Where we're working

Discover where we’re supporting communities in the aftermath of disaster and conflict.

Ukraine


Conflict

We are responding to the Ukraine crisis. We are working with partners to support people both in Ukraine and those who have fled the country to a neighbouring country like Moldova.

We are working on three projects – two within Ukraine and one to support refugees fleeing the county. 

1. Working with our partner, People in Need, we’re providing thousands of mattresses in Lviv, Ukraine. Our aid has arrived in Lviv and is being distributed to collective centres – places where people are seeking shelter and safety. This will offer people somewhere to sleep and keep warm at night.  

2. Together with ReliefAid, we are distributing shelter kits with tools and rope, high thermal blankets, hygiene kits, solar lights, buckets and water carriers to help people survive in buildings damaged by the conflict. 

3. We’ll be supporting refugees in neighbouring countries with high priority items they can carry with them, like hygiene items and cash. 

As on the conflict continues, we expect the needs of people reaching the borders to increase. Resources of some countries are becoming overstretched as more and more people seek safety and refuge.

We are looking at which countries require most support for their humanitarian response and we will try to focus our attention and resource in those places.

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The Philippines


Super Typhoon Rai

We have responded in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Rai left half a million people displaced.

The typhoon, known locally as Odette, was the most severe storm to hit the Philippines in 2021. The equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, it caused widespread destruction.

Communities have received emergency shelter and other aid items like solar lights. Distributions were led by ShelterBox Operations Philippines with support from our local Rotary contacts.

With the help of our partner Humanity and Inclusion, we’ve reached over 100,000 people. Aid distributions and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete.

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Mozambique


Conflict

The conflict in northern Mozambique is driving one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises.

Since October 2017, an Islamic extremist group has been launching violent attacks on civilians in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

According to OCHA, the number of people uprooted from their homes increased from 172,000 in April 2020 to over 732,000 people by May 2021. The continued violence has caused a lot of displacement and insecurity in the area.

The situation is chaotic. Every day, more people arrive in neighbouring districts on foot, by boat, or bus, to escape the violence.

With help from our partner CARE Mozambique, we have supported vulnerable communities with shelter kits, thermal blankets, solar lights, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, and mosquito nets.

Aid distributions are now complete and post-distribution monitoring activities are underway. We are also planning another project in the country to support even more people.

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Syria


Conflict

In Syria the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever. 

Working with our partner Bahar, we have recently provided over 3,000 families in the Northeast with tarpaulins and rope to reinforce their tents. Mattresses, carpets, and thermal blankets have helped families to feel safe and stay warm. In addition, we provided baby grows, coats and other clothing to help families keep their children warm during the tough winter months.

We’ve also been working with ReliefAid Organization to support families in the Northwest who have been affected by flooding in early March. Aid distributions are now complete.

About the crisis

Haiti


Earthquake

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in August 2021.

Buildings were flattened and hospitals already under strain from COVID-19 were overwhelmed.

Tropical Storm Grace dumped more than a foot of rain over some of the worst affected areas just days later. ShelterBox sent a team to Haiti shortly after.

Together with our partner Habitat for Humanity Haiti, we have supported families who have lost their homes.

Aid distributions and post-distribution monitoring activities have now concluded.

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Yemen


Conflict

Yemen is currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

It is a result of the bitter civil war, starvation, and a failing economy.

We have partnered with BCHR (Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief) to support vulnerable communities as violence flares up again. Together we are providing tents, tarpaulins, water filters, soap, masks and other household items.

Aid distributions are now complete.

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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 Nigeria, we have supported over 6,000 families since 2018 with help from our partner ACTED. This year, we have been working together to support 1,000 families with a type of shelter known locally as the Bama shelter, and 386 household item kits including sleeping mats, blankets, and kitchen sets.

In Cameroon, we have supported over 20,000 families since 2015. Right now, we’re working with IEDA Relief to support refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country with tents, shelter kits, rope and tarpaulins, and other essential household items. Aid distributions are ongoing.

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Working with our partner ACTED, we supported families like Amgujja's with tarpaulins, and other essential items. She said, “It has really helped the condition of our shelter. We have new tarpaulin to cover our household, which will hopefully keep out the rain during the rainy season.”

Ethiopia


Conflict

In early November 2020, escalating tension between Ethiopia’s federal government and the regional leadership in Tigray erupted into armed conflict.

Formal military operations ceased when the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle was captured by government forces at the end of November 2020.

But millions of people remain at risk from inadequate shelter and continued insecurity. Severe food shortages leave millions in an even more vulnerable situation.

And on top of this, families are also facing the constant threat of coronavirus.

Working with our partner IOM, we’ve been supporting people who fled their homes within Tigray with emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items.

Through our project in 2021, people received tarpaulins, rope, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water carriers, carry sacks and kitchen sets. We’ve also provided washbasins, soap, and water jugs, to help prevent a devastating outbreak of coronavirus.

We’re now working on another project to support more people who need support.

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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, we have been working with our partner HELP to support vulnerable communities.

Together with our partner, we’ve supported over 4,000 families since 2020, providing tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, soap and buckets.

We’re now working on developing another project to support more families.

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