Shelter For Ukraine

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Given by 592 generous donors in 11 weeks

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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Back at The TMI  20 May 2022

Hi everyone,

We’re back at the TMI and we’ve had a very productive week. We’ve been getting the second barn all ready for concrete laying; to create a stable floor. Norman (in the picture) is getting ready to hang one of the many doors in the building and our next delivery of materials is due soon - so we’re in the swing of things. Our next group of volunteers / workers are getting ready to come to the TMI, so we’ll have lots to update you on in the coming weeks as we get things progressing more.

If you know anyone on this side of the world who would be interested in coming to help out, please put us in touch. The more help we can get, the faster we can get everything up and running.

Thanks again, to all those who have donated and to those who created fundraisers with their community to donate the funds to Shelter For Ukraine, it is so appreciated.

Until the next update.

Much love,

Tam & Tris ( and the team)

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Guest Donor 21 hours ago
God Bless
Lesley on 19 May 2022
Sara on 14 May 2022
Keep up the great work
Louise on 12 May 2022
We are so proud of you guys. 👏 We wish we could be there with you. We put on a roller disco for Kaiwaka school. It was so much fun. The community all, pulled together and we managed to raise $250 dollars. Keep up he good work. We love you. Lou, Rupe and Lily xxx
Tristram Shackerley-Bennett

Oh guys, you're ace!! Thanks so much to you three and thanks to the Kaiwaka community!!

Tristram Shackerley-Bennett
O’Leary on 07 May 2022

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