Earthquakes and Tsunami in Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia on the world map

On Friday 28 September, a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Shortly after, a deadly tsunami tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes to rubble. 

Families have been left devastated as they struggle with the catastrophic aftermath. Over 2,100 people have died and 200,000 have nowhere to call home, as their homes are destroyed, too badly damaged, or inaccessible.

We have a response team in Jakarta and Palu, working to help survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. 

Our partnership with Rotary International and the committed support of influential Rotary groups in Indonesia is playing a key role in helping us work with the Indonesian government to help families who need our support. 


Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, and equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic Hurricane, hit the Philippines.

With winds of around 200 km/h, Mangkhut has forced thousands of people to evacuate. Its high winds and torrential rains have damaged almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao.

Distributions are completed, with 1,042 families in total receiving vital aid.

We have responded in the Philippines 24 times in total so far – more frequently than any other country. See how we previously responded


Conflict in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, severe flooding and conflict have forced people to leave their homes.

Nearly one million people have been forced to flee because of violent conflicts in the Guji-Gedo zone since last April.

Severe flooding that started last April has also left thousands of families without homes. These rains have continued, triggering recurrent flooding and landslides. 

Thousands of people in the Oromia region have been forced to flee after these devastating floods. 

With the support of our partner, we have provided aid in the West Guji zone, helping 1,995 families affected by conflict.

The latest from Ethiopia


Conflict in Iraq, 2017

On 10 July 2017, the Iraqi government declared that Mosul had finally been liberated after three years of Islamic State control.

However, the humanitarian situation is still dire in Iraq and the need for ShelterBox aid is as prevalent as ever.

People are slowly returning to Mosul, but there is still a huge need for aid in and around the city, and a massive displacement of civilians throughout the whole country.

With the help of our partners working in Iraq, we provided essential aid and shelter to more than 8,000 families.

Ongoing conflict in Syria

Ongoing conflict in Syria

The conflict in Syria is entering its eighth year. What started out as a peaceful protest in 2011 has since become a brutal and complex civil war. In January alone, 270,000 people were displaced.

We’re working with our partners, Hand in Hand for Syria, ReliefAid and Bahar Organisation, to help those affected.

So far, in 2018 we have been providing nearly 2,000 families with shelter, by providing tents, tarpaulins, water carriers and solar lights.

Recently, we provided 17 tents and other aid items to new arrivals. In total, we have helped 45,000 families who have been displaced by the war in Syria.

Drought in Somaliland

Drought in Somaliland

Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016, leading to the degrading of grazing land and displacement of families, forcing them to move large distances to seek fresh food for their animals.

As the drought continues, we are working closely with our partner ActionAid to ensure that families have safe shelter throughout Somaliland.

We’ve supported 1,861 families so far with aid items such as blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, tools kits and solar lights. We are in the process of supporting a further 1,580 families with tarpaulins, ropes and other essential aid items. 


Conflict in Cameroon

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. 

As of February 2018, 10.7 million people in the Lake Chad region are in need of relief assistance. 2.3 million people are estimated to have been displaced and perpetual insecurity continues to drive displacement.


Together with our partner IEDA Relief, we’ve provided shelter to over 7,000 families in Cameroon.

Last year we completed our first distribution of hygiene kits for young women and teenagers affected by the crisis. These kits include personal and laundry soap, a bucket and sanitary towels.

We’re also working in the extreme north of Cameroon, where families who have escaped Boko Haram need our support. We are planning to build 100 emergency shelters to house 487 Cameroonians, which include students and pregnant women whose home communities will not allow them to return. A further 367 emergency tents and ShelterKits are also en-route.


Recent Boko Haram attacks in Kablewa have led to massive population displacement in Niger. Many families have been forced to find shelter in host communities, spontaneous sites in the bush or in displacement camps.

We’ve been working with Plan International Niger to provide emergency aid to these families. We’ve supported nearly 2,000 families so far, and are planning to provide shelter to a further 2,264 families who have been forced to flee their homes by the Boko Haram conflict.

We will begin the distribution of aid very soon.


In Chad, we are partnering with the local aid agency ICAHD to support vulnerable families who have been affected by conflict.

So far, we’ve distributed vital aid to over 2,300 families. The aid includes blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets.

Aid is on its way for phase three of this project with the aim to support an additional 1,950 families.


The conflict in Nigeria is now entering its ninth year and the devastating consequences continue to impact structures and the lives of 8.5 million vulnerable people.

We have partnered with ACTED and distributed 765 765 ShelterKits and non-food items in two camps in North-Eastern Nigeria.


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