FAQ

How much of my donation goes to a Better Shelter?

100% of your donation will be used to fund (parts of) a shelter and/or shipping of a shelter to one of our projects

The shelter is 17.5 m2 (L 5.68 m x W 3.32 m x H 2.83 m) and designed for five residents, in accordance with humanitarian standards.

What is the Better Shelter made of?

The roof and wall panels are made of a plastic foam and the frame is made of steel. It is designed for contexts with an urgent need for shelter but without access to local building materials. The shelter's roof and walls can be replaced by local materials would they become available at a later stage.

How long does a Better Shelter last?

Minimum three years, but the lifespan also depends on where and how the shelter is used and maintained.

How do you get the shelters to where they are most needed?

We work in close collaboration with a wide network of non governmental organisations and UN agencies around the world. We provide the shelters, guidance and support, and our partners make sure that the shelters reach the families and the programs in the greatest need.

Yes. While it was developed as temporary housing, thousands of shelters serve as health clinics, child friendly spaces, offices, classrooms and even libraries.

Better Shelter is a Swedish social enterprise owned by the philanthropic Housing for All Foundation, which was established by the IKEA Foundation (the IKEA company's philanthropic arm). Better Shelter is driven by a mission to achieve social impact and improve people's lives – not to make profit.

Who does Better Shelter work with?

We collaborate with some of the world's leading agencies, including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), The Red Cross and UNICEF. 

Find out more about us here.