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 Ukraine. Our aid 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.
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.
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 and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete. We are also planning another project in the country to support even more people.
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.
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.
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. This year, we’ve been 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 complete.
Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes due to violent conflict, rising hunger and economic instability.
One of the most notable armed conflicts has been in Tigray, where 9 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance and 3.6 million people have been displaced. Although a ceasefire has now been agreed, the needs are still great.
In addition to the conflict, people are struggling to meet their basic food and water needs due to extreme drought affecting the Horn of Africa. So far nearly 420,000 people have left their homes because of the drought.
Working with our partner IOM, we’ve been supporting people with emergency shelter, household essentials and hygiene items. In 2021, people received tarpaulins, rope, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water carriers, carry sacks and kitchen sets.
We’re now working on another project with IOM to help 60,000 more people.
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.