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

ShelterBoxes


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.

ShelterKits


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.

Tents


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.

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.

Light


Our solar lights can last up to 16-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.

Warmth


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.

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.

Protection


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.

Food


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.

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.

Education


When natural disasters destroy buildings and families flee conflict, children’s education often gets interrupted.

Our SchoolBoxes contain all the supplies a teacher needs to deliver lessons, wherever there is space to learn.

The clever wind-up radio allows teachers to tune in to educational programs, while chalk and paint create a blackboard on any flat surface.

Individual activity packs mean that children have something of their own and the resources to express their feelings – at a time when their whole world has been turned upside down.

Please note: We do not fundraise separately for the SchoolBoxes. These are only sent out as part of an overall aid consignment and are paid for through general funds. Our mission is delivering humanitarian aid and we only send these boxes where we have heard a school or several schools have been destroyed because it’s the right thing to do.