Shelter For Life International Inc.

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Shelter For Life International (SFL) is an international faith-based relief and development organization with over 30 years of experience in providing sustainable development and humanitarian assistance to post-conflict countries around the world.

We believe that sustainable communities are built through the shared involvement of local people who are empowered to be an integral part of the rebuilding process. With this grassroots approach, SFL enables people devastated by conflict and disaster to become part of the solution.

We strive to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing cultural sensitivity, community participation, appropriate alternative technologies, and cost-effective methodologies to our programs, which are underpinned by human-centered design. Our results go beyond new shelters, roads and water systems. SFL's comprehensive approach rebuilds communities, offers hope, restores dignity, develops local capacity and creates environments in which communities can thrive.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Shelter For Life International Inc.
10201 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 230
Minnetonka, MN 55305


Phone: (763) 253-4082

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 391657081

CEO/President: Mustafa Omar

Chairman: Brint Patrick

Board size: 6

Founder: Thor and Debi Armstrong

Ruling year: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


To be one of the leading international Christian humanitarian aid organizations, providing disaster relief with long-term development and sustainability.

We address disaster relief and the long-term development needs of the communities we serve, by tailoring and implementing a range of contextually sensitive programs:

Shelter and infrastructure restoration and building

Livelihood and economic development

Education, training and awareness campaigns

Capacity building, self-sufficiency and sustainability

Food security, agriculture and natural resource management

Risk mitigation from geological and weather phenomena

Irrigation systems and access to water

Health, hygiene and sanitation

Mission statement

Demonstrating God's love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to restore their lives and rebuild their communities.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating296 of 111031 of 88
Fund acquisition rating162 of 111119 of 88
Resource allocation rating366 of 111130 of 88
Asset utilization rating715 of 111059 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,377,549$493,664$545,053$390,043$262,840
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$9,711,415$10,255,730$4,274,418$6,753,183$1,282,605
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$35,078$50,409$29,000$19,396$11,745
Other long-term assets$8,075$8,075$8,075$8,075$8,515
Total long-term assets$43,153$58,484$37,075$27,471$20,260
Total assets$9,754,568$10,314,214$4,311,493$6,780,654$1,302,865
Payables and accrued expenses$415,756$510,393$286,451$318,147$141,602
Other current liabilities$7,240,936$8,755,148$3,322,538$5,785,174$578,147
Total current liabilities$7,656,692$9,265,541$3,608,989$6,103,321$719,749
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$689$85$85$25
Total long-term liabilities$0$689$85$85$25
Total liabilities$7,656,692$9,266,230$3,609,074$6,103,406$719,774
Net assets20222021201920182017
Without donor restrictions$2,031,264$981,372$647,803$654,570$570,374
With donor restrictions$66,612$66,612$54,616$22,678$12,717
Net assets$2,097,876$1,047,984$702,419$677,248$583,091
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,827,797$4,906,151$3,405,845$3,363,542$848,006
Program service revenue$3,224,593$1,421,353$1,337,858$953,885$476,330
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$169$116$725$829$8,218
Other revenue$3,600$26,472$1,456$0$5,928
Total other revenue$3,228,362$1,447,941$1,340,039$954,714$490,476
Total revenue$10,056,159$6,354,092$4,745,884$4,318,256$1,338,482
Program services$8,070,944$5,326,221$4,070,267$3,696,430$1,129,350
Management and general$935,116$781,466$647,841$545,690$333,505
Total expenses$9,006,267$6,109,251$4,720,713$4,242,999$1,463,055
Change in net assets20222021201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$1,049,892$244,841$25,171$75,257($124,573)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,049,892$244,841$25,171$75,257($124,573)


Mustafa OmarCEO$199,457
Asfaw SeyoumCFO$192,467
Jamolidin VohidovDirector of International$156,314

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

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Our work was initially sparked when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and millions of Afghans began to pour into Pakistan as refugees. Already at work in Asia, Thor and Debi Armstrong recognized that God was calling them to respond to the tremendous human needs of the Afghan people. They moved to Pakistan with a dedicated team of people in 1982. Their first pilot project began with funding from the UNHCR to build geodesic domes for Afghan refugees.

Shelter Now International (SNI) was officially registered with the Government of Pakistan and Perth, Australia as a non-profit organization. This time saw a great blessing on the ministry, with many new people joining in on the work. As the team ministered to the needs of the Afghan people, SNI developed into a reputable relief and development organization. Over the years, SNI was able to build 1,800 multi-purpose geodesic domes for thousands of refugees, widows, and the disabled. Later, SNI established factories in Pakistan and Afghanistan to produce concrete roof beams and other housing components to be used by families to help rebuild their homes and communities. By 1990, the work prospered and eventually reached a million dollars in annual project expenditures.

SNI was registered as a 501(c) 3 organization with its international headquarters based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Soon after, the Gulf War sent millions of Kurds fleeing from their homes, granting SNI the opportunity to respond to the needs of the Iraqi people and launching the organization as an international NGO.

SNI changed its name to Shelter For Life International in part to reflect its commitment to community development and holistic programs. The purpose of the work, however, remains the same: to go wherever God calls us " provide the poor wanderer with shelter" (Isaiah 58:7 NIV), loving our neighbors as ourselves. SFL also boosted its presence in Afghanistan with funding from WFP.

SFL moved its headquarters to Minneapolis, MN to reflect and facilitate the international focus of the organization. Soon afterward, we began work in what is now South Sudan.

In 2012 we re-established an office in Tajikistan and received funding to begin work in Senegal and Liberia.

Over the years, SFL has served in many countries, including Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Macedonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Western Sahara, primarily in the areas of shelter, construction, and community development. Today, our team continues to work on numerous projects across the world funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), World Food Program (WFP) and the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM).

Program accomplishments

30 years - Of providing sustainable development solutions for internally displaced persons, refugees, ecological migrants, and disaster victims.

80% of funds - Go directly to our projects, including population movement and settlement, public infrastructure reconstruction, and social & economic development projects.

100+ projects - Assisting people around the world to restore their lives, and rebuild their communities.