

We are looking at which countries require most support for their humanitarian response and we will try to focus our attention and resource in those places.

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Bangladesh - Flooding


Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods have submerged large parts of northeastern Bangladesh, leaving millions of people stranded or displaced.

We’re sending an assessment team to see if and how we can support people who have been affected.

We’ve worked in Bangladesh many times, most recently in July 2019 when flooding left large swathes of the country underwater. We supported families who had lost their homes with essential aid items to help them rebuild and recover.

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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.

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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 peple 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.

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SYRIA - ONGOING CONFLICT


ShelterBox NZ providing essential aid to families in Syria

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

Working with our partner Bahar, we have recently provided over 3,000 families in the Northeast with tarpaulins and rope to reinforce their tents. Mattresses, carpets, and thermal blankets have helped families to feel safe and stay warm. In addition, we provided baby grows, coats and other clothing to help families keep their children warm during the tough winter months.

We’ve also been working with ReliefAid Organization to support families in the Northwest who have been affected by flooding in early March. Aid distributions are now complete.

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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.

ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT


ShelterBox NZ providing essential aid to families in Ethiopia

In early November 2020, escalating tension between Ethiopia’s federal government and the regional leadership in Tigray erupted into armed conflict.

Formal military operations ceased when the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle was captured by government forces at the end of November 2020.

But millions of people remain at risk from inadequate shelter and continued insecurity. Severe food shortages leave millions in an even more vulnerable situation.

And on top of this, families are also facing the constant threat of coronavirus.

Working with our partner IOM, we’ve been supporting people who fled their homes within Tigray with emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items.

Through our project in 2021, people received tarpaulins, rope, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water carriers, carry sacks and kitchen sets. We’ve also provided washbasins, soap, and water jugs, to help prevent a devastating outbreak of coronavirus.

We’re now working on another project to support more people who need support.

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BURKINA FASO - CONFLICT


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.

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, we have been working with our partner HELP to support vulnerable communities.

Together with our partner, we’ve supported over 4,000 families since 2020, providing tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, soap and buckets.

We’re now working on developing another project to support more families.

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