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Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Through no fault of their own and often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival and our mission is to help them.

ShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides emergency shelter and lifesaving equipment following disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
ShelterBox was founded in 2000 on a very simple principle: the right to life and dignity. We asked, "What would a family need to survive if they lost their home?" This question became a quest to provide a compact, universal tool kit to families displaced by disasters. ShelterBox would afford dignity, self-sufficiency and most importantly, human survival in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. 
The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. We recognized that little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. In response, ShelterBox developed a solution to help disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction.

To help them begin to rebuild their lives and communities, we deliver ShelterBoxes, which supply an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value. The donation amount to support each box is $1,000, which includes delivery direct to those who need it. Learn more about supporting a ShelterBox

In some cases, families may need specific aid items rather than a whole ShelterBox. Donations toward the ShelterBox Solution Fund allow us to procure and deliver all types of emergency supplies—depending on the needs of those affected. (Donations toward this fund are not assigned a box number.) Learn more about the ShelterBox Solution Fund.  

Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes and other supplies on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and a global network of volunteers.

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for people who need it most following more than 240 disasters in over 90 countries.

We rely on public donations and could not operate without the generosity of people the world over. Our supporters constantly go the extra mile to help make a difference to the lives of families who survive disasters. We have had fundraisers climb Mount Kilimanjaro, row the Atlantic, cross India in a Tuk Tuk and even cycle 10,000 miles on a tandem. 


ShelterBox USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter, warmth, and dignity to survivors of disaster worldwide.

Our organization is supported by individual US citizens and organizations, including Rotary Clubs, other service & community groups, schools, religious groups, businesses, and small private foundations.

OUR VISION is of a world in which basic emergency needs for survivors of disasters are rapidly met.  
OUR MISSION is to deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide. 

OUR GOAL is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year and with your help we will achieve this goal.


INNOVATION: We are creative in finding effective solutions and are always improving the quality of our work to make sure we deliver the best aid package possible for families affected by disasters. 

SPEED: Our fleetness of foot lets us operate in the dust and debris of a disaster. We act fast and we strive to reach families in the shortest time possible. Our speed is mirrored in our responsiveness to our supporters and partners.

COLLABORATION: Collaboration is key to continued development and the effective delivery of aid. We work collaboratively with local, national and international partners to maximize our impact. We encourage participation in our work especially from the families we help following disasters. 

ACCOUNTABILITY: We are dedicated to delivering a quality aid package that represents value while being accountable to our supporters, partners and to every person who receives support from ShelterBox.

What Can You Do?
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