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.

N.B. updated January 2022

Philippines - Super Typhoon Rai

Typhoon Rai Emergency Response ShelterBox New Zealand

We are responding in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Rai left half a million people displaced.

The typhoon, known locally as Odette, is the most severe storm to hit the Philippines this year. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, it caused widespread destruction.

Working with Rotary, we have now distributed emergency shelter and other aid items to over 500 families.

More distributions will be taking place over the next month, and we’re hoping to reach 9, 000 families in total.

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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 are partnering with BCHR (Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief) to support vulnerable communities as violence flares up again.

Together we will be providing tents, tarpaulins, water filters, and other household items.

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Haiti - Earthquake

Haiti Earthquake Emergency Aid ShelterBox New Zealand

On Saturday 14 August, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti – damaging or destroying 137, 000 homes, flattening buildings, and placing already-overwhelmed hospitals under more strain.

Just days later, Tropical Storm Grace dumped more than a foot of rain over some of the worst affected areas.

For the first time in more than 18 months, a ShelterBox Response Team was deployed. Together with our partner Habitat for Humanity Haiti, this team is currently supporting families who have lost their homes.

Distributions of essential aid are ongoing. We have also provided training and technical support along with the essential aid items.

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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.

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ShelterBox NZ providing essential aid to families in Syria

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

Together with our partner ReliefAid, we have provided families in Idlib with tarpaulins and rope to reinforce their tents, as well as mattresses, carpets, thermal blankets and kitchen sets.

We have also worked with Bahar Organization to support families in the northeast with tents as well as packed boxes.

Right now, we’re working with our partners again to support even more vulnerable families ahead of the tough winter months. We’re providing tarpaulins and rope, clothing and boots, essential household items, soap and washbasins, and re-usable face masks.

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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.


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 supported people who fled their homes within Tigray with emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items.

We’re now planning another project to support more vulnerable families.

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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 these challenges, we have been working with our new partner Help to support more people with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets and other essential aid items.

Aid distributions are now complete, but we’re working on developing another project to support more families.

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