Where we're working

Get the latest updates from the field and discover where we’re supporting communities around the world in the aftermath of disaster and conflict.

Like you, the team here at ShelterBox are concerned about the impact coronavirus is having on our lives and the world around us.

Current travel restrictions are making our work more challenging, however we are committed to providing vulnerable families with a place to call home throughout this coronavirus outbreak.

Our partners in Syria, Ethiopia and beyond have been getting our emergency shelter to people who need it, whilst implementing the social distancing rules.

There is still a massive need for humanitarian support. Coronavirus has made that need even more urgent.

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Sudan - Flooding


Sudan has been affected by the worst flooding in decades.

Heavy rains which started at the end of July intensified during the following months. Severe flooding has taken people’s lives forcing thousands to flee their homes.

In addition, the devastating disaster has destroyed key infrastructure and livelihoods across Sudan – a country that is already struggling with coronavirus.

Together with our partner, the United Peace Organisation (UPO), we’ll support communities in the Gadaref region that have been badly affected by the flooding.

We’ll be working together to provide tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.

Distributions are due to begin soon.

Syria - Ongoing conflict


In Syria where coronavirus is at emergency levels, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever. 

Together with our partner ReliefAid, we have been providing families in Idlib with tarpaulins and rope to reinforce their tents, helping people to keep distance from each other. Mattresses, carpets, thermal blankets and kitchen sets can help to keep families to stay warm and prepare meals – helping them stay as healthy as possible. Aid distributions for our current project are now complete. Families have received rope, tarpaulins, soap and clothing sets.

We have also been working with Bahar Organization to support families in the north-east with tents as well as packed boxes. Distributions for this project are also complete.

About the crisis

Honduras - Hurricane Eta and Iota


Hurricane Eta and Iota have left families reeling after they battered Central America last November.

Initially making landfall as a category 4 hurricane, slow-moving Eta caused extreme damage in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and beyond.

Its heavy rains and resulting flooding and landslides have destroyed homes during a time when families need shelter the most to protect themselves from coronavirus.

Just weeks later, Hurricane Iota followed a similar path.

We are working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Honduras and the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula.

Together we’ll support over 3,000 families with shelter kits, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, blankets, water carriers and water filters, solar lights and other essential items.

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India - Flooding


Most Indian states have experienced torrential monsoon rains and severe flash flooding since June 2020.

It is estimated that more than 17 million people have been affected across the country. The states of Assam, Bihar and Odisha have been hit the hardest.

The disaster is affecting vulnerable families already in a tough situation as they struggle to recover from the deadly effects of Super Cyclone Amphan and protect themselves from the risk of coronavirus.

We’re working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India (HFH India) to support communities in the Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha, who desperately need help.

Families will receive shelter kits including tarpaulins, rope and tool kits, hygiene kits including soap, bucket and face masks, as well as other essential household items.

Distributions are due to begin soon.

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 NigerChad 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 Nigeria, we are working with our partner ACTED to support over 1,500 internally displaced families with shelter kits. Distributions are now complete.

In Cameroon, we have supported nearly 15,000 families since 2015. In 2020, we worked with our partner IEDA Relief to provide families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. Right now, we’re working on a new project with IEDA Relief to support even more refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country. We’ll be providing tents, shelter kits, rope and tarpaulins, and other essential household items.

Due to coronavirus, we have been working closely with our partners to ensure the safety of affected communities and staff in our work.

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ETHIOPIA - Conflict


Millions of people in Ethiopia have been forced to leave their homes because of inter-communal fighting, drought, or flooding.

We are deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis in the northern region of Tigray. The conflict that started in November is reported to have led to critical shortages and many thousands of people are believed to have fled the fighting.

We have some kit in country and more is due to arrive next month. We hope to be able to support families displaced by the fighting in Tigray with this aid.

During past projects with IOM Ethiopia, we have supported more than 48,000 people with emergency shelter, blankets, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water carriers.

