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Indonesia - Earthquakes and Tsunami

Survivors of the tsunami in Sulawesi

On Friday 28 September, a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Shortly after, a deadly tsunami tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes to rubble. 

Families have been left devastated as they struggle with the catastrophic aftermath. 1,407 people have died and 66,000 homes have been damaged or flattened.

Almost 71,000 people have been displaced and thousands are still searching for lost family members, whilst also enduring landslides and power outages.

A highly-trained response team is on the ground in Indonesia working to help survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The challenges are huge and we can’t give back what was lost, but we're determined to do everything we can to help the families who need us. 

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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.

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Together with our partner IEDA Relief, we’ve provided shelter to over 7,000 families in Cameroon.

Last year we completed our first distribution of hygiene kits for young women and teenagers affected by the crisis. These kits include personal and laundry soap, a bucket and sanitary towels.

We've also worked in the extreme north of Cameroon, where families who have escaped Boko Haram needed our support. During 2017-18, we have provided 1,700 tents, 500 ShelterKits, 1,850 semi-permanent shelters, and 6,600 hygiene kits. Distributions are now complete.

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Recent Boko Haram attacks in Kablewa have led to massive population displacement in Niger. Many families have been forced to find shelter in host communities, spontaneous sites in the bush or in displacement camps.

We’ve been working with Plan International Niger to provide emergency aid to these families. We have provided ShelterKits, mosquito nets, water carriers, ground mats, and kitchen sets to 1,189 families. Distributions are now completed.

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In Chad, we are partnering with the local aid agency ICAHD to support vulnerable families who have been affected by conflict.

So far, we’ve distributed vital aid to nearly 4,000 families. The aid includes blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets.

Distributions are now complete for this project. The final phase provided nearly 2,000 families with tarpaulins, blankets, water carriers, kitchen sets and solar lamps.

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The conflict in Nigeria is now entering its ninth year and the devastating consequences continue to impact structures and the lives of 8.5 million vulnerable people.

We have partnered with ACTED and distributed 765 ShelterKits and other aid items in two camps in North-Eastern Nigeria.  

We are also planning to provide aid to a further 1,130 families in the near future.

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Kenya - Flooding

Woman stands in front of her home that has been damaged by the floods in Kenya

Across Kenya heavy rain and flooding have caused over 300,000 people to leave their homes.

The devastating flooding was caused by intense downpours in the highlands, swelling the rivers as they made their way towards the sea and bursting the banks. 

We are working tirelessly with the Kenya Red Cross to help families who've lost everything. But our effort comes with some unique challenges.

Kenya has a strict plastic ban, so we had to manually remove all plastic from the ShelterKits we're sending to the country.

We're planning to support 2,000 families in total. Distributions are ongoing, and we have provided vital aid to 1,240 families so far.

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Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, and equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic Hurricane, has hit the Philippines.

With winds of around 200 km/h, Mangkhut has forced thousands of people to evacuate. Its high winds and torrential rains have damaged almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao.

Our teams are on the ground in the Philippines, helping families who've lost everything. Distributions have already started, and we've already supported 297 families so far. We aim to support around 1,100 families in total.

We have responded in the Philippines 24 times in total so far - more frequently than any other country. See how we previously responded

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Syria - Ongoing conflict

Syria children

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

We're working with our partners, Hand in Hand for Syria, ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation, to help those affected.

So far, in 2018 we have helped nearly 2,000 families by providing tents, tarpaulins, water carriers and solar lights.

We have recently distributed ShelterKits and other aid to 94 families. In total, we have helped 45,000 families who have been displaced by the war in Syria. 


Ethiopia - Conflict and Flooding

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 last April.

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

Thousands of people in the Oromia region have been forced to flee after these devastating floods. 

With the support of our partner, we have provided aid in the West Guji zone, helping 1,995 families affected by conflict.  

Iraq - After the relief of Mosul

Iraq conflict

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.

With the help of our partners working in Iraq, we provided essential aid and shelter to more than 8,000 families.


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Somaliland - Drought

Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016, leading to the degrading of grazing land and displacement of families, forcing them to move large distances to seek fresh food for their animals.

As the drought continues, we are working closely with our partner ActionAid to ensure that families have safe shelter throughout Somaliland.

So far we have supported 860 families with Project 3, and we aim to support a total of 2,000 families. 



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