Our shelter perspective: “Shelter is far more than a roof and four walls”



Shelter is a basic human need and is critical for survival in most disasters. Manufacturing shelter solutions for over 40 years, our subsidiary NRS Relief supplies multipurpose tents, tarpaulins and mobile storage units to UN agencies, international NGOs and bilateral donors. Our mission is to offer cost-effective, fit-for-purpose quality shelters, keeping the real needs of beneficiaries in mind.

To achieve this mission, we strive to provide clients with essential information about our product range, focusing on the technical specifications, innovations and modes of applications.

Our shelter perspective

  • Shelter is a basic human need
  • Protect dignity; quality counts
  • Durable and cost-effective solutions
  • Continuous product innovation
  • Understanding local environment and beneficiaries’ needs
  • Promote recycling and sustainability
  • Adapt to local solutions
NRS Relief | Our shelter perspective | Core relief item - Sleeping mat - Kenya

The changing humanitarian landscape

Every humanitarian crisis requires a unique response, taking the cultural and geographical context into consideration. NRS Relief’s latest catalogue serves to assist procurement officers and senior managers working in the humanitarian community to make informed decisions, ensuring the most suitable product is sourced for each specific situation.

The humanitarian landscape is shifting rapidly, and new solutions need to be explored to solve the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. This includes a new way of thinking on how to accommodate displaced populations, acknowledging the socio-political context, the type and phase of the response.

The reality is that, on average, 30 people are forced to flee each minute, five times more than a decade earlier. These people have left their homes in an instant due to floods, earthquakes, cyclones or conflicts, leaving them powerless.

Shelter is much more than a roof and four walls

Families who have been impacted by disasters always need sheltering. A shelter is much more than a roof and walls. It is a temporary home, critical for survival and provides necessary security, personal safety and protection against harsh climate conditions. It provides human dignity and enables family life until permanent homes are ready.

Shelter assistance stretches far beyond the distribution of tents. It allows households to recover, for instance by providing tarpaulins to fix damaged structures, or to create housing solutions using locally sourced materials (i.e. bamboo in combination with tarps). Equally important is the need to restore community buildings, such as temporary clinics, schools, offices and mobile warehousing.

We not only provide shelter and community solutions for every stage of a humanitarian response, we also offer the technical assistance and advice to define the approach to sheltering and community resilience. As part of our Rapid Response Strategy (RRS), we conduct field assessments to understand the local environment and the challenges faced, such as logistical barriers or country- specific needs.

We constantly pioneer product innovations and work in partnership with our clients to develop better solutions, taking cost, quality, durability and sustainability into account.

For inquiries about choosing the best shelter and community solutions, please contact our Business Development & Sales Team at bdm@nrsinternational-fzco.com.