Stories of impact after disaster

Every family has a story; see how your support transforms lives after disaster

You help create strong foundations

Shelter is more than just a roof – it’s a home. It’s the foundation for life, for families, for communities, for peace.

When disasters and conflicts rob people of their homes, we can’t wave a magic wand to replace what was lost, but we can provide people with the tools to start the process of their own recovery.

Using our shelter kits and tarpaulins, families can create a home after disaster. Our blankets, solar lights, cooking sets and mats offer a sense of comfort and relief, giving people space to heal from physical and emotional trauma.

Your support provides shelter that protects families from burning heat, bitter cold, dangerous animals and disease, and so much more. In these trying times, shelter creates a space where families can isolate away from others and reduce the risk of coronavirus.

Read the powerful stories of people your support has helped below.

Why support ShelterBox?

With over 20 years of experience, we are experts in emergency shelter after disaster. We often work in places that others don’t, making sure that we reach families who need support to take the next step in resuming their livelihoods.

From Cameroon to Syria, all the way to the Philippines and the Caribbean, we have provided shelter to over 1.5 million people so far. And in these uncertain times, your support is more valuable than ever.

Despite the challenges, we are working nonstop as part of the global effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Thanks to your incredible support and the help of our partners worldwide, we provided shelter to 200,000 people in 2020.

We won’t stop until we see a world where no family goes without shelter after disaster. Will you help us?

Read more about your impact in 2020.


Starting again after the Haiti earthquake

Marcel's story

Read how Marcel’s life was interrupted by the Haiti earthquake and how ShelterBox supported him.

Surviving 2020's worst hurricane

Maryuri's story

Read how Maryuri from Honduras managed to rebuild after Hurricanes Eta and Iota.

Running away from Boko Haram

Esther's story

Esther was forced to flee several times because of Boko Haram violence, before reaching Minawao camp. Read her story of survival.

Surviving the conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia

Shewit's story

When violence broke in her village in Tigray, Ethiopia, Shewit ran with her four children. Read her story of survival.

Recovering after Cyclone Harold

John's story

Read how John and his family protected themselves from the menacing cyclone and how ShelterBox helped.

Warmth in the harsh Syrian winter

Hamda's story

Hamda is just one of the millions of people pushed from their homes in Syria. Read her story here.

Recovering after Typhoon Vongfong

Nelcie's story

Read how Nelcie ‘s life was turned upside down after the typhoon ripped her house apart, and how the family used their ShelterBox aid to return home.

A new life in Cameroon

Fatima's story

Read how Fatima fled her village in Nigeria with her two children to finally re-settle in Cameroon.

Recovering after the earthquake in Nepal

Surya's story

When the devastating earthquake hit Nepal, Surya was almost buried alive. Read her amazing story of survival and recovery.

Relief from the storm in Fiji

Baby Yokimi was just three months old when Cyclone Winston hit.

Community support in Peru

Yolanda's story

When the floods devastated Peru in 2017, Yolanda’s home was wrecked. Using tools and materials, she was able to rebuild her home after the floodwaters receded.

Warmth and light in Syria

Ahmad's story

Working in partnership with ReliefAid, we provided Ahmad with the tools he needed to start the process of recovery.

Stories from Cameroon

Meet the families living in Minawao camp

Read the stories of some of the people who live in Minawao camp, one of the largest refugee camps in Cameroon.

Recovery in Dominica after Hurricane Maria

Simon's story

When Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in Dominica in 2017, it destroyed Simon’s house. Read how we have supported Simon in rebuilding his home and finding comfort once again.

Recovering after floods in Bangladesh

Samina's story

Samina’s home was destroyed by severe flooding in Bangladesh in 2018. Read how Samina used her ShelterBox aid to rebuild her home.

Recovering after the earthquakes in Indonesia

Erti's story

See how Erti is recovering after the devastating earthquakes that hit Indonesia in 2018.

