The ReciproBoo Shelter Kit (RSK) : solving a shelter problem

The following examples illustrate how the RSK can
help solve shelter problems in a disaster situation.


the RSK solution:

Shelter required for 100,000 families.

But high cost of tents means that
shelter provided for only 40,000 families.

The remaining 60,000 families at present receive a tarpaulin but no frame to support it.


Difficult terrain.

Steep hillsides.

Massive amount of rubble.

Unsuitable for erecting tents

the RSK solution:


Tents provide poor quality shade.

Inside temperatures often unbearable during the day.

A family sit under branches rather than under an overheated tarpaulin.


If bamboo is available special skills are needed to construct a roof.

Shelters built by families are often a basic "A" frame and poorly made.


Nepal 2013 Photo S.Halbert


the RSK solution:

Tent materials degrade rapidly in intense UV radiation, especially
polyester and fibreglass.

Zip closures fail and modern tents can be difficult to repair.

Provide a steel or bamboo shelter kit with triple laminated tarpaulins.

Provide a shelter without modern fixings that can easily be repaired.

This is the steel or bamboo RSK.

The RSK uses straight bamboo or steel poles that are easy to repair

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