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.

INDIA - FLOODING


ShelterBox NZ emergency shelter in India

Most Indian states experienced torrential monsoon rains and severe flash flooding from June until October in 2020.

The disaster is affecting vulnerable families who are already in a tough situation. They are still recovering from the deadly effects of Super Cyclone Amphan and trying to protect themselves from the risk of coronavirus.

We’re working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to support communities in two districts of Odisha state.

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.

Distributions are currently underway.

SUDAN - FLOODING


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.

Together with our partner, the United Peace Organisation (UPO), we’ve been working to support communities in the Gadaref region that have been badly affected by the flooding.

We’re providing tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.

Distributions are now complete.

SYRIA - ONGOING CONFLICT


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. We’re currently planning a new project to support even more families in Syria.

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Honduras - Hurricanes Eta and Iota


ShelterBox NZ emergency shelter after Hurricane Eta and Iota

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

Together we’re supporting families with shelter kits, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, blankets, water carriers and water filters, solar lights and other essential items.

Distributions are ongoing.

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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.

ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT AND FLOODING


ShelterBox distributes emergency shelter in Ethiopia in response to conflict

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.

But millions of people remain at risk from food shortages, inadequate shelter and continued insecurity.

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

We are extremely concerned by the emerging humanitarian crisis in Northern Ethiopia. We stand ready to respond, with vital emergency shelter supplies on their way.

BURKINA FASO - CONFLICT


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 these challenges, we are working with our new partner Help to support vulnerable communities. Together, we have supported affected communities in the Centre Nord region in 2020.

Right now, we’re supporting families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, and other essential items, including soap and buckets.

Aid distributions are currently underway.