Sanctuary and Security

When life begins after disaster

Families caught up in disaster need the best possible support to allow them to recover and rebuild their lives. 

That’s why we’re committed to listening to what families need and continually improving to offer the best support we can. We’re constantly evaluating our tents ensuring they are suitable for the families we support.

Larger tents allow families to live as comfortably as possible and meet their basic needs – eating together, praying together – simply being together in a private space they can call home.

But we don’t believe that one size fits all. We work hard to understand the impact of each emergency and the need this creates within individual communities. We currently provide five different tents to families affected by disaster, depending on the context and the individual needs.

Our tents offer more than just protection from the weather – for families who’ve lost so much, a tent is nothing short of a temporary home.

Designed for Protection

1. Wind – ShelterBox tents are tested in winds up to 100kmh where, even without guy ropes, they remain sturdy.
2. Rain – The high spec, waterproof outer layer keeps the interior dry, even in driving rains.
3. Stress – Flexible tent poles reduce damage from impact, helping the tent withstand falling and flying debris.
4. Heat – A reflective exterior shields from UV light, while ventilation windows allow the breeze to roll in.
5.Cold – A detachable thermal layer keeps warmth locked in, while the nylon outer stops frost from developing.

Constantly Refined

Families who have lost their homes in disaster or forced to flee conflict deserve the best possible emergency shelter support available. We are committed to doing just that.

That’s why we have added an additional tent to the range of tents we offer, called the Geodesic Family Tent. It has been developed by humanitarian experts including the IFRC, ICRC and UNHCR.

Made to withstand severe conditions, these shelters see roaring winds, beating heat, and freezing conditions.

They are also made of well-proven, durable humanitarian tarpaulin to help make families feel safe and protected from the weather.  The tent is well insulated to keep families cool in hot climates. They will help to keep disaster-hit families as comfortable as possible.

Our tents have the power to transform lives. They’re more than just canvas and pegs – they can become a home. A place where family and friends come together. An anchor in your community. 

We are always looking for the best ways to support families who have lost their homes to disaster. That’s why we adapt and change over time to make sure we keep on providing the best possible support to the families who need it.


When disaster strikes, families need shelter and protection. Depending on the weather and the place, the needs of families differ. 

In Syria, for example, winter temperatures usually plummet below zero. This leaves families in an unimaginable situation if they face the freezing winter without a home.

Our winterization projects support families with clothing, warm blankets, thick mattresses, and other aid items that families might need to face the freezing cold.
They also include tents which are insulated using a winterization kit, so that they can be used in the winter.
These tents can withstand the cold, providing families with warmth and protection during the freezing winter months.

A Sense of Comfort After Disaster

Lino’s Story

Lino lived a peaceful life in Sulawesi with her family. But in September 2018, a powerful earthquake shook the island and their lives.

The family’s home was severely damaged, so they had to abandon it.

They had been staying in a deserted field before they received a ShelterBox tent and other essential aid items. The tent allowed them to move back to where their home once stood and start rebuilding. It gave them a sense of comfort knowing that they were close to where their home used to be.

Lino said: “Now we have the tent, we still feel scared, but we feel happy. We have comfort now”.

Comfortable and Warm Again


Asala lives her with mother and siblings in a displacement camp in Syria. They had to leave their home as it became too dangerous to stay there. She told us:

“Before we got a private tent for us as a family, the life was unbearable, neither me or anyone was able to sleep comfortably or deeply during the night.

Now with our own tent and household items, the situation is better. At least we can feel comfortable and warm at night.

Although it’s a small tent, it’s like a palace for me. What really concerns me now is getting back to school, so I can continue my study. If I didn’t study I won’t be able to work and secure my and my family’s needs in the future, like what my mum did.”

Generation 3 Tent

Fund Cutting Edge Shelter

Our tents have the power to transform lives. They’re more than just canvas and pegs – they can become a home. A place where family and friends come together. An anchor in your community.

This free-standing disaster relief tent is dome-shaped and has the space to accommodate a family.

Each tent contains outer and inner layers; the outer is made of hydrostatic head 3000mm material which is waterproof as well as UV protected and fire resistant.

A detachable thermal liner lies between the outer and inner liner to give extra insulation during winter.

The Generation 3 tent features cleverly-positioned vents and three extra guy ropes to help strengthen it against stress and help prevent tearing.

The ventilation windows have been designed to stop moisture seeping in, and the porch roof is curved to prevent rain collecting.


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