Kenya 2011: ShelterBox provided seven thousand tents to the region following the worst drought in 60 years. One section of Ifo, the largest refugee camp in the world, was filled almost exclusively with ShelterBox tents.
Every year hundreds and thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Through no fault of their own and often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival and our mission is to help them.
We provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most.
Since our inception in 2000, we have responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid to families in need on every continent.
From the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, we have responded to some of the largest disasters the modern world has ever known. Alongside this, we have also helped many thousands of people affected by disasters that you do not see in the media. Simply put, if there is an unmet need for emergency shelter, we will do everything we can to meet it.
The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective. We deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, solar lamps, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
We pride ourselves on our ability to respond instantly to disasters and to do this we rely on a global network of volunteers. ShelterBoxes are delivered by highly trained, volunteer ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members. These men and women, from all walks of life, give their time freely to help make the difference to the lives of others. Their passion, dedication and belief allow us to bring hope to countless families in need every year.
We rely on public donations and could not operate without the generosity of people the world over. Our supporters constantly go the extra mile to help make a difference to the lives of families who survive disasters. We have had fundraisers climb Mount Kilimanjaro, row the Atlantic, cross India in a Tuk Tuk and even cycle 10,000 miles on a tandem. Every box we send out bears its own unique number so our donors can see where the box they have sponsored has gone.
We are now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and our work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies. If there is one thing we have learnt, it is that the next disaster is just around the corner. We need to ensure we are always ready to respond, no matter the disaster, no matter the location. With your help, we will be ready.
is of a world where everyone affected by disaster has access to the shelter and basic equipment they need to survive and live in dignity and safety.
is to deliver humanitarian aid in the form of equipment and materials that provide shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural or manmade disasters worldwide.
is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year and with your help we will achieve this goal.
We are creative in finding effective solutions and are always improving the quality of our work to make sure we deliver the best aid package possible for families affected by disasters.
Our fleetness of foot lets us operate in the dust and debris of a disaster. We act fast and we strive to reach families in the shortest time possible. Our speed is mirrored in our responsiveness to our supporters and partners.
Collaboration is key to continued development and the effective delivery of aid. We work collaboratively with local, national and international partners to maximize our impact. We encourage participation in our work especially from the families we help following disasters.
We are dedicated to delivering a quality aid package that represents value for money while being accountable to our supporters, partners and to every person who receives support from ShelterBox.