Our impact in Somaliland

How we measure our impact in the countries and regions we respond to

At ShelterBox, we’re determined to help families affected by natural disaster or conflict.

But our work doesn’t stop once we’ve delivered aid. We make sure that our aid has made a significant impact to the livelihoods of the families we’ve reached. And we do that by conducting post-distribution monitoring in the areas we’ve helped.

What is post-distribution monitoring?


What is post-distribution monitoring?

Put simply, post-distribution monitoring is when a ShelterBox team returns to visit families several days or weeks after aid distributions to gather feedback reports from the families who received our aid.

Why do we need to do it?

We put the people caught up in distress in the centre of everything we do.

This means that it’s not enough that we provide emergency shelter aid, but that we also make sure that the families’ short-term, emergency shelter needs are met.

The feedback we get from families who received aid also helps us influence our future decisions and make improvements with disaster responses. These decisions improve families’ well-being, sustained livelihoods, community resilience for future disasters, and carve the road to self-recovery.

Post-distribution monitoring in Somaliland

Somalia is experiencing the worst drought the country has seen in years, with 2.6 million people forced to leave their homes and 85% of livestock dying off as a result.

Since 2017, we have provided emergency aid to 3,441 families in the region of Somaliland.

Our work in Somaliland

ActionAid, our implementing partner in Somaliland, has carried out post-distribution monitoring on our behalf.

This was held after our second round of distributions in the region, using a sample of 286 people who received our aid.

The aid items we’ve provided in Somaliland throughout this distribution included tarpaulins, tools, ground mats, blankets, water carriers, water filters, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, solar lights and ShelterBoxes.

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Our findings


We believe that the provision of shelter and other emergency aid puts families in a better position for long-term recovery.

The figures below show the research results which relate to our long-term goals.

Rebuilding communities


In total, we have provided support to 3,441 families like Bihi’s in Somaliland.

77-year-old Bihi was living in a camp in Bali Mataan. Bihi was unable to provide food to his family after he’d lost all his livestock to the ruthless drought.

Together with his family he fled his home and arrived at the camp in search of food and safe shelter.

The family were provided with tarpaulin to help shelter them from the severe weather, and other essential aid items including water carriers and filters, mosquito nets, solar lights, and a kitchen set so they can begin to rebuild their lives.

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Somalian man
‘We are very grateful for what we have received. Thank you for this.’ - Bihi

See the place we are living, we do not have a proper shelter. So this is very useful and it suits us. We are very grateful for what we have received. Thank you for this.

Bihi, Somaliland

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 devastating conflict.

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

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