The climate crisis is a humanitarian crisis

The global climate challenge is now an existential threat that will continue to drive inequalities for the most vulnerable people, unless the international community comes together to enact radical change. The latest IPCC report indicated that greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise, climate change is rapidly intensifying, and that current plans to address the widespread climate emergency should be more ambitious. The time to act on climate change is now. We are doing our part, and will continue to share progress.

We are doing our part

From the very beginning, to this day, our approach has to develop temporary structures that provides support for shelter, health, protection and education. They can be deployed in emergency situations and gradually upgraded throughout the entire duration of displacement, extending their lifespan for as long as they are needed.

We have set short and long-term goals that guide our work to ensure a more sustainable world for all.

Our focus

In collaboration with local and global partners, Better Shelter provides shelter as temporary homes for displaced families to live in safely, and infrastructure to promote improved health, protection and education.





Together with partners, we offer dignity and protection throughout the duration of displacement where our structures are needed the most.


With the effects of climate change becoming more frequent and intensified, we stand ready to support our partners in their missions to shelter our most vulnerable populations in displacement.

Whether deploying shelters in disaster or conflict responses, in camps or in urban settings, we support partners during the planning, implementation and maintenance.

Relief units

Our modular relief units offer residents safety and dignity. While temporary, they meet the basic needs of daily living and can be upgraded and upcycled.

Relief Housing Unit (RHU)

A resistant shelter that arrives with all parts in a flatpack and is easy to assemble for immediate safety and dignity in emergency response.

RHU Structure

A robust shelter frame that lets residents make incremental upgrades with local materials for use throughout the duration of displacement.

Current projects

We are supporting our partners in responding to the most urgent emergency situations around the world.


Russia’s war in Ukraine has forced more than fourteen million people from their homes. As all signs point towards a difficult winter in eastern Europe, we are supporting our partners on the ground who are winterising temporary shelters, ensuring that the displaced communities are safe and protected from the elements, in all seasons of the year.

Latin America and the Caribbean

The growing threat of natural disasters has destroyed swaths of homes and critical infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean. With the recent Atlantic hurricane season exacerbating the situation in many countries who are still recovering from previous disaster events, we are working with partners on the ground, adapting shelters to climate and culture.

Northwest Syria

Now having entered its second decade of conflict, and with millions still displaced, the humanitarian situation in Syria is the worst in history. We work with UNHCR, ATAA Relief, Bonyan Foundation, WATAN Foundation and more partners in the Middle East to shelter the populations in most need of shelter.

Our partners

Since the inception of our organisation, we have collaborated with a range of partners across the humanitarian sector, to implement shelters on the field, to conduct research and development on shelter design, and to build on donorships to advance shelter innovation. Below is a sample of our partners, past and present, including government agencies, NGOs and civil society organisations.

Contact us

Get in touch with our team to learn more about our work, how to become a partner, and on technical assistance.

Antony Merjan

Partnerships Manager (MENA, Asia and the Pacific)

Lucia Arias Kapetinic

Partnerships Manager (Africa, Americas, Europe)