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KEY BENEFITS OF RSK : ROOF IS EASY TO THATCH FOR EMERGENCY SHELTER

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First layer of palm leaves complete

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Attaching palm leaves to upper roof frame

EMPOWERING FAMILIES WITH SHELTER BUILDING INDEPENDENCE IN AN EMERGENCY:

The bamboo RSK roof can be easily thatched with available palm leaves.

The reciprocal frame supports the weight of the thatch and two additional quarter split bamboo lengths complete an effective supporting lattice for attaching the palm leaves.

The roof frame can be thatched on the ground and then simply lifted onto support posts to complete the emergency shelter.

In the example opposite the villagers used pre-prepared "panels" of woven palm leaves and although this was the first time they had built the shelter it was completed in less than one hour.

The importance of this is seen in situations where relief tarpaulin delivery is delayed, especially in remote villages.The community can build this temporary roof structure to provide emergency shelter from the sun and rain.

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Lifting the roof onto support posts

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Emergency shelter nearing completion

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