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You can help shelter people forced to flee their homes

Our world is currently experiencing the largest displacement crisis of our era. Driven by the Syria crisis and conflicts in South Sudan, Central African Republic, Burundi and Central America, the number of people forced to flee their homes is rising every day.

To escape the violence, families leave behind everything.

Millions of families are arriving in refugee camps with nothing, or struggling in sub-standard housing and half-built shelters. We believe all refugees deserve to live in safe shelter.

Only UNHCR has the reach and expertise to tackle this crisis and shelter millions of families—but we can’t do this alone.

Donate to ensure nobody is left outside

Nobody Left Outside: Sheltering Refugee Families

hours or less is all it takes for UNHCR to provide emergency shelter for families at the outbreak of a crisis

types of transitional shelter are provided by UNHCR worldwide, each uniquely suited to the country and environment they are in

years, the average time a refugee will spend in exile. Families deserve to live in safe and durable shelters for this period

Why Shelter?

Shelter is the number one need of all refugees forced to flee their homes. The quicker we can provide shelter in an emergency, the more lives we can save. Providing shelter on an ongoing basis is equally critical to allow families to perform daily household tasks, work, study and plan for the future.

Protects health

for example by providing a place to hang a mosquito net to prevent malaria, or lay a floor mat to protect from the cold ground.

Helps restart lives

by providing an address where refugees can receive identification documents and support services, register their children for school or start a business.

Provides safety

from the weather and for women and girls at risk of rape and sexual violence and children vulnerable to exploitation

Protects privacy

for families to bond together under the one roof and take comfort in each other.

Provides an emotional base

to plan for their future. A secure shelter allows families to work, study and live life as normally as possible.

Protects valued possessions

so that families can treasure the few items that they were able to take with them.

Your donation can provide a refugee family with shelter and help us ensure that nobody is left outside.

Shelter someone today


will provide temporary accommodation for one year for two refugee children whose parents did not survive the Mediterranean crossing


will provide a family with a durable tent that can be erected anywhere


will provide a large durable tarpaulin for roofing, a set of sleeping mats and a cooking set for two newly-arrived families in a refugee settlement
Iraqi refugee family - Al Jamea'a camp

An Iraqi displaced family stands outside their temporary shelter in Al Jamea’a camp. The family walked for 10km to flee violence by ISIS and found shelter, at first in an emergency tent. “The tent was just too small, with dust everywhere. The Refugee Housing Unit is a blessing from god for us in the desert. We are so grateful to UNHCR for providing us shelter…there is space to move unrestricted and we started to buy things to make ourselves feel at home, like a set of drawers and a TV. It provides us with more privacy.”

Lebanon. Syrian refugee family.

Syrian refugee Abu Abhoud and his family fled their home in 2013 with nothing. Thanks to UNHCR they now live in a rehabilitated apartment where they can live rent free for up to a year. “Shelter is the most important thing for a human being. It means safety, security and comfort.

Tanzania. Burundi refugee

Jacqueline is a 25 year old refugee from Burundi. After arriving in Tanzania with her husband and two children, they were allocated to a family shelter in the new Nduta refugee camp. Today they are working hard to make their wood framed, tarpaulin shelter the best temporary home. “My husband has built a kitchen and is building a bed so that we can sleep better. We will make the best home we can for our boys. We feel much safer here.”

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