Shelter is the foundation for life – for survival, stability and dignity. It offers a place to feel safe, stay together and stay healthy, earn a living and plan for the future.   

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and essential household items after disaster. There’s no one size fits all solution. Each disaster and community is different. So, we work flexibly, listening to what’s needed and adapting every time.  

For some situations, family-sized tents are the best solution. They provide shelter until people can start rebuilding. 

In other places, heavy duty tarpaulins, ropes and nails can patch-up damaged buildings.

Essential items like water filters, mosquito nets, and cooking sets help people survive. 

Our teams also offer training on shelter building. This supports people to create robust shelters and maintain them over time. Trained people can then pass on their knowledge on to their community too. 

Our support keeps evolving, and so do we. 


Woman standing in front of a damaged house in Ukraine, part of which is covered in a tarpaulin
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"The tarpaulin is a very valuable thing for us, we plan to cover half the roof over the weekend. There was a crack in the wall, and it was necessary to dismantle the bricks and lay new ones. Yesterday it was raining, so they used the tarpaulin to protect the freshly placed bricks." Angela received a shelter kit after her home was damaged in the Ukraine conflict.

Shelter kits

Shelter kits help people repair homes after damage.

They include a range of tools like nails, a hammer, shovel and ropes. They can also include tarpaulins to make broken roofs or windows wind and rain proof. The kits can also include construction materials like wood or cement.  

Shelter kits can vary a lot in their size and contents. You can see different examples on our virtual gifts page

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A reason to say thank you. Abdul, a father of four, received ShelterBox aid after losing his home to flooding in Pakistan earlier this year. They are joyful to have a roof over their heads.
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Abdul and his family had been sleeping in the open after floods destroyed their home and crops in Pakistan. After receiving a ShelterBox tent they were joyful to have a roof over their heads again


After disaster, durable tents can help make people feel safe and protected.  

Depending on the weather and the place, the types of shelter people need differ. Padded tents that safely accommodate a stove help protect people from freezing temperatures. In other situations, medium-sized tents that fit in small spaces might be preferred. Some tents can last years if needed. This helps people feel at home again.

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Ebrahim and his family can enjoy time together in their new iron net shelter in Yemen
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Ebrahim and his family can enjoy time together in their new iron net shelter in Yemen

Transitional and durable shelter

Sometimes people can be forced from their homes for years at a time. When this happens, we can offer transitional or durable shelters.  

Transitional shelters are for longer term occupation. They offer essential stability if people don’t know when they can return home. They’re often needed in camps or sites where people are a long way from where they lived.  For example, in places like Cameroon and Burkina Faso where people have fled violence.  

Materials include timber, cement, sand and corrugated iron. Recently we have offered durable shelters in Yemen. We also provide training where needed, to ensure shelters are built to last. 

Older lady wearing a red head scarf in Pakistan

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

Essential household items

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Nurgül’s home was destroyed in the earthquake that struck Türkiye. With a tent they received other items, including a solar light that gave comfort when the electricity went out.

Solar lights

Our solar lights can last up to 24 hours on just one charge and can charge up even on overcast days. As well as helping to chase away the dark when the power is down, they can also charge mobile phones. 

They are lightweight, water resistant and easy to carry in any situation. Helping to light the way for work, education, and mealtimes. 

They provide comfort and help people to regain their livelihoods. 


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Woman holding blanket to her face in Paraguay
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Liz found comfort in one of our blankets after her home was flooded in Paraguay

Blankets and bedding

Blankets, mattresses, and groundsheets provide vital warmth and comfort. They help people get the sleep they need.  

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


Woman using a water filter to clean dirty water
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Maïramu using one of our water filters in Cameroon. Before they had the filter she and her children were often sick through drinking dirty water.

Water filters and carriers

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

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

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Biata and her children washing their kitchen set in Mozambique. They lost all their belongings when insurgents attacked their village.

Kitchen sets

When people have lost their homes, they are often left without items that are key to survival. 

Kitchen items like pots and pans, dishes, utensils and cutlery help people to prepare food.



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Falmata protecting her baby with mosquito nets in Cameroon.

Mosquito nets

In places where insect-borne diseases are common, mosquito nets are an effective way of keeping people safe. 

These nets are coated with insecticide. They offer an extra layer of protection by killing insects on the net. 





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Tetiana and Natalia fled to Moldova to escape the war in Ukraine. They only packed a few winter clothes for themselves and their children. Cash assistance from ShelterBox allowed them to buy the clothes they needed.

Cash assistance

Sometimes we also offer cash after disaster when the conditions are right. This can offer people more control over their recovery and helps them get the things they need. 

Tents, tarpaulins and tools are at the heart of our disaster responses. But when it’s clear providing cash will have an even bigger impact on people’s lives, that’s what we’ll do. 

Cash has recently been offered in our responses in Ukraine, Pakistan, and Syria among others.

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See more examples of different aid packages on our virtual gifts page

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Bags of aid arrive at villages in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. When disaster strikes communities in hard to reach places, it's important we can bring the aid in as quickly as possible.

What about the ShelterBox?

We started responding to disasters over 20 years ago. For a long time, we shipped our aid in our iconic green boxes. But today we’ve gone beyond the box, and we no longer use them. There are lots of reasons why.   

Some of the items no longer fit in the boxes. Like our tents, which are bigger, so people have more space and privacy. We also buy items locally, which is better for the environment as it cuts our carbon footprint. Shipping aid on pallets means faster delivery and easier storage – closer to where disasters happen. We love our ShelterBoxes. We know our supporters do too. But it’s better for people and planet for us to focus on efficiency.  

That means, today, we’re not boxing ourselves in.

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