TROPICAL STORM USMAN in the Philippines

Tropical Storm Usman left a trail of destruction when it made landfall last December. The storm was the deadliest weather disaster in the Philippines in 2018, following Typhoon Mangkhut in September.

We have supported families whose homes and livelihoods have been swept away with ShelterKits, blankets, solar lights, water carriers, storage boxes and mosquito nets. Find out more about our aid.

We have responded in the Philippines 25 times in total so far – more frequently than any other country. In 2018 alone we responded to two disasters, Tropical storm Tembin and Typhoon Mangkhut. 


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.

We have previously supported over 8,000 families in the country. With the help of our partner in Iraq, we’ve recently completed distributions in northern Iraq, providing essential aid to over 500 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 feel safe throughout Somaliland.

Project 3 is now completed, with 2,000 families in total receiving ShelterBoxes. 


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 were left devastated as they struggle with the catastrophic aftermath. Over 2,100 people have died and 200,000 had their homes destroyed, too badly damaged, or inaccessible.

With the support of our Rotary partners, we’ve worked with the Indonesian government to help families in remote villages.

We’ve provided tents, water filters and carriers, and mosquito nets to families in remote communities whose homes were destroyed. 



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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