Celebrating 20 Years of ShelterBox

Thank you for an incredible two decades of supporting families after disaster

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2020 marks 20 years of ShelterBox!

That’s 20 years of disaster relief in 97 different countries, supporting families to get back on their feet after hurricanes, earthquakes, conflicts, droughts, cyclones and more.

We’ve changed and grown a lot in that time, but our core focus has remained the same: helping families rebuild after disaster.

Watch this anniversary message from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who has been President of ShelterBox since 2007.

Read on to see how it all began and take a look at what you’ve helped us achieve.

How it all began


In 2000, the idea for ShelterBox was hit upon by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall.

The idea was sparked by watching the news and wanting to do more after seeing that people seemed to be left with nothing after disaster.

Discover how ShelterBox has grown from a group of passionate volunteers wanting to help 8 to 10 families a year, to helping over 1.5 million people.

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Men unloading shelterboxes in India
Boxes being unloaded in India, following the devastating earthquake in Gujarat.

Our defining moments


Join us as we look back at our biggest responses and defining events

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Thank you

We couldn’t do our work without you

Over the last 20 years, it’s your incredible support that has allowed us to support over 1.5 million people.  

Here, our CEO Sanj Srikanthan, shares a message to mark our anniversary.

Test your knowledge!


brother and sister laughing in syriancamp

How good is your ShelterBox trivia?

Did you know we’ve responded to some of the most devastating disasters of the past 20 years?

Take our quiz to test your knowledge and learn more about some of the most memorable responses in our history.  

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In pictures: From 2000 to now

We’ve delved deep into the archives to find some of the best photos from the last 20 years.

Take a look behind the scenes at some of our biggest responses, meet the people who have influenced our work, and see how we are drawing on our experience and expertise to provide the aid that families need.

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