Rebuilding Communitites


We deliver emergency aid and essentials that 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 emergency 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 tarpaulin 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.

Click here to learn how we deliver aid to communities most in need.

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 help people who have lost everything. They are filled with 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.

Tents


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.

When storms in Fiji caused terrifying destruction, our tents gave families like Diane’s a safe place to sleep until they could start rebuilding their home. Read their story.

ShelterKits


Our ShelterKits contain a selection of materials, including toolkits, ropes, fixings and heavy-duty tarpaulins, that can be used to make emergency shelters, repair damaged buildings and create the foundations for new homes.

We customise 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.

 

Lights


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. 

Find out how solar lights have helped Rohingya families living in one of the largest refugee camps in the world. 

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. 

Read Ahmed’s story to see how our blankets and mattresses are helping families in Syria protect themselves from the bitter cold. 

Clean 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. 

Family meals


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.

MOSQUITO NETS


In countries where insect-borne diseases are common, our mosquito nets are a simple and effective way to keep families safe.

Coated with insecticide, the mosquito nets offer an extra layer of protection by killing insects on and around the net. 

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 programmes, 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.

Experience ShelterBox


Bring the story of ShelterBox to life by inviting a ShelterBox speaker to your event.

Experience our emergency aid for yourself and learn how your support is transforming the lives of families robbed of shelter when disaster strikes.