In 2008, Shaun Halbert, led a disaster reponse team to Nepal delivering 600 tents to families made homeless by the Koshi River floods. Three months later he returned to carry out a survey of living conditions in the camps. He reported back that families fortunate enough to be living in tarpauilin and bamboo frame shelters built by Oxfam engineers were enduring far better than those in the badly degraded tents.

However, in previous deployments to disasters is Africa, Asia, Europe and South America he had seen that families invariably struggled to build their own shelters when given a tarpaulin alone. It was these poorly constructed shelters built after the Haiti earthquake that provided him with the final motivation to develop a new type of shelter using tarpaulins. The innovation was to use a unique type of reciprocal frame roof and the result is ReciproBoo shelter.


Core values

The ReciproBoo shelter is a not for profit project. It is "open source" with all data recorded and freely available to everyone on the website www.reciproboo.org.

We are intent on maintaining our grassroots values by continuing to focus on the needs of the individual displaced family. We believe that the ReciproBoo Shelter Kit (RSK) provides new standards of strength, security, comfort and dignity for a family. Our aim is to empower individuals with the ablity to not only build but also to insulate,repair,upgrade and ultimatelyto relocate their shelter in a way that has not been possible before.

At the same time we will continue to engage with all levels of the Shelter Sector to maintain the high standards and professional monitoring required for introducing a new type of shelter.


We are self- funding, with the exception of an anonymous donation for the 2013 Nepal bamboo workshop. The recent grant we received for winning the Aidex Innovation Award has been administered through our registered ReciproBoo Shelter,Heath and Education Charity to fund two training workshops for local and international NGOs in Myanmar. This award also funded our first disaster preparedness program in a village in the Irrawaddy Delta.

Our aims

1. To scale up the deployment of the ReciproBoo Shelter Kits by
setting up disaster preparedness and emergency response

2. To provide the knowledge behind the ReciproBoo shelter
innovation to the hundreds of thousands of displaced people
each year who only receive a tarpaulin, so they have the option
to build their own dignified shelter.

To achieve these aims we are actively looking to partner with organisations that can share our vision and help deliver these initiatives to vulnerable communities worldwide.

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