Families forced to flee in Ethiopia


Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes because of violent conflicts and climate change in Ethiopia.

Inter-community violence in West Guji and Gedeo has uprooted many families, whilst flash flooding and drought in other areas have caused even more people to leave their homes.

The Ethiopian government has been making efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the violence so that people can return home safely and receive the aid they need.

But the challenges were great. Many families were moving back, only to find their homes destroyed, reoccupied or looted.

How have we helped?

With the support of our partner, IOM (the International Organization for Migration), we have provided aid in West Guji, helping more than 3,000 families so far.

Vital aid like tarpaulins, ropes, blankets, water carriers, sleeping mats and kitchen sets can help families in this difficult time.

We’ve also provided training to our partners to help communities make the most of the items they have received and to evaluate how effective our aid as been in meeting their needs.

Our work in Ethiopia is far from over; we’re planning a new project to support over 1,000 more families.

Providing training

Alongside our physical aid items, we have distributed Information, Education and Communication (or IEC) materials.

IEC materials use images to communicate key messages about aid items. Pictures ensure that people who may not be able to read can still benefit from the materials.

In addition to our training sessions, the IEC materials have been used to share important messages about  how to use our tarpaulins, rope, mosquito nets and water carriers.

For example, our tarpaulins can be split along a seam to provide two narrower tarpaulins, and they have black reinforced bands that should be used for fixings.

For water carriers, the IEC encourages people to use wells to collect their drinking water, instead of other more dangerous water sources.

Disasters don't stop

Our work will never stop until we see a world where no family is left without shelter in the face of a devastating natural disaster or conflict.

Have a look at some of the other countries in the world where families received ShelterBox shelter and essential aid.