ShelterBox: Supporting those on the front line of humanitarian crisis


Every year thousands of communities, often with no warning, lose their homes, their possessions and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival. It is at these times of desperation that ShelterBox provides hope and shelter.

When disaster strikes ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world that have been overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.

The Cornish organisation began in 2000, and in over 15 years of service have responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict all across the globe.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Syria crisis, and the biggest storm to ever make landfall – Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; ShelterBox have responded to some of the largest humanitarian crises the modern world has ever known. In February 2016 the organisation flew volunteers to the Turkey-Syria border to help deal with growing number of refugees there.

ShelterBox arrive in Philippines: RIBI Image Library
ShelterBox arrive in Philippines: RIBI Image Library

Alongside this, the charity have also helped many thousands of people displaced by disasters which have not been featured in the UK media. When it comes to their vital work, ShelterBox state proudly on their website that: “Simply put, if there are families in need of emergency shelter, we will do everything we can to help them.”

ShelterBox have now responded to more than 270 disasters in almost 90 different countries.

The Aid that ShelterBox provides takes many forms and ranges from their famous ShelterBoxes to tents and supplies. Each ShelterBox includes a range of items designed to help families who have lost their homes and belongings regain a sense of normality. The contents are altered, depending on the disaster, but a ShelterBox typically contains a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack.

Alongside the ShelterBox the charity also provides shelter kits, tents and additional aid to support communities in need of humanitarian aid. ShelterBox will sometimes include SchoolBoxes in their aid consignments. These contain essential supplies for teachers, including blackboard paint and chalk, along with school equipment for 50 children.

Watch the video below to find out more about ShelterBox Disaster relief or visit their website at


Photo Credit: RIBI Image Library from Flickr.

Video Credit: ShelterBox International