practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

Medair pilot shelter programme South Sudan

Medair has received funding to implement an emergency shelter programme in South Sudan based on a ReciproBoo Shelter kit (RSK). This follows a recent demonstration and bamboo workshop supported by Sudanese returnee camp residents. Locally procured materials such as bamboo poles, ropes, and recycled rubber tyre strips were used to construct reciprocal frame shelters.

Medair’s pilot shelter programme will target 1,000 households for shelter kit distributions this year. Potential beneficiaries are vulnerable families returning permanently to South Sudan from Sudan, internally displaced persons affected by tribal or militia violence, or refugees who have fled recent violence in Sudan. The RSK model is simple enough to be demonstrated to large groups of beneficiaries, but Medair will assist individual families with erection of the shelter, as needed, and instruct them on its long-term potential use as a more permanent shelter at their final destination.

The ability to carry the lightweight RSK will be a considerable benefit to families in transit and, depending on how successful the distribution is in South Sudan, Medair hopes to repeat the aid for refugees in D.R. Congo and Somalia/Somaliland.

 For more information on Medair visit their website www.medair.org

Update 12th September 2012

Heavy rains in the region have caused extensive flooding with some areas under 75cm of water. This has meant NGOs, including Medair, have had to focus on NFIs that are urgently needed to save lives ie mosquito nets, blankets and life support kits. This vital assistance to IDP / returnee households is saving lives and will continue as a priority over shelter needs. I hope that the bamboo reciprocal frame shelters can contribute to the emergency effort in the near future and I shall keep this site further updated as the project unfolds.

Shaun Halbert
ReciproBoo Director

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