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Syria - Ongoing conflict

Children in Syria

The conflict in Syria is now in its ninth year. The brutal civil war has caused the displacement of nearly 700,000 people so far.

Right now, we're extremely concerned by an increase in airstrikes in the opposition-held province of Idlib. Working through our partner ReliefAid, we've recently supported families fleeing the unimaginable danger with essential aid. Families have received receive tarpaulins, blankets, mosquito nets, solar lights and other essential aid items.  

Elsewhere, distributions are ongoing through our partners Hand in Hand, Bahar, and Relief Aid. Families are being supported with tents, ShelterKits and other essential aid items.

Working through local partners, we have supported 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. This makes it the largest, most sustained response in our history.

Find out more about the conflict in Syria and how ShelterBox is responding.  

About the crisis


A ShelterBox team has returned from Malawi after Cyclone Idai tore through southern Africa in mid-March. 

We've worked with our partners, Habitat for Humanity, to provide emergency shelter and essential aid to families who lost their homes in the devastating floods.

Nearly 2,000 families have received ShelterKits, water filters, mosquito nets, solar lights, blankets and water carriers. These essential tools and materials will enable families to start rebuilding their lives. 

Find out more about the response and meet some of the families you helped us to support. 

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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 Cameroon, a new project will be supporting families with tents, ShelterKits and other essential aid items.

Learn more about the 'Forgotten Crisis' and see how we're supporting families. 

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PHILIPPINES – Tropical Storm Usman

Tropical Storm Usman left a trail of destruction when it made landfall in December. The storm was the deadliest weather disaster in the Philippines in 2018, following Typhoon Mangkhut in September.

We supported families whose homes and livelihoods were swept away. ShelterKits, blankets, solar lights, water carriers, storage boxes and mosquito nets were all essential items that families needed. Find out more.

We have responded in the Philippines 25 times in total so far - more frequently than any other country. Learn more about our work in the Philippines here.

Somaliland - Drought

Distributions in Somaliland

Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016.

Over the last three years the drought has killed up to 80% of the region’s livestock. This has had a devastating effect for thousands of families who rely on livestock farming, forcing them to flee their homes in search of better grazing land. 

As the drought continues, we are working closely with our partner ActionAid to support families with essential items like tarpaulins and rope. 

We have supported over 3,000 families so far. But our work is far from complete, with our fourth project currently underway.  

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Ethiopia - Conflict and Flooding

During the aid distributions in 2018.

In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since April 2018.

Severe flooding has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides. 

With the support of our partner, we have supported over 3,000 families in total so far.  

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Iraq - After the relief of Mosul

Our partner ACTED during distributions

On 10 July 2017, the Iraqi government declared that Mosul had finally been liberated after three years of Islamic State control. However, the humanitarian situation is still dire in Iraq and the need for ShelterBox aid is as prevalent as ever.

People are slowly returning to Mosul, but there is still a huge need for aid in and around the city, and a massive displacement of civilians throughout the whole country.

We have previously supported over 8,000 families in the country. With the help of our partner in Iraq, we've recently completed distributions in northern Iraq, providing essential aid to over 500 families. 

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Read stories from the families your donations help.

Find out how your support has helped Simon in Dominica rebuild his life after Hurricane Irma, and how it provided invaluable shelter to Yolanda and her community when Peru was hit by sudden flooding.