Relief: Syrian Crisis & Other Disasters

 
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Nov 26, 2014

ShelterBox Deployment Brief - November 2014

Syrian school children
Syrian school children

Thank you for helping ShelterBox provide emergency tented shelter and supplies to families that have lost their homes and possessions following natural disasters or conflict, and allowing them to rebuild their lives with dignity and in safety.

ShelterBox continues to respond to natural disasters and conflict across the globe. Your support has helped ShelterBox deliver boxes and other emergency supplies to Syrian families that continue to flee to neighboring countries as a result of the ongoing conflict and violence in the country, as well as families impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines and the flooding in Paraguay and Niger.

Syrian Crisis

It’s been three years since conflict broke out in Syria. More than 9 million people have been forced from their homes in the war-torn country amidst violence and unremitting fighting. The majority now remain within the borders with no home to go to and no possessions. Over 2.7 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, still seek safety and shelter across neighboring countries.  ShelterBox has sent aid to support more than 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan in some truly challenging situations.

ShelterBox’s most recent provision of aid included 200 tents and 1,200 blankets to displaced Syrian families. ShelterBox has worked with partners to provide tents, shelter repair kits, mosquito nets, water filters and carriers, blankets, groundsheets, SchoolBoxes and solar lamps as the conflict has continued. 

You can still help us shelter families fleeing from conflict.  Your continued support has provided hope, comfort and a sense of normalcy to those who would otherwise be living in fear - thank you.

Philippines

It has been over a year since the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan leaving thousands of people homeless. To date, ShelterBox has distributed aid to help more than 7,200 families in need of shelter and assistance. Residents have begun rebuilding their homes and communities.

Paraguay

In May and June of this year, torrential rains caused flooding in the southwestern region of Paraguay, including in and around the capital Asunción.  More than 200,000 people were affected across six different provinces, leaving 70,000 without homes.  ShelterBox was able to distribute 488 ShelterKits to families in need and are continuing to monitor and evaluate the response.

Niger

Heavy rains and subsequent flooding have affected the Niamey, Tillaberi and Dosso regions.  A shipment of 200 ShelterBoxes has now been distributed in country. Restock has been packed and is currently on its way by sea to the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Accra, one of our prepositioned storage locations.

Other areas of disaster or conflict

ShelterBox continues to respond, monitor and assess disasters and conflict in areas such as Mexico, Iraq and Colombia.  With your support, ShelterBox can continue to provide emergency shelter and aid to survivors of disasters and conflict throughout the world - thank you.

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Sep 9, 2014

ShelterBox Deployment Brief - September 2014

Paraguay Flooding 2014
Paraguay Flooding 2014

Thank you for helping ShelterBox provide emergency tented shelter and supplies to families that have lost their homes and possessions following natural disasters or conflict, and allowing them to rebuild their lives with dignity and in safety.

ShelterBox continues to respond to natural disasters and conflict across the globe. Your support has helped ShelterBox deliver boxes and other emergency supplies to Syrian families that continue to flee to neighboring countries as a result of the ongoing conflict and violence in the country, as well as families impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines and the flooding in Paraguay and Nepal.

Syrian Crisis

It’s been three years since the conflict broke out in Syria. More than 9 million people have been forced from their homes in the war-torn country having been exposed to violence and unremitting fighting. The majority now remain within the borders with no home to go to and no possessions. Over 2.7 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, still seek safety and shelter across neighboring countries.  ShelterBox has sent aid to support more than 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan in some truly challenging situations.

ShelterBox’s most recent provision of aid included 200 tents and 1,200 blankets to displaced Syrian families. ShelterBox has provided tents, shelter repair kits, mosquito nets, water filters and carriers, blankets, groundsheets, SchoolBoxes and solar lamps as the conflict has continued. 

You can still help us shelter families fleeing from conflict.  Your continued support has provided hope, comfort and a sense of normalcy to those who would otherwise be living in fear - thank you.

Philippines

It has been almost a year since the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, with winds of 195 mph, leaving thousands of people homeless. To date, ShelterBox has distributed aid to help more than 7,000 families in need of shelter and assistance. Residents have begun rebuilding their homes and communities.

With your help, ShelterBox response teams continue to work in the country, identifying ongoing needs and assisting with the transition to the recovery phase.

Paraguay

In May and June of this year, torrential rains caused flooding in the southwestern region of Paraguay, including in and around the capital Asunción.  More than 200,000 people were affected across six different provinces, leaving 70,000 without homes in Asunción.  Many are sleeping in makeshift shelters. Similar scenes have also been witnessed in neighboring Brazil and Argentina. Although the rainstorms have subsided, the need for displaced families to be sheltered remains. The team is currently working with partner agencies that will assist in distributing aid.

