Better Shelter provides innovative, practical and durable temporary housing for the millions of displaced people who lose their homes due to conflicts and natural disasters.
Many people affected by conflicts and natural disasters seek refuge in humanitarian camps for access to shelter, food and clean water. Providing adequate shelter in these camps was usually achieved by setting up tents. The Better Shelter consists of lightweight polymer panels, which are laminated with thermal insulation, and then clipped onto a lightweight steel frame. The shelters are more durable and better insulated than traditional refugee tents.
Windows and lockable doors give refugees the feeling of occupying a normal home. Solar panels on the roof provide enough electricity to charge lamps and cellphones. The shelter comes flat-packed, which lowers shipping costs, and can be built on-site without tools in four hours. In 2015, Better Shelter delivered more than 10,000 units for humanitarian operations worldwide.
Why you should care
According to the UNHCR, conflict and persecution alone are forcing an average of 34,000 people a day to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere. There are over 65 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. The majority of these refugees are hosted in developing countries with limited infrastructure. This creates a massive need for quickly deployable temporary housing – needs which the Better Shelter addresses with a small environmental footprint.