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.
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.
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.
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.
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)