Restoring Lives, Rebuilding Communities

Shelter is more than a roof and four walls.

Shelter is more than a roof and four walls.

Shelter For Life International, Inc. (SFL) is an international faith-based relief and development organization with 40 years of experience in providing sustainable development and humanitarian assistance to those affected by conflict and disaster around the world.

Demonstrating God’s love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster restore their lives and rebuild their communities.  

To be one of the leading international Christian humanitarian aid organizations providing disaster relief with long-term development and sustainability. 

Address disaster relief and long-term development needs of the communities we serve, by tailoring and implementing a range of contextually sensitive programs.
Shelter For Life At A Glance

Where We Go







The Gambia


Of providing sustainable development solutions for internally displaced persons, refugees, ecological migrants, and disaster victims.

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Go directly to our projects, including population movement and settlement, public infrastructure reconstruction, and social & economic development projects.


Assisting people around the world to restore their lives, and rebuild their communities.

Shelter For Life At A Glance

What We Do

Population Movement and Settlement
  • Shelter and Settlement Services
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Services
Public Infrascture Reconstruction
  • Rural Roads
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Irrigation and Flood Protection Services
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Social And Economic Development
  • Vocational Training and Education
  • Access to Financial Services
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Small-Medium Enterprise Development

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Rivers of Innovation: Shelter For Life’s Journey from Afghan Peaks to African Shores

For SFL, creative irrigation is not just a solution; it’s a way of life. With each project they undertake, they breathe life into barren land, turning deserts into gardens and dreams into reality. And as long as there are fields in need of water and communities in need of hope, Shelter For Life will be there, a beacon of light in a world thirsting for change.

Empowering Women in Agriculture: Driving Sustainable Development Across West Africa 

In the heart of West Africa, a quiet revolution is taking place. It’s not marked by grand gestures or high-profile events but by the determined efforts of women working in the cashew nut and gardening sectors. Through the tireless work of organizations like SFL, these women are not only transforming their own lives but also their communities, one harvest at a time.

Building Hope

Each shelter represents more than just a physical structure; it symbolizes resilience, perseverance, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. 

"When the road was completed, we came back and realized that the road had also brought peace with it." ~Bourama

Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.