Like you, the team here at ShelterBox is concerned about the impact Coronavirus is having on our lives and the world around us.
Current travel restrictions are making our work more challenging, however we are committed to providing vulnerable families with a place to call home throughout this Coronavirus outbreak.
Our partners in Syria, Cameroon, Somaliland and Ethiopia are getting our emergency shelter to people who need it, whilst implementing the social distancing rules.
There is still a massive need for humanitarian support. Coronavirus has made that need even more urgent.
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Syria - ongoing conflict
In Syria where coronavirus is at emergency levels, the need for humanitarian support is greater than ever.
Together with our trusted partners, ReliefAid, we have recently provided families in Idlib with tarpaulins and rope to reinforce their tents, helping people to keep distance from each other. Mattresses, carpets, thermal blankets and kitchen sets can help to keep families to stay warm and prepare meals – helping them stay as healthy as possible. We have also provided soap and clothing sets.
We have also worked with Bahar Organization to support families in the north-east with tents as well as packed boxes.
We’ve also been working to support families who have been affected by flooding in Idlib. Aid distributions are now complete.
SUDAN - FLOODING
Sudan has been affected by the worst flooding in decades.
Heavy rains which started at the end of July intensified during the following months. Severe flooding has taken people’s lives forcing thousands to flee their homes.
In addition, the devastating disaster has destroyed key infrastructure and livelihoods across Sudan – a country that is already struggling with coronavirus.
Together with our partner, the United Peace Organisation (UPO), we’ve been working to support communities in the Gadaref region that have been badly affected by the flooding.
We’re providing tarpaulins and other essential household items like kitchen sets, sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets and water carriers.
Distributions are now complete.
HONDURAS - HURRICANE ETA AND IOTA
Hurricane Eta and Iota left families reeling after they battered Central America last November.
Heavy rains and resulting flooding and landslides have destroyed homes during a time when families need shelter the most to protect themselves from coronavirus.
We are working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Honduras and the Rotary Club of San Pedro Sula.
Together we’re supporting families with shelter kits, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, blankets, water carriers and water filters, solar lights and other essential items.
Aid distributions are ongoing.
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 been working with our partner ACTED to support nearly 2,000 internally displaced families with shelter kits. Distributions are now complete.
In Cameroon, we have supported nearly 15,000 families since 2015. In 2020, we worked with our partner IEDA Relief to provide families with tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. Right now, we’re working on a new project with IEDA Relief to support even more refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country. We’ll be providing tents, shelter kits, rope and tarpaulins, and other essential household items.
Due to coronavirus, we have been working closely with our partners to ensure the safety of affected communities and staff in our work.
ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT
In early November 2020, escalating tension between Ethiopia’s federal government and the regional leadership in Tigray erupted into armed conflict.
Formal military operations ceased when the Tigrayan capital of Mekelle was captured by government forces at the end of November.
But millions of people remain at risk from food shortages, inadequate shelter and continued insecurity.
On top of this, families are also facing the constant threat of coronavirus.
We are extremely concerned by the emerging humanitarian crisis in Northern Ethiopia. We stand ready to respond, with vital emergency shelter supplies on their way.
BURKINA FASO - CONFLICT
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, including travel restrictions, we are working with our new partner Help to support vulnerable communities.
Unfortunately, our initial project has been delayed until August. However, with our aid already being in the country, we have agreed with our partner to redirect the aid to another area, the Centre Nord region, where is it badly needed.
Heavy rain in the Centre-Nord region has triggered floods that have devastated several camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs). High winds have also caused damage to existing shelters.
Distributions and post-distribution monitoring activities are now complete. We’ve supported families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, water carriers, sleeping mats, high thermal blankets, mosquito nets and solar lights.
INDIA - FLOODING
Most Indian states experienced torrential monsoon rains and severe flash flooding from June until October in 2020.
The disaster has affected vulnerable families who were already in a tough situation, still recovering from the deadly effects of Super Cyclone Amphan and trying to protect themselves from the risk of coronavirus.
We’re working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to support communities in two districts of Odisha state.
Families have received shelter kits including tarpaulins, rope and tool kits, hygiene kits including soap, bucket and face masks, as well as other essential household items.
Aid distributions are now complete.