Plastic Tarp

Reinforced plastic tarps are not only inexpensive, lightweight and waterproof — when extreme weather hits, they are lifesaving. Your gift will provide tarps to reinforce a refugee family’s shelter against torrential rains and wind.


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“The walls of the house, they were just falling down.”

— Antonio, who lost everything in Cyclone Idai

Striking southern Africa in March 2019, Cyclone Idai wreaked widespread havoc. Thanks to caring Americans, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provided humanitarian assistance to Antonio’s family and other displaced people throughout Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. UNHCR delivered plastic tarps, tents, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, jerry cans for storing clean water, mosquito nets, solar lamps and soap.

Rohingya refugee Alin stands in front of her shelter with her young daughter Yamin. UNHCR supplied the reinforced plastic tarp and bamboo her family used to construct their new home in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp. Although they are safe from the violence in Myanmar, they still need protection from monsoon rains and landslides, which their weatherproof shelter provides.

Rohingya refugee Alin stands in front of her shelter with her young daughter Yamin.

Dhana Lal Tamang, 19, spreads out a reinforced plastic tarp for the roof of his temporary shelter, which the sheeting will protect from heavy rains and wind. Dhana is from the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal, where a 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed and displaced thousands of women, men and children in 2015.

Dhana Lal Tamang, 19, spreads out a reinforced plastic tarp for the roof of his temporary shelter, which the sheeting will protect from heavy rains and wind.

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