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ShelterBox delivers the essentials families need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster. From ShelterBoxes to Shelter Kits, we can send immediate emergency shelter and other lifesaving equipment, in response to a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, anywhere in the world.

Each ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but 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. 

Every item is durable, practical and brand new. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes in the past - from water and food storage containers to a cot for a newborn baby. A standard, packed box weighs 120 lbs. and has dimensions of 33" x 24" x 22". They are sealed and banded for transit and security. 


At the heart of every ShelterBox is a disaster relief tent. Our most widely used Family Relief Tent is custom made for ShelterBox by Vango, one of the world’s leading tent manufacturers, and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. Internally, each tent has privacy partitions that allow recipients to divide the space as they see fit. The OASE Tent is a smaller and lighter alternative.

For colder countries, we can deliver a Flex 3 Tent which offers a chimney portal, allowing the ability to heat and cook.   


The Shelter Kit contains plastic sheeting, basic tools, rope and fixings that enable families to rapidly provide their own shelter or make repairs to their damaged houses in the aftermath of a disaster.

Included among our survival equipment are thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in areas where temperatures plummet at nightfall. Mosquito nets are supplied where malaria is prevalent. 

We provide the lifesaving means of water purification. Water supplies often become contaminated after a major disaster, as infrastructure and sanitation systems are destroyed. This presents a secondary but no less dangerous threat to survivors than the initial disaster itself. The Thirst Aid Station has enough capacity to supply a family with safe water for a month.


After a disaster, darkness can be challenging and dangerous. LuminAIDs are lightweight, fit easily in a ShelterBox, provide up to 16 hours of light on one charge, enabling people to work, cook, and navigate safely within the community at night.

A basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters enables survivors to improve their immediate environment by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example, then when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.

Durable kitchen items include pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers.

A children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons, math sets and other supplies. For children who have lost most if not all their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.

In any disaster, a large number of people without shelter will inevitably be children. Schools will often have been destroyed along with homes and other buildings. ShelterBox will, therefore, sometimes include "SchoolBoxes" in aid consignments. These contain essential supplies for teachers, including blackboard paint and chalk, along with school equipment for 50 children.  

Please note: We do not fundraise separately for the SchoolBoxes. These are only sent out as part of an overall aid consignment and are paid for through general funds. This is because our main focus is on the emergency humanitarian aid and we only send these boxes where we have heard a school or several schools have been destroyed.

ShelterBox New Zealand is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter, warmth and dignity to survivors of disaster and humanitarian crisis worldwide. 
Our organization is supported by individuals and organizations, including Rotary Clubs, service & community groups, schools, faith-based groups and other businesses and foundations. 

Sometimes our aid is not packed in boxes but sent in bulk. It is essential that we always support the needs of those who have survived disasters and this can vary enormously based on the type and scale of a disaster. We also do this to maximize donors’ money, ensuring that we only send what is really needed and appropriate for the situation and culture.