Emergency shelter and tools

Discover the aid items that help communities to rebuild

We deliver the essentials families need to begin rebuilding their lives after disaster. 

Each disaster is different, and so is every community. We don’t believe that one size fits all, so we spend time talking to affected families to make sure we provide the right support at the right time.

For some disaster-hit communities, our family-sized tents are the best solution until they are able to start rebuilding their homes. In other disasters, heavy duty tarpaulins, ropes and nails are needed to create emergency shelter or to patch-up damaged buildings.

Sometimes we provide a small amount of cash to families, alongside essential shelter materials and training, when the conditions are right. Tents, tarpaulins and tools are at the heart of our disaster responses. But when it’s clear providing cash alongside shelter essentials will have an even bigger impact on people’s lives, that’s what we’ll do.

We know that a home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarpaulin and tent pegs. That’s why we also offer other disaster relief items that are essential for survival and can help to turn a shelter into a home.


A ShelterBox tent for emergency shelter

When disaster strikes, families need shelter to feel safe again. When they can’t start rebuilding their homes immediately, durable tents can make them feel safe and protected. 

Depending on the weather and the place, the shelter needs of families differ. That’s why we’re committed to providing families with the best possible solutions that suit their needs.

From padded tents that can safely accommodate a stove, to medium-sized tents that fit in small spaces and ones that can last years if needed, families can feel at home again.

When storms in Fiji caused terrifying destruction, our tents gave families like Diane’s a safe place to sleep until they could start rebuilding their home.

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Shelter kits

We provide shelter kits which include a selection of hardwearing tools and materials that are customised to suit the needs of each community. 

The tools and materials we send provide the essentials families need to start rebuilding homes straight away, ranging from tough tarpaulin and timber to corrugated sheeting and even room dividers.

The versatile tools we provide help with everything from clearing rubble to building shelters and even tending crops. Our tools can also be used to build furniture, cut firewood and make repairs.

After the Nepal earthquakes, families like Surya used our toolkits to start rebuilding their homes and lives.

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Flat lay of the tools and materials in an emergency shelter kit

Solar Lights

Two Luminaid solar lights

Our solar lights can last up to 24 hours on just one charge on the lowest setting.

They are lightweight and waterproof, making them easy to carry in any situation.

Because they are so safe, cheap and easy to use, families use solar lights in different ways – for work, education, family activities, or simply moving around at night.

They are more than just light – they can provide comfort and allow families to regain their livelihoods.

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Your support provides shelter that protects families from burning heat, bitter cold, dangerous animals and disease, and so much more.


Blankets, groundsheets and mattresses not only provide vital warmth, but comfort too when families are recovering from disaster. 

These simple items can be used in a variety of ways, from bedding to room dividers, and help turn a shelter into a home.

Read Ahmed’s story to see how our blankets and mattresses are helping families in Syria protect themselves from the bitter cold.

Grey thermal blanket humanitarian aid

Water filters and carriers

When disasters devastate the landscape and force families far from home, it can be hard to access safe, clean water. 

By providing families with water containers and water filters, safe drinking water becomes one less thing to worry about.

Families like Tshamaya’s in Cameroon have used water filters to produce safe drinking water and eventually stop the stomach aches caused by drinking dirty water.

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Kitchen sets

Family meals help to provide the framework of everyday life.

By providing cooking sets, containing a range of sturdy utensils, families can spend quality time together. They can eat meals that provide normality and nourishment.

Kitchen set humanitarian aid
Helping families spend quality time together

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Mosquito nets

Two Permanent mosquito nets in packaging

In countries where insect-borne diseases are common, our mosquito nets are a simple and effective way to keep families safe.

Coated with insecticide, the mosquito nets offer an extra layer of protection by killing insects on and around the net.

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A ShelterBox

Green ShelterBox containing emergency shelter and essential aid items

The way in which we deliver emergency shelter and support has changed and evolved over the years. It varies with every disaster and often doesn’t involve the box anymore.

However, the box still represents our practical approach and commitment to our mission. It symbolises the opportunity we have, together with our supporters, to the provide essential emergency shelter after disaster and transform lives

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