A chance to start again in Malaysia

Ismail Mustafa’s story

Monsoon floodwaters in Malaysia in 2016 forced Ismail and his family out of their home. Read their story of recovery.

A new home after the floods in Paraguay

Cecilio's story

When the rising water levels flooded their town in March 2019, Cecilio and his family had to evacuate their home and reach a safer place.

Life in Cox's Bazar

Hasina's story

Hasina is one of 655,000 Rohingya families who have been forced across the Myanmar border to escape sectarian violence. Read her story here.

Fleeing violence in Myanmar

Guljar's story

Guljar, a widow and mother of three, had to escape sectarian violence in Myanmar, settling in Bangladesh. Read her story.

Fleeing conflict in Nigeria

Falmata's story

When her whole village was being evacuated in fear of a Boko Haram attack, Falmata was working in the farmland and missed the evacuation. See how they managed to rebuild.

A safe space after the earthquake in Indonesia

Fatnizar's story

Fatnizar and her family received vital ShelterBox aid after an earthquake and tsunami flattened their home.

Life as a seamstress in Minawao camp

Esther's story

Esther saw her family getting slaughtered by Boko Haram. She escaped, settling in Minawao camp and becoming a seamstress.

Recovery in Malawi

Enoch and Mary's story

Torrential rains and severe flooding had destroyed Enoch and Mary’s home. Despite Enoch being totally blind, the family managed to rebuild and recover.

Rebuilding after Hurricane Maria

Ella's story

See how Ella managed to rebuild and improve her family’s livelihood after Hurricane Maria.

Escaping Boko Haram

Abdou's story

Abdou fled his home to protect his family. See how the mosquito net, kitchen set and solar lights we provided allowed the family to feel safe again.

Homes washed away in Bangladesh

Bizli's story

In 2017, torrential rains and floodwater from upstream caused widespread flooding in Bizli’s village. See how Bizli and her family started to rebuild their lives.

Starting over after fleeing Boko Haram

Khadija's story

Khadija had to flee her village in Nigeria after Boko Haram threatened everyone who lived there. Read her story of recovery.

Recovery after hurricane Maria

Amy's story

When hurricane Irma hit the island of Barbuda, Amy’s home was destroyed. Read how she managed to recover.

Rebuilding after fleeing Boko Haram

Yaya's story

Yaya fled when Boko Haram invaded her village. She now lives in a camp for internally displaced people in Cameroon with her children. Read her story here.

Swept away in the Philippines

Lily's story

Lily was physically swept away by powerful floods. This is her incredible story of recovery.

A sense of security in Peru

Paquito's story

When intense rains hit Peru in March 2017, the torrential flood waters swept away Paquito’s house. Read her story of recovery here.

Fleeing her home in Syria

Noor's story

See how we supported Noor and her family in Syria after they lost everything when ISIS took control.​

Running from the conflict in Syria

Mohammed's story

Mohammed had to flee the devastating conflict in Syria to protect his children

Rebuilding after Cyclone Idai

Modestar's story

After Cyclone Idai washed away Modestar’s home, she used the aid items she received to rebuild.

A little piece of home in Gaza

When thousands of homes were destroyed in Gaza, we supported Mohammed Moammar with emergency shelter on his wedding day.

Answering prayers in the Philippines

Mercedes and Valentin's story

With shelter kits, our team showed Mercedes and Valentin how they could build resilient shelters to protect themselves from future storms in the Philippines.

How Mosquito Nets Changed Falmata's Life

Falmata escaped Boko Haram violence, only to be threatened by disease-carrying mosquitoes. Read how she used mosquito nets to protect her family.

Hope & Strength

Four leading photographers Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace have helped us to pay tribute to the incredible hope and strength of the people we meet.

The photographers travelled with us to meet families living through severe drought in Somaliland, devastation in the British Virgin Islands, and to meet Rohingya families living in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

In circumstances often defined by violence and tragedy, these families show courage, determination and resilience. The photographs capture the incredible power people possess to carry on and be hopeful.

Find out more

A lady and child with a solar light