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.