For those who have fled their homes, having a safe, reliable roof overhead can be the first step to finding stability once again. We work to provide this most basic need, giving shelter and vital household items to people who have none. With years of experience, we are experts in the design and construction of durable, cost-effective structures. We build housing, latrines, showers, and cooking areas to help restore a sense of home and stability to vulnerable communities.
Refugee camps and settlements are usually established as a short-term solution, but it’s often the case that the camps will be needed for a longer period of time than first thought. A common characteristic of many of the shelter models ARC uses is that they can be easily upgraded into transitional and more permanent shelters with minor structural reinforcements and replacements.
For years, ARC has provided shelter support around the world. From emergency tents and shelters in the days and weeks following a disaster to shelters that some families may live in for a decade or more, ARC has built shelters from Pakistan to Somalia, Haiti to South Sudan.
In Rwanda, ARC’s fingerprints can be found in all of Rwanda’s six refugee camps – we built many of the shelters and structures in the camps. Most recently, during the 2015 influx of Burundian refugees, we led the construction of Mahama refugee camp. Acting quickly alongside other partners, we provided shelter to over 28,000 people. Since the initial phase of construction in Mahama, we have continued to work alongside the community to understand what they need most. We’ve built semi-permanent structures enabling families to move from temporary structures into a more durable home. We also believe in the importance of sustainable construction and responsible building practices. In Rwanda, we lobbied for the use of environmentally friendly building materials which will be introduced in future building projects.
In Somalia, we use construction as a training opportunity for community members and an employment program for carpenters and masons looking for work. With the help of these skilled workers, we’ve built latrines that provide safe, clean solutions for communities and rehabilitated damaged wells. With a capacity-building approach, we work locally to procure building materials and in return stimulate the economy for internally displaced Somalis.
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