Shelter For Ukraine

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Given by 594 generous donors in around 4 months

Helping shelter Ukrainian Refugees in Slovakia


Shelter for Ukraine is an Aotearoa/New Zealand-based project to help Ukrainian refugees by urgently giving safe housing.

We’re Tristram (from the UK) & Tamara (from NZ) - the founders of the Taylor McCabe Institute (, which owns two 90-foot long barns on half an acre of land in Nemcinany, Slovakia –5 hours from the Ukrainian border.

We were in the process of converting the barns into a skill-swap school for adults. Power, water and other services were connected, but when Covid hit work was put on hold.

The half-finished buildings provide an opportunity to offer housing for Ukrainian refugees. We can house over 40 people for at least 2 years.

The immediate need is for us to travel to Slovakia to provide hands-on help. We have a team of builders ready to go. The first job is to install insulation, as the temperature in Slovakia at this time of year is around -8°C/17°F.

Our initial fundraising goal covers all the necessary essentials. As soon as we arrive in Slovakia, we’ll use a minibus to taxi the first 12 people from the Ukrainian border to immediate warm and safe housing.

Although we’ve got a stellar team, many hands make light work. If you’re able to volunteer your skills (in NZ or Europe) and time to travel to Slovakia to help us, please email

Any donation is appreciated and the sooner we can reach our fundraising goal, the sooner we can provide shelter.

Tristram Shackerley-Bennett's involvement (page creator)

Co-Founder of Shelter For Ukraine, which is using the Taylor McCabe Institute to provide safe housing for Ukrainians.

Use of funds

Direct urgent costs.

Insulation: $15,000

Food & essential life costs: $42,000

Timber framing & board: $18,000

Kitchen equipment: $6,000

Toilets & bathrooms: $6,000

Electrics: $5,000

Refugee minibus: $12,000

Discounted labour cost for month one: $28,000

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New deliveries  20 June 2022

Hi Friends,

We've been hard at it, since our last update, with some big changes happening this week. We have had a delivery of wood and steel, which we've been cleaning and prepping, to go into the second barn.

The team are all working so hard and we are so proud of what we are accomplishing here, despite all the difficulties we've had with supply chains and lead times.

In the next week the steels should be going in to support the roof and second floor of the barn. So we will post some more updates and images very soon.

Thanks again for all your support, it truly means so much.

Much love, Tam, Tris and the TMI team.

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Gijs on 24 Jun 2022
Robyn on 21 Jun 2022
Well done guys
Chris on 06 Jun 2022
Go hard great job
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Guest Donor on 04 Jun 2022
I would like to have a Ukraine person stay with me for a few months ( N.Z but there appears to be no way of that occurring via govt visas, surely overseas residents could book in to study in NZ in July 2022 in some way This site is the best way to help in the war concerns
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Guest Donor on 03 Jun 2022
Thanks for what you are doing. Good luck with the fundraising and providing this wonderful shelter for so many Ukrainian refugees.

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