How we can help
We co-create new, life-dignifying solutions that allow families and individuals to thrive and move forward into a brighter future.
Everything we do begins and ends with the displaced populations we serve. They know the challenges they face better than anyone else and should be an integral part of creating and implementing solutions. Through the process of co-creation, we produce and implement solutions that allow people a chance to thrive during displacement and be better prepared to return home and contribute to the future stability and success of their communities and nations.
How We Work
We’re Better Together
Our process begins at the field level, not in the design studio. We work alongside partner aid organization staff and the displaced populations they serve to craft appropriate, meaningful solutions to real problems experienced by real families. We use our combined skill sets and those of our professional volunteer network to develop new products and processes, continually circling back to the input of the forcibly displaced population we are working with to ensure any solution we engineer reflects the voice and ideas of those who need it most.
Never Settle for the Status Quo
We create better provisions for temporary shelters by using quality, thoughtful design to respond directly to the felt needs and desires of the displaced populations we serve. When the process of co-creation leads to the development of a product (such as Emergency Floor) that meets a need common to many contexts, we work diligently to share the innovation and scale the impact to benefit as many people as possible. Our goal is to offer high-impact, effective designs at low costs, which in turn allows our partner agencies to stretch their funding further to serve more people.
Connecting private sector innovation to the humanitarian world
We serve as a unique bridge between the private and humanitarian sectors. Our staff’s combined 62 years of experience in both spheres allows us to connect a broad network of volunteer architects, engineers, and designers with humanitarian organizations providing life-saving work. The pulse of our work is sharing knowledge and expertise and harnessing creative energy. Every Shelter comes alongside aid organizations already doing incredible work with a fresh set of specialized skills and resources, increasing their effectiveness and contributing to knowledge-sharing across organizations and fields.