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Shelter and Settlements

The Shelter and Settlements sector is one of DRC’s five core sectors of intervention. DRC delivers shelter and settlement solutions and provides basic services in both emergencies and situations of protracted displacement.

Whether people have sought protection and refuge in formal refugee camps or informal settlements, we provide temporary shelter, help repair damaged dwellings and infrastructure, and reconstruct permanent homes.

These initiatives enable vulnerable displaced populations to live in dignity and security.

To support immediate needs, strengthen local market dynamics, and build the resilience of people affected by conflict and displacement, DRC also offers cash grants and distributes Non-Food Items (NFIs), such as hygiene kits, emergency bedding, cooking utensils, and other critical supplies.

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24 Jan 2024

Ukraine: Shelter programme helps families rebuild their homes damaged by flooding or shelling

29 Nov 2023

Ukraine: New windows and water supply — DRC improves living conditions in western Ukraine shelters for IDPs

09 Nov 2023

Poland | Open Place Krakow: Aid and activities for refugees and migrants

04 Aug 2023

Poland: How offices in Warsaw are turned into shelter for vulnerable refugees from Ukraine

22 Jun 2023

Ukraine Reconstruction: DRC helps with emergency repair of homes

16 Mar 2023

DRC Secretary General: We have reached 3 million Ukrainians

06 Mar 2023

From Ukraine to Serbia: A living nightmare to escape war

24 Feb 2023

Romania – a safe haven and transit point for Ukrainian refugees

13 Feb 2023

Heaven or hell at Italy’s northern borders

30 Jan 2023

Mykolaiv: A city without doors, windows and half of its citizens

09 Jan 2023

Hope amidst conflict for Ethiopian Refugees in Um Rakuba Camp, Sudan

29 Dec 2022

Fleeing war in Ukraine - finding refuge in Serbia

21 Dec 2022

Strengthening health support to vulnerable people on the move

20 Dec 2022

Urgent support to Mykolaiv: Safe water and house repairs before winter

13 Dec 2022

Emergency shelter in Poland for refugees from Ukraine

13 Dec 2022

From surviving in basements in Ukraine to safety in Moldova

07 Dec 2022

DRC press release: Scaling up capacity in Moldova to host refugees from Ukraine

24 Aug 2022

Abandoned dormitory transforms into emergency shelter

07 Aug 2022

DRC street lawyers offer legal aid at shelters for displaced in Ukraine

12 May 2022

DRC in Ukraine: Support for IDP collective centres in Western Ukraine

22 Mar 2022

Myanmar: New waves of displacement in Kachin State

08 Mar 2022

Thousands pushed into displacement as Horn of Africa suffers worst drought in 40 years

17 Feb 2022

Widowed and displaced with nine children

11 Nov 2020

Thousands of refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina will face hardship during winter

We work with Shelter and Settlements in these countries

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