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, Cameroon, Somaliland and Ethiopia are 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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Syria - Ongoing conflict


With the arrival of COVID-19 in Syria, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever for families already living in inhumane conditions.

Since December, 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 trusted partners, ReliefAid, we’re providing families 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.

About the crisis

Girl stands alone in refugee camp Syria

Somaliland - Drought


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.

We have been working closely with our partner ActionAid to support families affected by the severe drought, with essential items like tarpaulins and rope. We’re also working with ActionAid to understand how we can reduce the risks of Coronavirus to families and staff during aid distributions.

We have supported over 4,500 families so far, with more aid to be delivered.

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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 Cameroon, we have supported over 7,800 families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. In Nigeria, we have worked our partner ACTED to support internally displaced families.

Due to Coronavirus, we’re working closely with our partners to ensure the safety of affected communities and staff in our work.

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Nigeria

The conflict in Nigeria has been going on since 2009. Find out how we’re helping families to recover.

Cameroon

We’re working in Cameroon, where thousands of families have fled conflict and are now living in Minawao Camp.

ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT AND FLOODING


In Ethiopia, conflict, disease outbreaks, rainfall shortages and flooding, have forced people from their homes.

The UN predicts at least 8 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2020.

With the help of our partner, we have supported over 4,500 families in total so far.

Due to the spread of Coronavirus, the Ethiopian government has closed its borders. However we anticipate that our aid will still be imported and we are closely monitoring the situation in case restrictions on internal movement are introduced.

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Aid distributions in Ethiopia

The Philippines - Typhoon Kammuri


People standing amongst debris

In early December 2019 Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Typhoon Tisoy, hit land four times in the Philippines. Communities were severely affected across Northern Samar.

Coastal communities were hit the most. Beaches were covered in the debris of destroyed homes. Electricity was wiped out, roads were washed away and scores of fishing boats, the main source of livelihoods, were smashed apart.

Working through our Philippines office, we supported over 2,500 families who saw their homes wash out to sea.

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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

Flooding in Bangladesh

Severe monsoon flooding since July 2019 has left families homeless in Bangladesh. Find out more about the situation and how we’ve responded.

Paraguay flooding

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

Cyclone Idai in Malawi

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

The conflict in Iraq

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

Niger

Niger is facing five major crises right now. Find out how we’re responding.