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.
This devastating quake has killed nearly 100 people so far. At least 20,000 men, women and children have been left homeless and urgently need shelter.
We’re sending a team of highly-trained volunteers to assess the situation in Indonesia.
Guatemala - Volcano
Guatemala has been left reeling by the most violent volcanic eruption since 1974.
The Fuego volcano has spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas onto hillside villages, killing 69 people so far. More than 3,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, whilst the entire community of El Rodeo is said to be buried.
We are sending a team to work with our contacts and Rotary partners in the country to understand how we can help. We will keep you up to date as soon as we know more.
We will be ready to provide support, if deemed necessary, to help families who’ve lost everything in the most devastating volcanic eruption in the country for 44 years.
Kenya – Flooding
Across Kenya heavy rain and landslides have caused over 320,000 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.
A team is currently on the ground, working with local organizations and Rotary groups to help suffering families.
Bolivia – Flooding
Thousands of families have been left homeless after heavy rain caused severe flooding and landslides, which destroyed homes and livelihoods in Bolivia, at the start of February 2018.
A month’s worth of rain fell in the space of 24 hours, forcing families to flee their homes and seek shelter in community centres or with host communities, and at least six people have died.
We are on the ground meeting with trusted partners, completing needs assessments to see how we can provide families with the tools they need to start rebuilding their homes.
Philippines – Tropical Storms
On 22 December, Tropical storm Tembin brought devastation to the Philippines, arriving just days after Tropical Storm Kai-tak.
The storm triggered mudslides and flooding, resulting in the deaths of more than 200 people, with dozens more still missing. More than 130,000 have been forced from their homes, staying in evacuation centres and with host families.
A ShelterBox response team has been deployed to the country to undertake needs assessments to find out where our help is needed the most.
Bangladesh – Rohingya Crisis
We have a team in Bangladesh working to understand more about the needs of the Rohingya people, more than 600,000 have now been forced across the Myanmar border into Bangladesh and thousands more continue to arrive each week. This is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world.
A majority of the displaced people are currently living in makeshift shelters of bamboo and thin plastic sheets, leaving them exposed to the elements.
ShelterBox aid is arriving in Bangladesh, we will be supporting families with blankets, tarpaulins, solar lights and water carriers. This vital aid allows them to collect clean drinking water, and safely move about in the camps at night.
Caribbean – Hurricane Maria and Irma
In early September, Category 5 Hurricane Irma caused devastation in the Caribbean. Less than two weeks later Hurricane Maria made landfall, bringing with it a new wave of destruction.
We are currently distributing a variety of aid across the Caribbean, so we can tailor our response to best support different communities.
On some islands, like St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and the Dominican Republic, there are enough natural resources available to quickly rebuild homes with the help of a ShelterKit.
In other areas, like the British Virgin Islands and Barbuda, our tents are the best option – creating a warm, safe home while the long clean-up process takes place.
Syria – Ongoing conflict
The conflict in Syria has now entered its seventh year. What started out as a peaceful protest in 2011 has since become one of the most brutal and complex civil wars on the planet.
We’re working with our partners, Hand in Hand for Syria and ReliefAid, to help those affected. The current focus is to provide shelter and aid ahead of colder and stormier weather conditions, and to meet needs throughout the severe winter in this region.
Over the years we have provided a range of shelter aid as well as warm clothing for children and practical items such as kerosene heaters. We’ve already helped 10,000 families so far in 2017 and more aid is currently on its way.