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 natural 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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Philippines - Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco


Filipino woman wearing a face mask and holding a shelter kit

We are responding in the Philippines after Typhoon Goni caused destruction, landslides and extensive flooding.

The super typhoon was swiftly followed by Typhoon Vamco – the sixth named storm to hit the country in just three weeks.

It moved along a similar path to Goni and pushed response efforts back to zero as house repairs and temporary shelters were again destroyed.

We’re working with Humanity & Inclusion and local agency Simon of Cyrene to support over 5,000 families who have been badly affected by the devastating typhoons.

Distributions are currently ongoing.

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Syria - Ongoing conflict


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

Since December 2019, over 900,000 people have fled the violence in Idlib province. Airstrikes and ground attacks have hounded them into smaller and smaller areas of safety. Even hospitals and displacement camps have been hit.

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 underway. Families are receiving rope, tarpaulins, soap and other household items.

We’re also working with Bahar Organization, hoping to support families in the north-east with tents and other household items.

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Girl stands alone in refugee camp Syria

Honduras - Hurricane Eta and Iota


Hurricane Eta and Iota have left families reeling after they battered Central America in early 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 to help families in Honduras who have lost their homes to hurricane Eta and Iota.

Honduras looks to be the worst affected by Hurricane Eta and Iota, with 3 million people affected and at least 55,000 people staying in emergency shelters.

We have stocks of shelter kits and essential household items prepositioned in Panama, ready to be shipped.

We urgently need to restock so that we are ready for future disasters, but we can’t do this without your 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 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’ve previously provided essential aid to nearly 4,500 families, and we are currently developing a new project to support internally displaced families.

In Cameroon, we have supported over 13,000 families since 2015. Aid distributions for our latest project are now complete with the support of our partner IEDA Relief. Families received tents, shelter kits and other essential aid 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.

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

Right now we’re deeply concerned about the escalating conflict in in the northern Tigray region, and the possibility of a major humanitarian crisis.

Together with our partner in Ethiopia IOM, we’re preparing supplies of emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items in response to the crisis in Tigray and to try to stem the spread of coronavirus.

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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, including travel restrictions, we have been working with our partner Help to support vulnerable communities.

Together with Help, we have supported communities in the Centre Nord region, where it was badly needed.

Earlier this year, heavy rain in the Centre-Nord region triggered floods that have devastated several camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs). High winds have also caused damage to existing shelters.

Distributions and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete. We’ve supported families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, water carriers, sleeping mats, high thermal blankets, mosquito nets and solar lights. We’re also planning a new project to help even more families in need.

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Your support changes lives

Read stories from the families your donations help.

Find out how your support has helped Stephan and Mary in Malawi after Cyclone Idai pushed the community of Mwalija our of their homes, and how Simon in Dominica rebuilt his life after Hurricane Irma.

Recent responses


Our work never stops

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.