Shelter and Protection2019-02-22T04:40:10+10:00


Working to meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 11

Adequate shelter and protection is a fundamental right.

Slums represent one of the main types of housing in many growing urban cities from Kibera in Nairobi, to Dharavi in Mumbai. The effects of poverty related to the growth of slums span everything from poor health to education.

As informal (and often illegal) housing, slums are often defined by:

  • Unsafe and/or unhealthy homes (e.g. lack of windows, dirt floor, leaky walls and roofs)
  • Overcrowded homes
  • Limited or no access to basic services: water, toilets, electricity, transportation
  • Unstable homes: weak structures are often blown away or destroyed during storms and earthquakes
  • No secure land tenure (i.e. the land rights to live there).

As such families living in slums lack the crucial conditions they need to live decently and thrive as human beings.

6 billion people live without adequate shelter.

1 in 7 people on the planet currently lives in a slum.

1 in every 4 people will live in a slum by 2030, according to current estimates.

1 in 3 urban residents live in slums in developing countries.

In some countries, as much as 90% of the urban population live in slums.

The DRC is one of the most complex and challenging humanitarian situations worldwide, with multiple conflicts affecting its vase territory. We are partnering with the UNHCR to provide the much needed support to people affected by conflict in the region.

There are over 4.5 million people displaced within the DRC

Over 811,300 DRC refugees are being hosted by other Arican countries

Over 536,000 refugees from neighbouring countries reside within the DRC

Shelter is a vital survival mechanism in times of crisis and displacement. It is also key to restoring personal security, self-sufficiency and dignity.

A refugee camp is intended as a temporary accommodation for people who have been forced to flee their home because of violence and persecution. They are constructed while crises unfold for people fleeing for their lives.

These hastily built shelters provide immediate protection and safety for the world’s most vulnerable people. Camps allow organisations to deliver lifesaving aid like food, water and medical attention during an emergency.

6 million refugees live in camps

28, 300 people are forced to flee their home every day due to violence and persecution


As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest.

If you’re an organisation wanting to partner with us to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals we’d love to hear from you.

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