South Sudan bamboo RSK workshop

In 2012 Medair received funding to implement an emergency shelter programme in South Sudan based on the ReciproBoo Shelter kit (RSK).

This followed a demonstration and bamboo workshop supported by Sudanese returnee camp residents ( see photos opposite).

Locally procured materials such as bamboo poles, ropes, and recycled rubber tyre strips were to be used to construct 1,000 reciprocal frame shelters.

Potential beneficiaries were vulnerable families returning permanently to South Sudan from Sudan or internally displaced persons affected by tribal or militia violence.

However, heavy rains in the region caused extensive flooding in July 2012, with some areas under 75cm of water. This meant that NGOs, including Medair, had to focus on other NFIs that were urgently needed at the time (including mosquito nets, blankets and life support kits).

As the situation in South Sudan continues to deteriorate it is hoped that bamboo reciprocal frame shelters can contribute to the emergency effort in the near future.

We shall keep this site further updated as the project unfolds.

Further information on Medair at

South Sudan update January 2014 Thousands of displaced people are seeking shelter under trees The RSK is a shelter option that could meet the needs of these people and the following slides have been set up with this in mind. In particular, this shelter uses 30% less bamboo than any other type of shelter thereby making maximum use of limited bamboo resources. It is cooler than a tent and can be rapidly erected and taken down to be easily carried by families on the move. [Read more about these benefits]

The RSK is a lightweight kit using only 7 bamboo poles that can easily be carried

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