THANK YOU for helping ShelterBox provide shelter, warmth and dignity to survivors of natural and other disasters around the world!
Since August, the weather has continued to wreak havoc on families across the globe. Because of the generosity of our supporters, ShelterBox has been able to deliver shelter and life-saving equipment to survivors of these and other disasters all over the world. Your support has helped ShelterBox deliver more than 8,870 ShelterBoxes since August, following the drought and famine in East Africa, tropical storms and cyclones in the Philippines, flooding throughout Pakistan, Brazil and Thailand, as well as the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that recently hit Turkey.
East Africa (http://shelterboxusa.org/news.php?id=813)
More than 4,500 ShelterBoxes have been delivered throughout Ethiopia and Kenya to families who traveled for days looking for shelter, food and water. SRTs (ShelterBox Response Team members) worked with Save the Children in Ethiopia and worked with the UNHCR (UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and the IOM (International Organization for Migration) in Kenya to ensure the aid was delivered to the families who needed it most. After moving into their new ShelterBox tent, Idra, her mother Osman Dahabo, and her five siblings - Ifran, Ahmed, Ibrahim, Liban and Nahwo were overwhelmed with joy. “It was so nice last night I cried with happiness and went to sleep,” said fourteen year-old Idra.
Following the massive earthquake that struck southeast Turkey on October 23, a ShelterBox Response team is on the ground in the affected area to offer assistance to families in need. SRT members arrived in Van, a city close to the epicenter of the earthquake. The Turkish Government has officially requested international assistance and the team are holding discussions with the authorities and other partners to establish how to get urgently required emergency shelter to those in need.
SRT members in Thailand are working hard to deliver emergency shelter as thousands of people continue to be affected by the widespread floods. According to the Government of Thailand, homes and farmland have been swamped in 26 provinces and the heavy flooding has cut off hundreds of roads. So far, over 250 ShelterBox tents and 1,000 mosquito nets have been distributed to families in need. The tents make a real difference to people who have lost their homes. SRT member, Jennifer Kormendy described the situation for one young mother and her family, “While at the evacuation center, we met a woman with a five-day old baby. The baby was born on the boat as she was evacuated from her flooded home. She is overjoyed to be receiving a ShelterBox to house her young family and to have privacy as she settles in with her new baby.”
Vital ShelterBox aid has been distributed to families in the Philippines where two tropical storms, Typhoon Nesat and Nalgae, struck within four days leaving families stranded by floodwaters and with no homes to return to. The typhoons triggered flash floods, cut power and halted daily activity throughout the country. ShelterBox Response Team member, David Webber added “The typhoons followed exactly the same path, blowing through wood and corrugated iron constructed homes. The storms, and monsoon rains that followed, have struck the poorest of the poor. We are housing those families that have been left with absolutely nothing.”
ShelterBox was one of the first humanitarian organizations to respond to the widespread flooding in Pakistan. Working with the NRSP (National Rural Support Program), UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the WFP (World Food Program), ShelterBox delivered more than 3,200 ShelterBoxes to families in need.
Families in Brazil received relief following flooding and landslides in the South East state of Santa Catarina. An estimated one million people were affected, leaving thousands left homeless after a week of torrential rain that hit 96 cities within the region. The floodwater had reached twelve meters high in some areas, resulting in the largest flood in the region in over 50 years.
Civil unrest in Libya led to an urgent and growing humanitarian crisis where buildings were destroyed, causing many families to flee their homes. ShelterBox formed a partnership with the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development and the Libyan Red Crescent Society to safely deliver 150 ShelterBoxes and 300 tents to the people most in need. In addition, 50 boxes containing classroom equipment were distributed in schools affected by the conflict to ensure that they could reopen in time for the start of the new academic year.
ShelterBox’s vision is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year.