About ShelterBox

ShelterBox is made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital. No ifs. No buts.
Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. They're working to change this. By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, they're transforming despair into hope.

My story

In April 2019 I undertook the 4-day assessment to join the ShelterBox Response Team, after having spent the previous 18 months waiting for applications to open, and yearning to be involved. I’m happy to say that I made it through, and am now preparing for deployment by reading up on the framework of humanitarian aid, and how the work ShelterBox does ties in with this, before attending training later this summer.
Whilst I plan to undertake various challenges in the future to help raise awareness (I’m currently toying with the idea of strapping a shelter box to my back and running up and down the highest points in the UK, for example, but please do let me know if you’ve got any better suggestions!), I’m keen to get the ball rolling with fundraising now, and arrive at training having already started contributing to the work ShelterBox does.

What you can do

The aid ShelterBox delivers varies depending on the nature of the crisis they’re responding to, but can consist of tents, kits with tools to rebuild homes, solar lights, water purification systems and cooking sets (you can read more about the aid they provide here: These items are then often delivered in boxes, so I have set the target of buying one ShelterBox before the training (each box costs on average £590) starts at the end of August.
Whilst the main purpose of this is to raise funds, if you don’t feel you’re able to contribute financially, taking time to look into the work ShelterBox does and spreading the word further is a positive outcome too (their website is a good starting point, and they also have a lot of good video content available on Youtube:

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