Empowering Women to Rebuild and Recover

Find out why women are disproportionately affected when disasters strike and meet some of the incredible women we’re helping.

Stand with women after disaster

As women around the world flee violence and face disasters, they are often left homeless and vulnerable.

Women experience higher death rates, increased gender-based violence, economic loss and loss of education. However, women are pivotal in the recovery process – they are often the first responders to a crisis and play a central role in the survival and resilience of families and communities.

Last year we reached thousands of women, delivering emergency shelter and supporting them to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Join us, stand with her, and help empower women around the world. #ShelterHer

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Women and Children account for more than 75% of the refugees and displaced persons globally. (WHO SouthEast Asia)

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Women and Children are up to 14 times more likely to die during a natural disaster than men. (UNDP)


All forms of violence against women increase during disasters and displacement. (UN Women)

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Resilience and Strength

Despite being disproportionately affected by disasters, we are constantly amazed by the incredible strength that women show. Meet some of these strong women who have rebuilt their homes and protected their families in the face of disaster.


Esther holding her youngest while her oldest eats

She is a survivor. She is an entrepreneur. She is a mother.

In 2014, at 17 years old, Esther fled her village in Nigeria with nothing but her clothes on her back when Boko Haram militia attacked her village. They raped and murdered her mother. They murdered her father and three elder brothers and kidnapped her youngest brother.

Esther survived the devastating violence and made it to safety. She is one of 61,000 refugees living in Minawao refugee camp.

She is now married, a mother of two, and owns her own business as a seamstress.

Anytime I see somebody wearing something that I sewed, it makes me happy. I can now take care of some family needs.”

Esther is no longer simply surviving; she’s living and looking forward to a brighter future.



Yolanda and friends holding up 5 plates of food

She is a survivor. She is inventive. She is a community leader. 

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

Then Yolanda received a ShelterKit. 

With the cooking utensils, Yolanda was able to organize a community kitchen to feed 100 people each day. Every day, a new family would take turns cooking meals for the other community members. Yolanda’s kitchen gave hope to those in the midst of disaster and chaos.


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Fatnizar was able to resume her work as a seamstress

She is a mother. She is a seamstress. She is her own boss. 

When a terrifying earthquake and a devastating tsunami hit Sulawesi in Indonesia, it wasn’t just Fatnizar’s home that was destroyed. It was her whole village.

For one whole month, Fatnizar kept a brave face for her children as they slept in a field with 121 other families.

That’s when ShelterBox delivered life-changing tents, water filters and mosquito nets. 

Fatnizar didn’t just gain a place to call home, she gained a workplace so she could return to work as a seamstress.


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Ali and her 4 children in their tent

She is a survivor. She is a caretaker. She is a mother who saved her children. 

When violent conflict reached her village, she left everything behind to take her children to safety. She brought her family to a camp where they could all feel safe.

Then ShelterBox distributed aid to her family. 

She was provided with a tent and other essential items to keep her children safe. Her bravery in the face of danger enabled her and her family to flee conflict and find shelter.


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How ShelterBox supports women in crisis

Atta and kids with water carrier, blanket, and kitchen set

At ShelterBox, we prioritize the most vulnerable families and communities and empower them to rebuild and restart.

By providing women and families with immediate emergency aid we can help them recover faster. Rebuilding their homes, caring for their families, resuming their livelihoods.

Together, we can help families return to normal by providing women with the tools and training they need. Together we can empower women after disaster.

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ShelterBox works with communities affected by disaster and conflict to ensure that no family goes without shelter. We give immediate emergency aid, so that women and their families can start rebuilding their homes and lives for the future. It can be the simplest items that provide a sense of relief. You can stand with women by giving the aid they urgently need.