Shelter is a linchpin of a secure and stable society. We view our role as enablers and partners of displaced communities who wish to restore their lives and rebuild their communities. Our team is committed to addressing natural and man-made disasters in a way that is efficient, collaborative and holistic. Our approach includes:

Shelter and
Settlement Services


Disaster Risk Reduction


Disaster Relief and
Humanitarian Services


Public infrastructure is an essential part of thriving economies. When destroyed by wars or natural disasters, communities become disconnected from local, regional and national markets, making it harder to restore ones livelihood. Our team partners with communities to design and implement local infrastructure reconstruction projects. Our focus areas are:


Rural Roads

Water, Sanitation,
and Hygiene (WASH)

Irrigation and Flood
Protection Systems

Storage and Post-Harvest
Handling Facilities


For communities to be rebuilt and lives restored, families must have a chance to break the cycle of poverty and dependence on outside assistance. Our team implements a broad range of capacity-building programs (both social and economic) that promote diverse participation, local responsibility, and skill development. These include:


Vocational Training
and Education


Access to Financial


Enterprise Development

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.