Providing shelter, supporting recovery

Delivering essential aid to help rebuild communities

We Rebuild Communities

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

All disasters are 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 each family needs.

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 a temporary refuge until they are able to start rebuilding their homes. Our ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools needed to start the repair or rebuilding process.

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 all of the aid and shelters we provide. We talk to the families who use them in the field to evaluate how they performed. We are constantly innovating to deliver quality aid that lasts.

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

-Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator


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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Shelter Kit

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.

Learn More or Donate a Shelter Kit

How Surya’s ShelterKit saved the day

When the devastating earthquake hit Nepal, Surya was almost buried alive. Read her amazing story of survival and recovery.

Our 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.

How a tent made a difference for the Moammar family

When Mohammad lost his home and most of his family from a missile strike in Gaza, ShelterBox provided equipment to help transform his life. Read their story.


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.

How our Lights Helped Families in the Philippines

ShelterBox has distributed solar lights to disaster and conflict displaced families, for years. During a trip to the Philippines to evaluate our response to Tropical Storm Usman, we learned how they contribute to a family’s livelihood.

Cooking Set

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.

Food brought Yolanda’s family together

After the horror of the huayco, a flood of mud and rock that thundered down the mountains, the people of Peru came together over food to help rebuild their communities. Read their story.


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.

Learn More or Donate a Water Filter

Building Materials

Locally sourced building materials made all the difference for Mercedes and Valentin

When Mercedes and Valentin lost their home to a typhoon in the Philippines, ShelterBox provided locally sourced materials that allowed them to rebuild. Read their story.

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.


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

Flooding can lead to vector-borne disease outbreaks like malaria. Mosquito nets can help reduce the risk of infection and help families sleep better at night.

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

Access to Hygiene

We now include Soap and Hand Washing Basins in our aid packages to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This reduces the risk of families sharing items and enables people to wash their hands more regularly, ultimately lowering the risk of infection.

Winterization Kits

What’s the worst thing about cold, winter nights? Can a warm, thick coat make all the difference when temperatures plummet?

Our winterization projects support families with clothing, warm blankets, thick mattresses, and other aid items that families might need to face the freezing cold.

Since different parts of the world can be in different seasons at the same time, we’re constantly working to ensure people stay as warm as possible.

In Syria we are providing warm coats to children and families who will face the freezing temperatures in their temporary shelters.


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.

Make an Impact

Together, we can change lives. Help people who have lost their homes to disaster by providing emergency shelter and essential equipment.

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