ReciproBoo Pilot Scheme

What type of assistance do we need?

Working with an NGO or a group operating in the relief sector that has an existing proven logistics framework would be ideal, but all options will be considered.

The disaster in the Philippines has now highlighted the urgency with which this shelter kit is needed, so we are now open to a Corporate partnerships that can expedite this goal.

What benefits are there for a partner?

An opportunity to participate in this exciting innovation in sustainable shelter and share in the publication of the results of the scheme for the benefit of all who work in the relief sector. Other specific needs of a partner can also be accommodated.

Why a pilot scheme?

This pilot scheme will have unique advantages over any other type of shelter deployment..

 In particular is the shelter's ability to support heavy insulation which makes it suitable for both hot and cold climates. The shelter is also adaptable to both urban and mountainous terrains.

This shelter has no high tech parts; all the RSK components are already available in the relief sector and it is just a matter of assembling them for each kit.

This will be an opportunity to demonstrate the advantages of the reciprocal frame shelter when deployed in a disaster situation.

Provisional Pilot Scheme.


The scheme proposes to assess the utility of the reciprocal frame shelter under field conditions.

Materials and costs

The cost of this small order of 25 kits will be £980.
This 464 Kg shipment conveniently packs to less than 1 cubic metre for transportation on a pick-up truck. As all the materials, including the two standard 6 x 4m relief tarpaulins can be sourced from any relief suppliers worldwide, it is anticipated this will result in considerable savings in transportation and distribution costs.

If funding is available the pilot can be scaled up accordingly: eg 250 kits will be £9,800
and 1,000 kits £39,200.

Table 1

25 x ReciproBoo Kits Weight (kg) Cost (£)
500 x steel poles 190 400
50 x tarpaulins 240 465
1,000 metres x polypropylene rope 14 50
1,250 metres x sisal twine 5 25
125 hooks 5 20
250 pegs 10 20
TOTAL 464 Kg £980


We are sensitive to the need for any trial to be conducted with careful consideration to all the beneficiaries’ requirements. In order to ensure that the best protocols are followed we are inviting experienced partners to assist us with this objective. The pilot scheme in its simplest form can be an “add on” to wherever tarpaulins are being distributed in the knowledge that it can only improve the utility of the tarpaulins being given. Other more specific target options are open to discussion.

Monitoring and evaluation

Careful assessment of the use of the kit by beneficiaries will be carried out at all stages. After an appropriate period of time, a detailed Q&A will also be performed alongside semi-structured interviews. Feedback on all aspects of the shelter will be detailed and recorded. It is envisaged that this detailed qualitative and quantitative data will be presented and published for the benefit of all future stakeholders.

Beneficiary participation

Beneficiary participation will be actively encouraged and locals trained to assemble the shelter themselves. Where bamboo resources are available, the skills already used locally can be applied to this shelter construction.


This shelter can truly be called sustainable. All materials can be locally sourced and used not only for an emergency shelter but also for constructing a transitional shelter. The steel poles are of uniform length and straight making them interchangeable with wood or bamboo. The shelter encourages the construction of low stone walls for elevating the roof and is ideal for incorporating gabion blocks or rammed earth panels. If available, the complete shelter can be built from bamboo.

Expectations for the shelter

This simple concept will provide considerable dual benefits for both the beneficiaries and Aid Agencies in sustainable shelter construction (see The impact of this pilot scheme is envisaged to be far reaching and lead to the widespread use of reciprocal frame shelters by the relief sector.

Team background

Shaun Halbert:
Trained in disaster response. 5 years’ experience deploying shelters worldwide. Associated medical training with a particular interest in family health and welfare problems associated with living in tents long term.

Wanda Halbert:
Humanitarian work in Sri Lanka post Tsunami and Central America. Drawing on wide research and project management experience to take leading role in ReciproBoo shelter promotion.

If you or your organisation are able to lend your assistance please make contact with:

Project Manager: Wanda Halbert
Twitter: @reciproboo

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