RHU Refugee Housing Unit

UNHCR and OTB Foundation together in Niger to offers a dignified and safe way of living for people forced from home


million stateless people in the world


m2 RHU floor space


total beneficiaries of the project


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, preserving human rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. The Refugee Housing Unit project support families who must stay in refugee camps for years; for them, there is an urgent need to provide with safe and durable shelter. This will protect families from the elements and ill health; and will offer a dignified and safe way of living for those forced from home


Sustainable and durable shelter

The OTB Foundation donated to Niger refugees more than 20 units to UNHCR. The Refugee Housing Unit (RHU) is a self-standing, sustainable and durable shelter. All the units have panels to make up bedrooms, a kitchen area, a lockable door and a LED lamp which provides more than six hours of light. These features may sound basic, but for people who fled their village in Nigeria, they represent a considerable leap in privacy, comfort and security. Units can host up until five people and have a 3-year lifespan. A steel metal frame covered with opaque plastic and semi-hard roof and walls provides refugees with a higher level of dignity and privacy. A lockable door from both sides lets refugees –women and children especially – feel safe

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 70.8 million of people around the world have been forced from home. Among them, there are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people who have been denied the nationality and the access to fundamental rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom. In a world where nearly one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution, UNHCR work is more important than ever before. Full-time statisticians in UNHCR’s Field Information and Coordination Section track the number of people forced to flee when a major displacement crisis erupts. In this way, we can predict how many people need helphow much help they need, and how many staff we must deploy. These figures are released every year in our Global Trends and Global Appeal reports