RedR SW Hands-on Shelter Weekend 3rd to 4th Oct 2015

This was an opportunity for 12 enthusiastic engineers to come together under the guidance of RedR leaders to gain an insight into the Shelter and WASH sectors. One of the many practical exercises was based on the ReciproBoo bamboo shelter construction.

During instruction I managed to get a few photographs which I am including here. If any of the participants have any further photos of their group please forward to me to add.

I shall give a full report on what I learnt from this exercise shortly. I particularly appreciated the effort of all participants to elevate the basic shelter onto tubular alloy poles for demonstration purposes... we wanted to show the ability of the bamboo reciprocal frame roof to support insulation and in this you were successful.

Many thanks,


A group prepares to pull the main tarpaulin over the basic reciprocal frame shelter. The frame is a credit to the previous groups lashings, bamboo stakes and anchoring square.


Attaching the tarpaulin to the bamboo frame


Roof frame elevated onto tubular alloy "posts". Normally this would be a low masonry wall or heavy bamboo or wooden posts.


Standing space is considerably improved


The elevated frame with a reciprocal frame shelter made from branches in the background


Loading the roof with branches and foliage


Adjusting the prop supports


All branches loaded, roof flexing as expected.
Next time we shall carefully "thatch" the roof frame while it is on the ground , cover this lattice with softer materials and then cover with the tarpaulin before lifting it onto its support posts.

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