Our ShelterKits provide communities with the tools they need to start rebuilding their homes and their lives.


Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Floods. Every year thousands of families see their homes destroyed in a matter of minutes.

In the wake of a disaster, families can use the contents of a shelter kit to make immediate repairs to their damaged homes.

Our shelter kits are proven to work. They have helped families survive in the flood plains of Malawi, displacement camps in the Middle East, and the mountains of Nepal.

We customize the contents of the kit to meet the individual needs of each community we help. Sometimes they include corrugated iron to help make resistant roofing, as well as items like tarpaulin and timber.

We often add a number of other essentials like solar lights, blankets and water containers to help families return to normal life as soon as possible.

What's inside a ShelterKit?

Inside a ShelterKit is a range of simple and rigorously tested tools to repair a home, start a new life and find a way out of the rubble.

  • Tarpaulin: two sheets of heavy-duty tarp can be used to create walls and roofs
  • Rope: this universal essential can make shelters secure and stable
  • Hoe: this tool can prepare the ground and later be used for farming
  • Tie wire: fix tarpaulins or bamboo structures with 500g of wire
  • Tin snips: the snips can be used to cut tie wire or tin roofing plates
  • Handsaw: the saw will enable people to use timber or bamboo if it’s available
  • Roofing nails: we include 500g worth of nails, with washers to seal out the rain
  • Shovel: this can prepare foundations for a shelter or dig drainage ditches
  • Nails: 1kg of timber nails will also secure any repairs
  • Claw hammer: another universal tool for nailing together a home

ShelterKit Training

We provide training in the field to help families understand how to use their new equipment.

In this video, a ShelterBox team works with a local community in Cameroon, training them on how to use our ShelterKits.

These community members will then go on to train other members of their community.

Watch this video to see our aid and specific tips and techniques, like how to secure a tarpaulin.

A Home in Malawi

Modestar outside her new home

Modestar saw her home and livelihood get washed away by Cyclone Idai that wreaked havoc in Malawi in March 2019.

For Modestar, a single mother of two, the road to recovery was not going to be easy.

After moving to a camp where other families were also escaping the flooding, Modestar received tools and essential aid items to help her on the road to recovery.

Just nine days after collecting her shelter kit, she built a new home for her family. Modestar cleverly used some leftover nail hooks to hang up the items from her new kitchen set, helping to make her shelter a home.

Read Modestar’s Story

ShelterKits in Action

Carrying a shelterkit across the camp grounds

Working quickly to distribute materials in the Syrian desert

Young men carrying a full ShelterBox and ShelterKit each

Women holding tarpaulins after flooding, Malawi





Building better homes, Peru

People working together after Hurricane Irma

Building a brand new house starting with the frame

Stocking up supplies in Mozambique following Cyclone Dineo