Posted on Oct 04, 2018


Leaving no family without shelter
On Friday 28 September, the people of Sulawesi looked on in horror as giant waves crashed onto their shores.
First the island was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Then a tsunami tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes to rubble. 
Families have been left devastated as they struggle with the catastrophic aftermath. Thousands are still searching for lost family members, whilst also enduring landslides and power outages.
The disaster has caused the displacement of around 42,000 people and the death of over 1,500, and these numbers are expected to rise.
We’re sending a response team to understand how we can help Sulawesi families who have lost everything. But our resources are limited after an unprecedented stream of disasters this year.
Right now, our teams are stretched across the globe, responding to natural disasters in the Philippines and Kenya, as well as operating in SyriaIraq, the Lake Chad Basin and Somalia.
We rely on our incredible supporters to fund our vital work providing shelter in times of disaster. We’re impatient to respond – wherever we’re needed in the world – but we need your help.
So, How Can You Help?
Any donation you are able to give will help families who have been affected by natural disasters and conflict.
For families who have lost everything and have experienced terrifying disasters, your gift of shelter and supplies provides hope and the ability to start rebuilding.
Thank you so much for your continued support, and for believing that no family should be left without shelter.
Gabriela Hrutkaiova
Fundraising Manager
ShelterBox New Zealand



Sulawesi is one of the main islands in Indonesia. It sits between Borneo and the Maluku islands. It’s known for its coral reefs and beautiful dive sites.
The island of Lombok, where we’re responding to a series of earthquakes that hit in August, is situated to the east of Bali on the other side of the Lombok Strait. The capital, and largest city on the island, is Mataram. 
Both Sulawesi and are Lombok are popular tourist destinations. But whilst tourists are able to evacuate, thousands of local families have nothing left and are in urgent need of shelter.




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