Providing shelter, supporting recovery

Tailoring support to help rebuild communities

Rebuilding Communitites

We deliver the essential aid people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.

Each disaster is different, and so is every community. We don’t believe that one size fits all, so we make considered assessments to provide the exact support that gives people the hope and the power to transform their own lives.

The aid we supply comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits. Our sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. Our ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away.

That’s not all. We know that a home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarps and tent pegs. Our kits and boxes contain the items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children.

We test and evaluate all of the aid we provide by talking to, and learning from, the families who use it. This fuels us to be innovative and to continue evolving.

Creating a home is a process that takes time and we support families to continue on that journey.

Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator


Old ShelterBox with rotary logo

Our sturdy green ShelterBoxes are designed to hold practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.

Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma.

The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.

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Our ShelterKits are custom packed with vital hardware including toolkits, ropes, fasteners and heavy-duty tarps that can be used to build a shelter, repair damaged buildings and begin to rebuild a home.

We customize these kits to suit the location and the needs of each community. Sometimes they include corrugated iron to help make resilient roofing, or even room dividers and mattresses to make warehouses habitable – whatever it takes to help people recover from disaster.

Our ShelterKits don’t just include tools and materials. Depending on the situation, we often add a mixture of other essentials, such as solar lights, mattresses and water containers to help people return to normality as soon as possible.

Shelter Kit Info


ShelterBox USA Family Relief Tent SM

We test and evaluate all of the aid we provide by talking to, and learning from, the families who use it. This fuels us to be innovative and to continue evolving.


When families can’t start rebuilding their homes immediately, we supply large, sturdy tents that can withstand extreme weather conditions and temperatures.

Like us, our range of aid is adaptable. We don’t just supply one type of tent, but a variety. 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, we’ve got it covered.

Our Tents


Our solar lights can last up to 24-hours on just one charge. They are lightweight and can float in water, making them easy to carry in any situation.

Solar lights not only illuminate dark and dangerous paths, but they enable families to cook meals and children to finish their homework when it gets dark. They help create safe environments where people can pick up their daily routine.

LuminAid Solar Lights

ShelterBox - LuminAid Solar Light Diagram showing 24 hour battery, handles, and solar panels


Families often don’t have access to clean water, so water filters and carriers can allow them to produce clean water.

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 purification equipment, safe drinking water becomes one less thing to worry about.

Water Filters and Carriers


Mosquito Net

After disaster strikes, the spread of disease can be a major concern.

A mosquito net offers protection against insects and the diseases they may carry.

Examples include: malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, zika virus and the West Nile virus.

Learn about Mosquito Nets


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.

Building Materials

Our ShelterKits are built around a selection of hard-wearing tools and materials that are customized 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 tarps and timber to corrugated sheeting and even room dividers.

The versatile tools we provide can help with everything from clearing rubble to building shelters and even tending crops.

We also provide small toolkits inside our ShelterBoxes, which can be used to build furniture, cut firewood and make repairs.

School Pack

School bag + contents

Something for the kids.

A children’s school pack contains drawing books, crayons, math sets and other supplies. For children who have lost most if not all their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.


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.


See how ShelterBox aid is delivered