ShelterBox deliver the essentials families need to begin rebuilding their lives after disaster. 

Each disaster is different, and so is every community. They don’t believe that one size fits all, so they spend time talking to affected families to make sure they provide the right support at the right time.

For some disaster-hit communities, the family-sized tents are the best solution until they are able to start rebuilding their homes. In other disasters, heavy duty tarpaulins, ropes and nails are needed to create emergency shelter or to patch-up damaged buildings.

Sometimes they provide a small amount of cash to families, alongside essential shelter materials and training, when the conditions are right. Tents, tarpaulins and tools are at the heart of the disaster responses. But when it’s clear providing cash alongside shelter essentials will have an even bigger impact on people’s lives, that’s what they’ll do.

They know that a home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarpaulin and tent pegs. That’s why we also offer other disaster relief items that are essential for survival and can help to turn a shelter into a home.


When disaster strikes, families need shelter to feel safe again. When they can’t start rebuilding their homes immediately, durable tents can make them feel safe and protected.

Depending on the weather and the place, the shelter needs of families differ. That’s why ShelterBox committed to providing families with the best possible solutions that suit their needs.

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, families can feel at home again.


They provide shelter kits which include a selection of hardwearing tools and materials that are customised to suit the needs of each community.

The tools and materials we send provide the essentials families need to start rebuilding homes straight away, ranging from tough tarpaulin and timber to corrugated sheeting and even room dividers.

The versatile tools we provide help with everything from clearing rubble to building shelters and even tending crops. Our tools can also be used to build furniture, cut firewood and make repairs.


The solar lights can last up to 24 hours on just one charge on the lowest setting.

They are lightweight and waterproof, making them easy to carry in any situation.

Because they are so safe, cheap and easy to use, families use solar lights in different ways – for work, education, family activities, or simply moving around at night.

They are more than just light – they can provide comfort and allow families to regain their livelihoods.


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.


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 water filters, safe drinking water becomes one less thing to worry about.


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.


The way in which ShelterBox deliver aid to families varies with every disaster, but the ShelterBox is at the heart of what they do.

Packed with many of the aid items above, and more, it represents our practical approach and symbolises the opportunity they have, together with their supporters, to transform lives.

Their sturdy green ShelterBox is an essential part of our aid range, and not just for storage. They have seen families use it as a work bench, a wardrobe, a seat, and even a crib!