Earthquakes in Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia on the world map

A ShelterBox Response Team is on the ground and working together with local Rotary groups following a chain of devastating earthquakes that brought Lombok to its knees.

So far the quakes are reported to have killed 460 people so far. At least 400,000 men, women and children have been affected by the natural disasters, most of which have been left homeless and in urgent need of shelter.

Pre-positioned aid in Jakarta has started to make its way in-country. So far our Response Team has managed to provide at least 400 households with aid. Our plan is to reach 600 households in total.


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.

We currently have a team in the country to start planning the distribution of aid to support 1,195 families affected by conflict.

Flooding and landslides in Kenya

A photo from the Kenya flooding in 2018

Across Kenya heavy rain and landslides have caused over 300,000 people to leave their homes.

A dam burst in Kenya’s Rift Valley has killed more than 50 people in two villages, half of them children. The reservoir, situated on top of a hill 120 miles from Nairobi, gave way as nearby residents were sitting down to their evening meals. The deluge swept away powerlines, homes and buildings, including a primary school.

It has been reported that 332,000 people have been displaced and 183 are reported to have died.

A team is currently on the ground, working with local organisations and Rotary groups to understand how ShelterBox can help.


Last December, Tropical Storms brought devastation to the Philippines, triggering widespread mudslides and flooding. More than 140,000 were forced from their homes, staying in evacuation centres and with host families.

We have supported nearly 1,000 families with a variety of aid items such as ShelterBoxes, ShelterKits, water carriers and solar lights to support those families that needed our help the most.

Following the response, the Rotary Club of Biliran Island requested materials to support 29 families with more durable semi-permanent shelters. Families will live here for three years before being relocated to permanent accommodation by the government. We’ve helped build 21 Rotary Village shelters so far.


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 1,441 families so far with aid items such as blankets, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, tools kits and solar lights, and are planning to support a further 2,000 families in the coming months.


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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