ShelterBox's Response in Guatemala
Thank you for helping ShelterBox provide emergency tented shelter and supplies to families after losing their homes and possessions following natural disasters and conflict around the world, allowing them to rebuild their lives with dignity and in safety.
Since last fall, ShelterBox has continued to respond to natural disasters and conflict across the globe. Your support has helped ShelterBox deliver boxes and other emergency supplies to families affected by Superstorm Sandy in the US Northeast, an earthquake in Guatemala, flooding in Uganda, a tropical storm in the Philippines, a cyclone in Fiji, bush fires in Australia and the Syrian crisis in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and subsequent winter storm in the US Northeast, ShelterBox deployed teams to New York and New Jersey. Ensuring vulnerable families were protected from cold weather and had adequate shelter was a priority. ShelterBox provided thousands of warm blankets and other emergency supplies.
ShelterBox Response Team member, Ryan Lampasona, a Florida resident who grew up in Long Island, led the team in New York, which distributed supplies to families door to door and in shelters. Speaking about the recipients, he said, “They were grateful; it almost brought the director [of the shelter] down to his knees crying. It’s tough coming back home to see such devastation in the streets, homes removed from their foundations, people living in the cold.”
With the help of Rotary volunteers and other partners in the area, 6,000 people received emergency supplies such as blankets, hygiene kits and children’s comfort packs.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala about 2,000 kilometers from the capital, Guatemala City in November. The most powerful tremor the Central American country had felt in 40 years, the quake hit the mountainous area near the Mexican border, damaging infrastructure, cutting power and making hundreds of families homeless. A ShelterBox Response Team was assessing the need for emergency shelter when a second 6.1-magnitude quake struck the same area just days later, causing panic amongst communities.
ShelterBox Response Teams identified the most vulnerable people and delivered a total of 50 ShelterBoxes, 88 standard disaster relief tents and 410 midi tents to families in need.
Floods forced at least 15,000 people to leave their homes in northern Uganda, where the deluge has destroyed houses, crops, roads and bridges. ShelterBox worked with the government to distribute shelter to landslide survivors in Bududa—providing in total, 110 boxes, as well as 200 blankets, 200 ground sheets, 100 water containers, cooking and eating utensils and other supplies.
Typhoon Bopha struck northern Palawan with winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 150 kilometers per hour last December. The eye of the storm struck the eastern coast, causing widespread loss of life and destruction in Davao Oriental Province. In Baganga alone, 19,500 families lost their homes and 172 people lost their lives.
Coastal, farming and mining regions have been widely affected. ShelterBoxes continue to be distributed in Compostela valley to enable people to live on their plots of land while rebuilding their homes. To date, 348 boxes and 486 tents have been delivered to families in need.
A ShelterBox Response Team deployed to Fiji following Cyclone Evan, the biggest cyclone to strike the Pacific nation in two decades and left western parts of the main island Viti Levu the hardest hit. The category four storm with winds of over 200 kilometers per hour and heavy rains destroyed homes, caused flash floods and cut power.
Due to the preparedness of the country, the Fiji government was able to bring emergency shelter solutions to displaced families. ShelterBox assisted in needs assessments and distributed ShelterBoxes to the most vulnerable families.
Following bushfires that destroyed 1,300 homes in Australia, residents in the Tasmanian township had to flee their homes. ShelterBox worked with the local government and Tasmania’s State Emergency Service to deliver boxes to those in most need.
ShelterBox has been providing emergency shelter and supplies to families affected by the Syrian crisis in Iraq Kurdistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
In the fall, many displaced families made their way to the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, where ShelterBox delivered aid. In addition to 500 “winterized” ShelterBoxes that include tents with an extra thermal lining, as well as warm hats and gloves as temperatures drop, stoves for heating and cooking and water filters, ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) distributed classroom activity kits, which allowed 800 children to continue their studies while living at the camp.
Today, SRTs continue to deliver emergency shelter and supplies to those who need it most in Lebanon and Jordan.
ShelterBox’s vision is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year.
ShelterBox's Response in Uganda
ShelterBox in the Philippines
ShelterBox in US Northeast after Superstorm Sandy
ShelterBox delivers aid to families in Fiji
ShelterBox in Australia
Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis in Iraq