LOMBOK, INDONESIA - EARTHQUAKE
On Sunday 29 July, the island of Lombok in Indonesia was violently struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake.
Less than a week after the initial quake, an even more devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook the island.
A number of aftershocks continue to rock Lombok, spreading terror and panic to local families and tourists. The aftershocks have been felt in neighbouring islands Bali, Jember and Sidoarjo.
A strong 6.2 magnitude aftershock shook the region once again on Thursday 9 August, sparking fresh panic on the island.
The disaster has left over 250 people dead so far. At least 270,000 men, women and children have been left homeless and urgently need shelter.
Flooding and landslides in Kenya
Across Kenya heavy rain and flooding have caused over 300,000 people to leave their homes.
The devastating flooding was caused by intense downpours in the highlands, swelling the rivers as they made their way towards the sea and bursting the banks.
We are working tirelessly with the Kenya Red Cross to help families who’ve lost everything. But our effort comes with some unique challenges.
Kenya has a strict plastic ban, so we had to manually remove all plastic from the ShelterKits we’re sending to the country.
LAKE CHAD BASIN 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.
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 370 ShelterKits have been distributed.
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 2,464 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 nearly 3,500 families. The aid includes blankets, buckets, solar lights, mosquito nets and ground sheets.
Distributions are now complete for this project. The final phase provided1,950 families with tarpaulins, blankets, water carriers, kitchen sets and solar lamps.
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 ShelterKits and other aid items in two camps in North-Eastern Nigeria.
We are also planning to provide aid to a further 1,130 families in the near future.
IRAQ - AFTER THE RELIEF OF MOSUL
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
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.
ETHIOPIA - CONFLICT AND FLOODING
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 2,000 families affected by conflict.
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.
TROPICAL STORMS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Last December, Tropical Storms brought devastation to the Philippines, triggering widespread mudslides and flooding and resulting in the deaths of more than 200 people. 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 15 Rotary Village shelters so far.