We are ShelterBox


Everyone deserves a place to call home. It is a human right and the first step towards recovery after disaster.

Shelter is so much more than just a roof. It’s the foundation for life, families and communities. It is a place to feel safe after days or weeks of fear. It offers protection from harsh weather, privacy, and helps to preserve dignity. It’s a space to heal from trauma.

Shelter and other essential items help people protect themselves from diseases like coronavirus and malaria.

Emergency shelter can also prevent communities from scattering. This means people stay connected and build resilience together.

When you don’t have to keep moving or worry about where to sleep at night, you can think about tomorrow. Items like tents, tarpaulins, tools, blankets, mosquito nets, cooking sets and water filters help to meet the most urgent needs, so you can start to earn a living, send children to school and rebuild your home.

Recovery doesn’t happen overnight, but a dry and warm place to sleep, prepare meals and be with your family is the vital first step.


No one without shelter after disaster


We provide shelter, essential items and technical assistance to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people recover and rebuild their homes after disaster. We listen and adapt our support to the needs of each community, working together with those affected by disaster, alongside our supporters and partners.


Building on the solid foundations of the last 22 years, our new 5-year strategy will see ShelterBox become even more focused on the impact emergency shelter can have for people after disaster and conflict.

Take a look at our commitments for the next 5 years and how we are going to do it.

Discover the strategy

Our promise to you

Without you, we wouldn’t be able to help families after disaster. Read our set of standards for how we work and the service you can expect.


Everything we do is shaped by the four humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality.

Our work and actions are bound by these principles to ensure that we are able to reach vulnerable people after disaster or in complex emergencies like wars and other conflicts.

They allow us to find and build partnerships and coordinate with other humanitarian organisations ensuring that we can support as many people as possible.

The principles are based on International Humanitarian Law:

Humanity means human suffering must be addressed wherever it is found, with particular attention given to the most vulnerable, to protect life and health, and ensure respect for others.

Neutrality means humanitarian actors must not take sides in a conflict or other dispute.

Impartiality means humanitarian aid must be provided solely on the basis of need and without discrimination. Humanitarians must not make distinctions based on nationality, race, gender, religious belief, class or political opinions.

Independence means autonomy of humanitarian actions from political, economic, military, or other objectives.


All staff and volunteers who travel with us to disaster areas sign our Code of Conduct.

This sets out our ethical and professional standards. This includes commitments to integrity, truthfulness, dedication, and honesty; to observing local and UK laws; and to not abuse power or influence over others.

It includes the principles above as well as the wider principles in the Code of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

In all humanitarian activities, our staff and volunteers prioritise safety and dignity, work without discrimination, avoid causing harm or taking sides, and promote meaningful access.


Our Aid

We deliver emergency aid and essentials that people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster.

How we work

Our teams can travel by foot, boat, helicopter or tuk-tuk to get to the families who need your support – whatever it takes to get to the people who need us.

Our Impact

Shelter is more than just a roof – it’s a home. It’s the foundation for life, for families, for communities, for peace. Read the powerful stories of people your support has helped here.

Our work in action

Escaping Boko Haram Violence: Fatima’s Story

Born in Nigeria, 37-year-old Fatima now lives in Minawao camp with her two young children Aisha and Burka. She shares her new home with thousands of families who, like her, fled to Cameroon to escape violent attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram. 

How Climate Change Affects People Through Natural Disaster

Climate change poses a significant threat to humanity. It is a threat which can only be tackled with immediate global action.

ShelterBox Australia BOOK CLUB

Introducing ShelterBox Book Club – a unique community membership designed for Australians who share the love of a quality read.

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