About Us


Shelter For Life International, Inc. (SFL) is a humanitarian organization with headquarters in Minnesota USA. SFL is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of Wisconsin, USA, and is registered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Private Voluntary Organization. With over twenty five years of experience, SFL specializes in providing sustainable housing solutions for internally displaced persons, refugees, ecological migrants, and disaster victims.

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SFL also has an extensive history in reconstruction of physical infrastructure, agriculture development and food security, and application of microcredit. Cultural sensitivity, community participation, and appropriate technologies are an integral part of our programs. SFL is currently serving in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Liberia, Senegal, Tajikistan, and the United States. Previously, SFL has worked in Angola, Burundi, Honduras, India, Iran, Kosovo, Macedonia, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Western Sahara. We have a successful record of collaboration as an implementing partner with USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, humanitarian organizations, and national governments.

On the Ground Experience

SFL employs over one hundred people around the world. Over 95% of these staff members work in our field offices, with the majority hired from within the local community. Our staff members bring decades of experience in construction, engineering, architecture, community development, agriculture development and food security, education, training, disaster preparedness, economic development, community health, project management, finance, and cross-cultural relations.

Field Infrastructure

SFL maintains operational offices, experienced staff, and local partners within the countries and regions it serves. Offices and staff are fully equipped with vehicles, computers, communication services, and security equipment. In addition, SFL has built up acquisition, transportation, and distribution networks which give us the capacity to effectively mobilize local resources and respond to beneficiary needs.