Woman wearing a medical mask and washing her hands
"Using the soap I have received during the distribution, we have now started to wash our hands continuously, and also keeping our social distance from the community as much as we can", says Bulutna.

Burkina Faso - Conflict


Burkina Faso is one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa.

Almost 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to extremist violence. Efforts by both government forces and local militias to fight it have uprooted even more communities.

Increased violence through 2019 has continued in 2020, and the situation is not getting any better. Some of the families forced to flee are able to stay with relatives or friends, but many more are in crowded camps or buildings such as schools.

The insecurity and instability make it difficult for aid workers to reach some of the people in need, and coronavirus is making the situation even worse.

Despite the many challenges for humanitarian organisations, we have been working with our partner HELP to support vulnerable communities.

Together with our partner, we have supported affected communities in the Centre Nord region in 2020.

Right now, we’re working again with HELP to support more families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, and other essential items, including soap and buckets.

The aid is currently on its way to the country.

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Recent responses


Our work never stops

Typhoon Goni and Vamco

Super Typhoon Goni is the strongest storm of 2020. Read more about the disaster and how we’re helping

Philippines Typhoon Vongfong (Ambo)

We’ve been supporting disaster-hit families with essential aid to enable them to rebuild their homes and protect from coronavirus

Super Cyclone Amphan

Vulnerable people have fled the cyclone, only to face the deadly risk of coronavirus

Flooding in Tanzania

Flash flooding pushed families out of their homes, see how we’ve helped

Taal Volcano Eruption in the Philippines

We have supported families who lost their homes and have been left vulnerable to coronavirus

Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu

In April 2020, Category 5 Cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu. See how we’re responding.

Flooding in Malawi

Communities in southern Malawi experienced damaging flooding caused by torrential rains. See how we’ve responded.

Historic disaster responses

Since 2000, we have responded to a number of major disasters that shook whole countries and their people. Have a look at some of the most memorable ShelterBox disaster responses.

The 2010 Haiti earthquake

Everything you need to know about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti – what happened, what the effect was, key stats, and how ShelterBox helped.

Typhoon Kammuri in the Philippines

In early December 2019 Typhoon Kammuri, locally known as Tisoy, devastated areas in the Philippines. See how we’ve helped.

Mindanao Philippines earthquakes

A series of powerful earthquakes struck Mindanao island in the Philippines in 2019. See how we’ve responded.

Flooding in Bangladesh

In 2019 severe monsoon flooding left families homeless in Bangladesh. Find out more about the situation and how we responded.

Paraguay flooding

Families in Paraguay’s capital city, Asuncion, were affected by severe flooding. Find out how we’ve helped.

Flooding in Bolivia

In 2018, thousands of families were left homeless in Bolivia after heavy flooding destroyed homes and livelihoods.

Cyclone Idai in Malawi

Find out what happened in Malawi after Cyclone Idai and how we supported families to recover.

Our impact in Somaliland

Find out how we measure our impact in the countries we respond to, and what we found out in Somaliland.

Drought in Somaliland

Severe drought in Somaliland has forced thousands of families to leave their homes in search of basic services and alternative livelihoods in the Horn of Africa.

Tropical Storm Usman

Usman left a trail of destruction when it made landfall in the Philippines in 2018. We have supported families with essential aid items.

Speaking to families in Kenya

Flooding swept away homes and livelihoods in Kenya in 2018, leaving over 290,000 people homeless. We spoke to families we supported, to understand how the aid enabled them to start recovering.

Kenya flooding

Devastating floods in Kenya in 2018 left families without a home. Find out more and how we’ve helped.

Hurricane Irma

In 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Irma caused devastation in the Caribbean, then Hurricane Maria brought a new wave of destruction.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines in September 2018, forcing thousands from their homes. We responded by providing vital aid to families affected the most.

Chad

Half a million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Chad. See how we’ve helped.

The conflict in Iraq

Learn what happened in Iraq, key facts and numbers about the Iraq conflict, and how ShelterBox has responded.