Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

Every Shelter is based in Houston, TX USA, with a new location in Kampala, Uganda. While the majority of our work is currently focused in the Bidi Bidi and Nakivale refugee camps in Uganda, Every Shelter has done work all over the world including, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
There are many refugee related organizations focused on every aspect of the larger ecosystem. Every Shelter is specifically focused on a few critical issues within the larger ecosystem, specific to the production and distribution of shelter-related provisions, goods, and services. We are working to build a system where shelter goods and services are re-localized, and made and performed by refugees. In other words, shelter goods, made for and by refugees, sold to other refugees.
We recommend everyone check out the UNHCR Website. This website has the definitions and global standards for refugee and displacement related information.
The most helpful thing for an organization of our size is predictable, stable funding. Even small amounts of money given on a predictable basis help us manage planning, expenses, strategy, and budgets.

We’d love for you to join our monthly donor giving community, called, The Haven, as the most practical way you could help us advance our mission.
Please email us! You can reach our team at info@everyshelter.org and we will be in touch with you within 72 hours!

What are some good reading recommendations for me to learn more?

1 // WHAT IS A REFUGEE?, Amazon, written and illustrated by Elise Gravel, is an accessible picture book that oh-so-simply and graphically introduces the term “refugee” to curious young children to help them better understand the world in which they live.

2 // LUBNA AND PEBBLE, Amazon, the unforgettable story of a young girl who, upon arriving at a refugee camp, picks up a pebble on the beach that quickly becomes a great source of comfort to her. But when little Amir arrives at the camp alone and scared, Lubna will have to decide if she can share her little, sturdy friend with him. With stunning illustrations, Wendy Meddour immerses us in a beautiful story about friendship and resilience.

3 // WE ARE DISPLACED, Amazon, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces the people behind the statistics and news stories about the millions of people displaced worldwide.

4 // NOWHERE BOY, Amazon, Set against the backdrop of the Syrian refugee crisis, award-winning author Katherine Marsh delivers a gripping, heartwarming story of resilience, friendship, and everyday heroes.
5 // SOOLEY: A NOVEL, Amazon, John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams—and even bigger challenges off the court.

6 // WHAT IS THE WHAT, Amazon, an epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children —the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. When he finally is resettled in the United States, he finds a life full of promise, but also heartache and myriad new challenges. Moving, suspenseful, and unexpectedly funny, What Is the What is an astonishing novel that illuminates the lives of millions through one extraordinary man.
7 // REFUGE: TRANSFORMING A BROKEN REFUGEE SYSTEM, Amazon, Alexander Betts and Paul Collier show that this crisis offers an opportunity for reform if international policy-makers focus on delivering humane, effective, and sustainable outcomes – both for Europe and for countries that border conflict zones. Refugees need more than simply food, tents, and blankets, and research demonstrates that they can offer tangible economic benefits to their adopted countries if given the right to work and education. Refuge sets out an alternative vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies, and even rebuild their countries of origin.

8 // THE WEALTH OF REFUGEES: HOW DISPLACED PEOPLE CAN BUILD ECONOMIES, Amazon, Alexander Betts argues that the key lies in unlocking the potential contributions of refugees themselves. Refugees bring skills, talents, and aspirations and can be a benefit rather than a burden to receiving societies. Realizing this potential relies upon moving beyond a purely humanitarian focus to fully include refugees in host-country economies, build economic opportunities in refugee-hosting regions, and navigate the ambiguous politics of refugee protection.

9 // THOSE WE THROW AWAY ARE DIAMONDS by Mondiant Dogan, Amazon, A stunning and heartbreaking lens on the global refugee crisis, from a man who faced the very worst of humanity and survived to advocate for displaced people around the world.

10 // UNPREPARED: SHARING TEA INSIDE THE TENTS OF MORIA, an immersive and introspective look into Europe’s most controversial refugee camp in Greece. This tea table book is a collection of creative writing, stories, and photographs that bring you face-to-face with the reality of what asylum seekers experience living in Moria refugee camp, through the eyes of two western women who volunteer there. It sits you down for tea in the middle of the chaos and introduces you to the heart of Moria in a way you would least expect.

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