Nepal

In August, 2014, communities along the Nepal-China border were submerged with rising floodwaters caused by the annual monsoon rains. It is estimated that as many as 19 districts experienced flooding, landslides were reported and fears of cholera have emerged.  ShelterBox response team volunteers are in the area assessing the need and providing assistance.

Other areas of disaster or conflict

ShelterBox continues to monitor and assess disasters and conflict in areas such as the Central Africa Republic, Niger, the Ukraine and Gaza and Israel to determine need as well as ShelterBox’s ability to assist.  With your support, ShelterBox can continue to provide emergency shelter and aid to survivors of disasters and conflict throughout the world - thank you.

ShelterBoxes to Nepal 2014
ShelterBoxes to Nepal 2014
Jun 16, 2014

ShelterBox Deployment Brief - June 2014

SERBIA. June 2014. (Colin Bradbury/ShelterBox)
SERBIA. June 2014. (Colin Bradbury/ShelterBox)

Thank you for helping ShelterBox provide emergency tented shelter and supplies to families that have lost their homes and possessions following natural disasters and conflict around the world, and allowing them to rebuild their lives with dignity and in safety.

ShelterBox continues to respond to natural disasters and conflict across the globe. Your support has helped ShelterBox deliver boxes and other emergency supplies to Syrian families that continue to flee to neighboring countries as a result of the ongoing conflict and violence in the country, as well as families impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines and the flooding in Serbia and Bosnia.

Syrian Crisis

It’s been three years since the conflict broke out in Syria. Over 9 million people have been forced from their homes in the war-torn country having been exposed to violence and unremitting fighting. The majority now remains within the borders with no home to go to and no possessions. Over 2.7 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, still seek safety and shelter across neighboring countries.

The vast majority of fleeing families arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many are injured from continuous bombing and shelling. They have no regular food and no income. Men, women and children are suffering through no fault of their own. They are in desperate need of shelter and other vital supplies. ShelterBox has sent aid to support over 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan in some truly challenging situations.

In Syria we are working with aid agencies who are acting as our partners, delivering essential aid to families fleeing conflict, including emergency shelter, blankets, water filtration equipment and carriers, cooking utensils, mosquito nets and children’s activity packs. ShelterBox continues to work with multiple implementing partners across various hubs to deliver much needed emergency shelter to vulnerable families in need.

Your support has provided hope, comfort and a sense of normalcy to those who would otherwise be living in fear - thank you.

Philippines

In November 2013, the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, with winds of 195mph, leaving thousands of people homeless. To date, ShelterBox has distributed shelter to help over 7,000 families in need of shelter and assistance. Residents have begun rebuilding their homes and communities. Even businesses have reopened using ShelterBox toolkits sourced from prepositioned stock nearby.

With your help, ShelterBox response teams continue to work in the country, identifying ongoing needs and assisting with the transition to the recovery phase.

Serbia and Bosnia

Both areas were overwhelmed with unprecedented torrential rain that caused widespread flooding, forcing thousands of people from their homes.  ShelterBox has sent tents, water filters and carriers, blankets, groundsheets and solar lamps. Mosquito nets have been provided in Serbia and Bosnia to help protect families against the threat of waterborne diseases. 

ShelterBox continues to work with local entities, including Rotary clubs, to deliver this vital aid to the families that need it most. 

Your support provides shelter and supplies that allow these disasters the realization of shelter, warmth and dignity, thank you.

Bolivia

In February, heavy rains caused slow onset flooding across the center and northern parts of the land-locked Latin American country. Thousands of families in the area had no choice but to uproot and leave their homes and belongings behind in search of other shelter. ShelterBox, working with Rotary and Oxfam, delivered emergency shelter and vital supplies to families forced from their homes due to widespread flooding. 

Thanks to supporters like you, hundreds of families in Bolivia now have the shelter and protection needed to assist them in rebuilding and moving towards the future.

Zimbabwe

Flash flooding in early 2014 forced thousands of families in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province from their homes.  Many left with only the possessions they carried.  ShelterBox, working with various partners, provided emergency shelter to the victims of the flooding. 

With your support, these families now have shelter and can begin to rebuild their communities.

Other areas of disaster or conflict

ShelterBox continues to monitor and assess disasters and conflict in areas such as Paraguay, Myanmar and the Central Africa Republic to determine need as well as ShelterBox’s ability to assist.  With your support, ShelterBox can continue to provide emergency shelter and aid to survivors of disasters and conflict throughout the world, thank you.

