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ReciproBoo

practical shelter innovation for disaster relief

 RDC Nepal

Koshi River floods Nepal 2008. Photos by S.Halbert

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Shelters built by families were poor as it is difficult to construct traditional roofs.

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Thousands of homes destroyed by floods.

Nepal is hit by flooding every year. The Koshi river disaster illustrated how vulnerable low lying villages are when heavy rains sweep down from the Himalayas.

In May 2012 I was alerted by colleagues in Nepal of the terrible loss of life in the Aurahi fire. Over 500 homes were lost but we were not equipped to deploy any ReciproBoo shelters which may have helped at the time.

With the above disaters in mind, I have recently been approached by RDC Nepal with ambitions to provide an emergency shelter response using locally sourced materials. With the success of the Medair bamboo workshop in South Sudan as a model, we are looking into demonstrating the shelter to interested local groups and NGOs in Nepal.

I hope individuals and groups that have expressed interest in the recipropcal frame shelter concept will support this initiative in any way they can. In particular we need tarpaulins and supplies of ropes but any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Basic bamboo shelters built by Oxfam engineers. This scale shelter is what the bamboo RSK can empower families to make themselves.

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The bamboo RSK will provide quality shade as it can support foliage like this.

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