Severe drought has affected around 766,000 people since November 2016. Many are pastoralists and have lost up to 70% of their herds. The drought and lack of food have heightened the risk of disease and illness, whilst flash rainstorms are further exacerbating the danger.
Our in-country partner Action Aid, has successfully distributed 441 ShelterBoxes to families across three areas. These ShelterBoxes have been adapted to meet the specific needs of nomadic communities - the tent has been removed and replaced with two tarpaulins to waterproof existing shelters.
A team has recently returned after meeting families to see how their lives have started to improve since receiving ShelterBox support. Once our evaluations are complete a second and larger shipment of aid will take place.
All the essential items within these ShelterBoxes are portable, vital for families in temporary camps so they can take them with them when they move on.
Update from the field
We are working closely with ActionAid to ensure that families have safe shelter throughout Somaliland, supporting them with ShelterKits, including tarpaulins and kitchen sets.
The water filters are proving essential in combatting disease, as dwindling water sources are becoming contaminated and some parts of Somaliland are in the grip of a cholera epidemic.
Watch the latest update from the field here.
The last time we were in Somaliland was in 2009, when we were helping people displaced by conflict.
Nine years on, as our team were travelling down a bumpy, dusty desert road, they came upon a lone tent with a ShelterBox and Rotary International logo on it.
The owner of the tent, Muna Mohammed now uses the tent as a café. Muna, aged 21, has made good use of the original tent, weaving it together with other material to form a traditional Somali house. This is a new method of up-cycling we haven't seen before, and it's great to see such adaptability and resilience.
Muna proudly told the team her tea is the best in Somaliland, she has called the café Prosperity.