SERBIA. June 2014. (Colin Bradbury/ShelterBox)
SERBIA. June 2014. (Colin Bradbury/ShelterBox)

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Mar 28, 2014

ShelterBox Deployment Brief - March 2014

Thank you for helping ShelterBox provide emergency tented shelter and supplies to families that have lost their homes and possessions following natural disasters and conflict around the world, and allowing them to rebuild their lives with dignity and in safety.

 

ShelterBox continues to respond to natural disasters and conflict across the globe. Your support has helped ShelterBox deliver boxes and other emergency supplies to Syrian families that continue to flee to neighboring countries as a result of the ongoing conflict and violence in the country, as well as families impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines and the flooding in Bolivia and Zimbabwe.

 

Syrian Crisis

It’s been three years since the conflict broke out in Syria. Over 9 million people have been forced from their homes in the war-torn country having been exposed to violence and unremitting fighting. The majority now remains within the borders with no home to go to and no possessions. Over 2.5 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, still seek safety and shelter across neighboring countries.

The vast majority of fleeing families arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many are injured from continuous bombing and shelling. They have no regular food and no income. Men, women and children are suffering through no fault of their own. They are in desperate need of shelter and other vital supplies. ShelterBox has sent aid to support over 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan in some truly challenging situations.

In Syria we are working with aid agencies who are acting as our partners, delivering essential aid to families fleeing conflict, including emergency shelter, blankets, water filtration equipment and carriers, cooking utensils, mosquito nets and children’s activity packs. ShelterBox continues to work with multiple implementing partners across various hubs to deliver much needed emergency shelter to vulnerable families in need.

Your support has provided hope, comfort and a sense of normalcy to those who would otherwise be living in fear - thank you.

 

Philippines

In November 2013, the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, with winds of 195mph, leaving thousands of people homeless. To date, ShelterBox has distributed shelter to help 6,200 families in need of shelter and assistance.

 

It has been four months since the typhoon made landfall and communities have begun rebuilding their homes. Even businesses have reopened using ShelterBox toolkits sourced from prepositioned stock nearby.

 

With your help, ShelterBox response teams continue to work in the country, identifying ongoing needs and assisting with the transition to the recovery phase.

 

Bolivia

ShelterBox has sent aid from its prepositioned stock in Panama to help flood survivors in Bolivia rebuild their lives following relentless heavy rains and mudslides. Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes across the northwest of the land-locked Latin American country by widespread flooding; many have also lost loved ones.

 

Santa Cruz, Beni, La Paz and Cochabamba are the regions predominantly affected by the extreme weather. People have lost their livelihoods as crops have been damaged and cattle injured. Sixty percent of the roads are spoiled isolating communities from basic services like food, water and fuel. As opposed to sending aid from the ShelterBox headquarters warehouse in the UK, prepositioned ShelterBoxes have been sent from Panama, Central America, enabling the aid to reach the Bolivian communities rapidly and efficiently helping them begin to rebuild their lives.

 

Zimbabwe

ShelterBox is responding to flooding in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province, following unusual heavy rains that have forced over 2,000 families to uproot their homes, taking with them only the few possessions they can carry.

 

The families had been living along the river basin near the partially constructed Tokwe Murkosi dam. Incessant rains, rare during this time of year, created fears that the dam would overflow. Instead, the river caused severe flooding that has damaged thousands of homes positioned along it.

 

ShelterBox, working with partners, will be providing 800 tents to the area to help flood survivors. It has been estimated that a further 60,000 people downstream from the disaster area are reported to be at risk of flooding if the rain persists.

Dec 27, 2013

ShelterBox Update- Deployment Brief Dec. 2013

Filippino mother and son have a place to call home
Filippino mother and son have a place to call home

Thank you for helping ShelterBox provide emergency tented shelter and supplies to families that have lost their homes and possessions following natural disasters and conflict around the world, and allowing them to rebuild their lives with dignity and in safety.

ShelterBox continues to respond to natural disasters and conflict across the globe. Your support has helped ShelterBox deliver boxes and other emergency supplies to families in the Philippines that have lost everything due to Typhoon Haiyan, Syrian families that continue to flee to neighboring countries as a result of the escalating conflict and violence at home country, as well as those affected by widespread flooding in Sudan.


Philippines
The Philippines are hit with typhoons and other tropical storms quite frequently, but none that could ever compare to Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm to every make landfall, which hit the Asian country of islands on November 7, 2013.

Typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc across the coastal islands of the Philippines causing up to 95% damage in some towns and cities. This left communities reeling but also caused widespread infrastructure and communications damage heavily hampering the ability of governments, aid agencies and NGOs to respond swiftly.

Since then, ShelterBox has been busy helping the most vulnerable families by bringing them emergency shelter and other vital aid at the time when they need it the most. Response Teams are now operating across seven islands, many of which are very isolated. ShelterBox’s operational response to Typhoon Haiyan is proving to be one of the most complex and large scale of recent years.

Where We Are Responding:
ShelterBox Response Teams are operating on the Island of Bohol, where a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck in October, damaging buildings and infrastructure and claiming lives across the region. ShelterBox immediately sent a response team to the area. The team was distributing aid on Bohol Island when Typhoon Haiyan struck, and has since completed the distribution of ShelterBox tents to earthquake survivors before travelling to join another response team operating in Manila to help oversee the movement of aid through to Cebu Island.

The logistics of getting aid cleared through airports and harbors is, in itself, a challenge due to the damaged infrastructure and the surge of overseas freight arriving in the Philippines. Experience gained from years of responding to disasters such as the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 has allowed the ShelterBox Operations team to "drip-feed" a constant supply of aid into the Philippines through a variety of different entrance points. This has in turn enabled the Response Teams on the ground in the Philippines to have a continual but manageable flow of aid to distribute amongst the Typhoon affected communities.

On the remote island of Bantayan our response teams have been distributing much needed aid to families who have lost their homes since Typhoon Haiyan hit. The island has a population of 30,000 people and some 27,000 are now feared to be without homes.

With your help, a ShelterBox response team continues to work in the country, identifying unmet needs for emergency shelter and other non-food items.


Syrian Crisis
Some 6.8 million people have been forced from their homes in war-torn Syria, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), having been exposed to violence and unremitting fighting. Many now remain within the borders with no home to go to and no possessions.

There are 1.6 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, seeking safety and shelter across neighboring countries. Many are living in flimsy cramped makeshift shelters. The vast majority of fleeing families arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many are injured from continuous bombing and shelling. They have no regular food and no income. Men, women and children are suffering through no fault of their own. They are in desperate need of emergency shelter and other lifesaving supplies. ShelterBox is responding, committing over $1 million of aid to date.

Since last fall, ShelterBox has been providing humanitarian aid to refugee families living in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, and continue to work with implementing partners to pipeline ShelterBox aid to internally displaced families within Syria's borders.

Today, a response team has returned to Iraqi Kurdistan where they will distribute aid to refugee families living at Krwigorsk camp, like Qadria and her daughters, who fled Damascus after their home was looted and her husband killed.

Despite the triple-digit temperatures endured by thousands living there, Qadria brought with her several blankets, in preparation for the harsh winter months that await. She is one of 15,000 in the camp today, with thousands more coming each day.

Your support has provided hope, comfort and a sense of normalcy to those who would otherwise be living in fear, thank you.


Sudan
As ShelterBox’s disaster relief efforts continue in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, the charity has been helping communities in need in other disaster-affected countries, one being Sudan.

Thousands of families have been left with close to nothing after floods up to seven feet high inundated the Khartoum state of the African country.  Teams continue to work in the country to identify the most vulnerable of these families, such as 22-year-old Manal and her families.

Manal, a widow who had recently graduated from university with a degree in engineering, is now living in a ShelterBox tent in Al-Kriab with her grandma, mother, sister and two brothers. She told me she studied at Cairo but was unemployed as apparently you need to know people to get a job as a female in Sudan. She had still been helping her community rather than doing nothing by volunteering with the Sudanese Red Crescent who had been helping us set up tents there.

Manal’s older brother supported the family but two months before the flooding he had surgery on his spine. At the time, he could no longer walk or move let alone try and work. Their family home was destroyed except two walls that still stood. The tent has given the family a sense of security there as they now have somewhere permanent to rest until they manage to get some money to begin rebuilding. The kitchen has been set up with the two remaining walls and they are growing their own food.

With your support, ShelterBoxes continues to be distributed to those in need of a temporary home. Other lifesaving supplies in these boxes will protect these families from the elements and enable them to focus on rebuilding their homes, and their lives.



ShelterBox’s vision is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year.

Tents distributed in the Philippines
Tents distributed in the Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan destruction
Typhoon Haiyan destruction
ShelterBox continues to send cargo of aid
ShelterBox continues to send cargo of aid

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ShelterBox USA

Lakewood Ranch, FL, United States
http://www.shelterboxusa.org

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Tiffany Stephenson

Director of Communications
Lakewood Ranch, FL United States

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