Shelter For Life International Inc
Shelter for Life International (SFL) (Maple Grove, MN, USA) provides emergency relief and redevelopment services to communities--around the world--that are torn apart by natural disasters. This article profiles SFL's work in helping the Pakistani communities that were devastated by the October 2005 Kashmir earthquake, a disaster which killed nearly 75,000 and displaced an estimated 3,000,000. In doing so, it discusses how SFL's work is helping the residents in the affected communities acquire new skills as a result of their participation in the relief efforts, skills that range from building and engineering to finance and recruiting. It also looks at SFL's work in developing a network consisting of international organizations that have contributed the funds needed to implement this redevelopment effort.