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Whole islands devastated


After suffering the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean was pummelled by Hurricane Maria. The arrival of these Category 5 hurricanes makes this one of the most ferocious hurricane seasons ever recorded.

In the months since the hurricanes hit we delivered aid across six countries, tailoring our response to best support different communities.

Hear more about what happened and how we responded in this video. 

 

Yanira's Story


Yanira received a ShelterKit after Hurricane Irma

Yanira, her husband and their two daughters, live in Santiago in the Dominican Republic.

Their house backs onto a river, which flooded during Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Yanira said: ‘The river flooded through the house. It was at least a metre high. The walls cracked, there is a hole in the floor, which you can see the river through underneath.'

Yanira and her family received a ShelterKit, containing the materials needed to repair damaged structures and create emergency shelter, such as tarpaulins, tools and fixings. They will stay in their new shelter until they find a house further from the river.

I feel better. I feel safer and more comfortable than what we had before.

How we helped


Dominica devastation

In St Kitts and Nevis and the Dominican Republic we supported families to rebuild their homes with the help of a ShelterKit.

Elsewhere in the British Virgin Islands, our tents were the best option - creating a warm safe home while the long clean-up process takes place.

In Dominica and Barbuda we helped families to return home and begin the rebuilding process.

For families in Barbuda, the process took much longer than other areas as the island was almost completely destroyed after the storms.

Take a look and see how we've helped families with their recovery.

See the photos

WHO WE'VE HELPED


We provided aid to over 2,000 families across five islands in the Caribbean. Read their incredible stories of recovery here.

Rebuilding after Hurricane Maria

See how Ella managed to rebuild and improve her family's livelihood after Hurricane Maria.

Recovery in Dominica

How 81-year-old Simon started rebuilding his life with the help of ShelterBox after Hurricane Maria.

Recovery after Hurricane Irma

How our team helped Amy's family start rebuilding after Hurricane Irma destroyed their home.