The ReciproBoo Shelter Kit (RSK)



RSK FLOOD PREPAREDNESS. Myanmar 2016


The RSK is an award winning innovation that greatly facilitates the building of bamboo emergency and transitional disaster relief shelters. It uses a strong and highly efficient reciprocal frame roof that has a long and proven history in construction.


Improving shelter construction



ROHINGYA FAMILY BUILD DOUBLE RSK. Bangladesh 2017

In a disaster families often struggle to build the traditional bamboo lattice roof of their shelter using split bamboo and canes.The result is relatively weak poorly constructed shelters. The RSK solves this problem by using only complete and therefore very strong bamboo poles for its roof frame.


Rapid assembly using basic skills



BUILDING RSK ROOF FRAME. Bangladesh 2017

Every RSK shelter roof uses a simple but strong arrangement of 4 bamboo poles overlapped in turn to form a reciprocal frame. Once this frame is lashed together on the ground the family can then use traditional methods of construction to support it overhead and complete their shelter.


Strong and secure


LOWERING THE RSK ROOF TO SURVIVE A SEVERE STORM. Myanmar Delta village 2016


The RSK roof can support insulation and even be thatched in an emergency. As the corner posts and not the RSK walls support the roof, any materials, from mud bricks to bamboo lattices, can be used to infil the walls and make the shelter more secure. The family also have the option to lower the roof frame in minutes to a low wind profile shelter in severe storms.


Clear health benefits


IMPROVED VENTILATION AT EAVES LEVEL. Rohingya refugees Bangladesh 2017


The RSK roof provides improved ventilation to reduce condensation, mould growth and the incidence of respiratory diseases. A cooler insulated shelter improves comfort and helps reduce dehydration in debilitated individuals.

A modular shelter


4 UNIT CLASSROOM. Myanmar Delta village 2016

Four RSK units assembled together can make a temporary classroom or large 40 square metre covered reception. Assembly by 6 persons takes less than 4 hours.


Both an emergency and a transitional shelter


THE SAME ROOF FRAME IS USED FOR EMERGENCY AND TRANSITIONAL SHELTERS


The same roof frame used for the emergency RSK can be used to upgrade to an elevated transitional RSK shelter, thereby saving considerable rebuilding costs. As RSKs are easily disassembled and moved they can also be used for temporary shelter while homes are being rebuilt.


Resource and cost efficient


BAMBOO IS A LIMITED RESOURCE. Nepal Koshi River disaster 2008


The RSK uses 33% less bamboo than any equivalent shelter thereby saving not only a valuable resource but also potentially huge savings in transportation costs. The complete elevated RSK, including 2 tarpaulins costs less than $40 and a 4 unit temporary classroom $80.

A first for disaster preparedness


PREPARING FOR FLOODS. Myanmar Delta village 2016


Using only 9 bamboo poles the basic emergency RSK is the first lightweight kit that enables communities at risk to prepare and store their own personal shelter in advance of recurring floods or hazards.


An impact on disaster response


DISPLACED FAMILIES. Bangladesh 2017


The RSK method of construction will enable aid agencies to build shelters,often assisted by displaced families, with exceptional speed and efficiency that has not previously been possible. From rural landslides and floods to urban earthquakes the RSK provides some very special shelter options.


Countries making a start with the RSK



JOINT TRAINING WITH UNHCR. Myanmar 2017

Over 300 INGO and local NGO Shelter Sector staff in Myanmar,Nepal and Bangladesh have trained to use the RSK. The Myanmar Red Cross have taken their training to Delta villages at risk from flooding and the NRC staff have taken their RSK training to IDP camps in Kachin State.


Our technical support



IFRC TECHNICAL SHEETS RSK. Geneva 2016


Most of our support is from peer reviews by engineers, architects and shelter experts that have built RSK shelters. By working with bamboo communities at risk, most recently Rohingya refugees, we also receive invaluable local knowledge.

The IFRC Technical Sheets 1311499 publication is based on the RSK shelter.


Funding for RSKs goes a long way



COMPLETE RSK SHELTER. $US 35. Bangladesh 2017

Until winning the AidEx award in 2015 the project was self-funded. The Aidex grant together with support from Montgomery Ltd, anonymous donors and tarpaulins from NRS International has enabled us to provide the RSK training in Myanmar and Bangladesh. All funds are administered through our registered ReciproBoo Shelter, Health and Education Charity.


Education opportunities for everyone



TEACHING WITH RSK MODELS. Myanmar 2016

The reciprocal frame concept behind the RSK is something new to both aid organisations and beneficiaries. We have set out a plan of teaching in primary and secondary schools that can greatly assist in getting the RSK method widely disseminated throughout a country.


Our partners



NRC TAKE THEIR RSK TRAINING TO IDP CAMPS. Myanmar 2017

The RSK project is open to engaging both public and private stakeholders across the shelter sector. Our partners include Shelter Cluster members who we work closely with to ensure that the RSK project is professionally monitored and evaluated. At the same time we will continue our close links with local shelter organisations and communities at risk.


The RSK pilot project is next



RSK SINGLE SHELTER. Bangladesh 2017

The bamboo RSK has successfully met all the challenges we have set it in four countries over the last 8 years. These have included wind tunnel tests, university engineering research, training workshops and field trials. The next stage will be a pilot project to evaluate the use of the RSK in the hands of displaced families.


Our goal



THE DOUBLE RSK . Bangladesh 2018


"To provide an improved method of emergency shelter construction, the bamboo RSK, that will empower displaced families and aid agencies to better prepare and respond to disasters worldwide"

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This video clip shows RSK shelters being built by Rohingya families in Kutupalong makeshift camp in October 2017.

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