Shelter Box Update



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 Syria - Ongoing conflict

At the beginning of October, Turkey launched an offensive in north-eastern Syria. As warplanes bombed parts of the region and tanks arrived at the border, families were left suffering.

We have worked with our trusted partners in Syria to support families caught up in the latest fighting in the northeast. We have provided family-sized tents with winter liners for warmth and five sleeping mats per family.

We have also provided essential winter items, including warm children's clothing, to nearly 2,500 families who will be facing plummeting temperatures this winter.

Working through local partners, we have supported over 50,000 families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq since 2012. This makes it the largest and most sustained response in our 19-year history – but the need is as urgent as ever.

Find out more about the recent offensive in north-eastern Syria and how you can help.

About the crisis

Girl stands alone in refugee camp Syria

The Philippines - Typhoon Kammuri

People standing amongst debris

In early December 2019, Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Typhoon Tisoy, hit land four times in the Philippines. Communities were severely affected across Northern Samar.

Coastal communities were hit the most. Beaches were covered in the debris of destroyed homes. Electricity was wiped out, roads were washed away and scores of fishing boats, the main source of livelihoods, were smashed apart.

Working through our Philippines office, we supported over 2,500 families who saw their homes wash out to sea.


Somaliland - Drought

Nimo - Somaliland
'We used to have so many goats, but they have almost all died and there is no more pasture for those that are left' - Nimo.

Severe drought in Somaliland has affected an estimated 766,000 people since November 2016.

Over the last three years, the drought has killed up to 80% of the region’s livestock. This has devastated thousands of families who rely on livestock farming, forcing them to flee their homes in search of better grazing land.

We have worked closely with our partner ActionAid to provide essential items like tarpaulins and rope to families affected by the severe drought.

We have supported nearly 4,500 families so far, but our work in Somaliland is far from over. We’re already planning the next project with our partners in the country.


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 NigerChad 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 Cameroon, we recently completed a project through our partners that supported over 1,000 families with tents, shelter kits, and other essential aid items. We have worked with our partner ACTED in Nigeria to support internally displaced families.

Learn more about the ‘Forgotten Crisis’ and see how we support families.



The conflict in Nigeria has been going on since 2009. Find out how we’re helping families to recover.


We’re working in Cameroon, where thousands of families have fled conflict and are now living in Minawao Camp.

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