The Ukraine Crisis

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a military operation on Ukraine. This latest escalation in military action comes after eight years of ongoing conflict.

24 million people are expected to need humanitarian assistance this year – that’s more than half of Ukraine’s population.

Already, 12 million people have had to flee their homes – over 4 million children are among them.

One in 6 people are internally displaced – with many unable to leave because of damage to infrastructure like transport and roads, lack of resources like money or vehicles, and the danger of the war around them.

ShelterBox is Responding

Over the past 22 years, we have provided emergency shelter and essential aid to more than 2 million people around the globe who have lost their homes due to disaster or conflict.

We are experienced in supporting people who have lost their homes to conflict, and have previously provided aid to Ukraine.

A ShelterBox Response team has been working in Moldova since the onset of the conflict. They are coordinating with authorities, aid agencies, and partners in Poland and Ukraine to distribute emergency shelter and essential aid to help people rebuild, recover, and find hope.

Our Projects

1.We are providing thousands of mattresses to collective centres in Lviv, Ukraine. Working with People in Need, we began distributions in March and the delivery of mattresses is continuing throughout April and into May. Collective centres are places where people are seeking shelter and safety. The mattresses will help people sleep at night and get much needed rest during the day. To date, we have distributed 12,000 mattresses.

2. With the help of our partner, ReliefAid, we’re providing thousands of Shelter Kits and other essential items to help people in Ukraine survive in damaged buildings. These kits contain tarpaulins, tools and rope, thermal blankets, solar lights, buckets and water carriers as well as hygiene items like soap, washing powder and toothpaste. 

3.We are supporting thousands of refugees in Moldova with high priority items they can carry with them. This includes individual hygiene kits with items like toothpaste, soap, and sanitary products. To help people crossing the border to meet their basic needs, we’re also providing cash assistance. We are working with our partner ACTED on this project. To date, we have supported 4,000 individuals.

Looking Ahead

The first phase of our response is nearing its completion.

Winter is now on its way, and freezing temperatures are imminent.

Looking ahead, we will be focusing on supporting people within Ukraine to prepare for the winter months ahead. Our aim is to support 2, 000 households with emergency repair kits (including tarpaulins, batons and fixings to seal doors and windows), as well as winter jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, and solar lights.

This aid has arrived in our warehouse in Kyiv, and we will be prioritising rural and suburban communities where people are still living in damaged houses.

Learn More

Radio New Zealand

Listen to ShelterBox New Zealand’s Board Chaire, Dr Claire Achmad, on Radio NZ.


Radio New Zealand

Listen to ShelterBox Response Team Member, Martin Strutton, on Radio NZ.


Breakfast TV

Watch ShelterBox Response Team Member, Steph Christensen, discuss our response.


You have the power to change lives

A single donation of $40

Could provide a family who is on the move and living without electricty with a set of solar lights

ShelterBox NZ LuminAid solar lights

A single donation of $50

Could enable us to provide a family with water carriers, so that accessing safe drinking water can become one less thing for a family to worry about

A single donation of $75

Could provide a family with warmth and comfort when temperatures fall below freezing at night

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A single donation of $250

Could provide a family with a ShelterKit, containing tarpaulins and tools, to seal damaged buildings

ShelterBox Christmas Gift the Gift of a Fresh Start NZ

Your donation will help provide lifesaving aid for families affected by the Ukraine crisis or other conflicts and disasters around the world.

Eftpos or Direct Deposit

Donations to ShelterBox using Direct Bank Credit can be made at any Bank or online using the details below. Please remember to ‘Reference’ your donation so we know who has made the deposit.

Our Bank:         Westpac Bank

Account Title:   ShelterBox New Zealand Charitable Trust

Account No:      03-1749-0416598-00

Bank Address:  PO Box 44, Te Anau.


Online donations using your Credit Card can be made directly to ShelterBox New Zealand through Givealittle.


Online donations using your Credit Card can be made directly to ShelterBox New Zealand through PayPal.


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A Transformational Impact

We are very grateful for the ShelterKits, we will use it for the remains of what was left of our house, the house was destroyed almost completely, I plan to rebuild my house in the future. I have a wife and three children who left when the war started

– Igor, recipient of ShelterBox aid

When I received help, I felt gratitude for the fact that they care about me. In this aid package were the most necessary things. I use the water carriers, since the water supply does not work. The blankets are very comfortable and high quality

– Oleg, recipient of ShelterBox aid

Thanks to the people who help. You try not to lose heart. Believe that everything will be fine, that you can handle it. I am grateful to these people for their help, for opening their hearts to people and helping

– Tatyana, recipient of ShelterBox aid

Ukrainian receiving help from ShelterBox

It was the most terrible night here. All the building was shaking terribly. When we came out from there, the house was without all windows, nothing was left

Neighbours Olga and Dina have been using ShelterBox aid to repair their homes, and find hope for brighter days.

Read their story