Solo Town Refugee Camp

The Problem: The political instability in the Ivory Coast erupted in 2009, when the incumbent president refused to accept his defeat in a presidential election. As a result, violence spread throughout the country, and over 100,000 families were forced to flee their homes.

The Solution: With support from UNHCR, our team constructed a refugee camp just over the border in Solo Town, Liberia. This involved clearing trees and brush, leveling the ground, and the construction of shelter-tents and a number of large community buildings.

The Impact: 1,300 temporary shelters provided and 10 community buildings constructed.

Funder: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duration: 2010


Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked in Shelter For Life’s field projects and headquarters organizational management positions, leading operations and business development around the world. Mr. Omar has managed and overseen a variety of projects in some of the world’s most difficult places to work, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, and South Sudan. He holds a degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a graduate degree in Urban Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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.