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 efficient reciprocal frame roof that has a long and proven history in construction.


A new shelter option



ROHINGYA FAMILY BUILD RSK. Bangladesh 2017


Today there are no frames supplied by aid agencies to support the many thousands of tarpaulins that are distributed in a disaster. Displaced families often build poorly constructed makeshift shelters using weak split bamboo for the roof. The RSK addresses this problem by using only complete bamboo poles for its roof frame.


Keeping traditional



BUILDING RSK ROOF FRAME. Bangladesh 2017

Every RSK shelter roof uses a simple but very 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 reverts to traditional methods of construction to support it overhead and complete their shelter.


Far reaching benefits


BETTER VENTILATED SHELTER. Bangladesh 2017


By using 33% less bamboo the RSK not only saves valuable resources but also saves considerable transportation costs.Health benefits include a cooler insulated shelter with improved ventilation. Read about the security features and full advantages of this shelter for both aid agencies and recipient families in KEY BENEFITS.


A first for disaster preparedness


PREPARING FOR FLOODS. Myanmar 2016


Using as few as only 9 bamboo poles the RSK is the first lightweight kit that communities at risk can prepare and store in advance of recurring floods or hazards. By using the same roof frame, families can easily upgrade their shelter to the transitional RSK when further bamboo become available.


An impact on disaster response



DISPLACED FAMILIES .Bangladesh 2017


Ten times as many tarpaulins as tents are often supplied in large scale disasters.

The RSK method of construction will enable aid agencies to use these tarpaulins to build shelters with exceptional speed and efficiency that has not previously been possible. From rural hillsides to urban earthquakes the RSK provides exciting options.


The success of RSK training


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. Myanmar Red Cross have taken their training to Delta villages at risk from flooding and NRC staff 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 get 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 source to engage both public and private stakeholders across the shelter sector.


We will continue to work closely with Shelter Cluster members to ensure that the RSK shelter pilot is professionally monitored and evaluated. At the same time we will continue to generate close links with local shelter organisations and communities at risk to learn how we can improve the shelter further.


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 a new method of emergency shelter construction, the bamboo RSK, that will empower displaced families and aid agencies to better prepare and respond to disasters worldwide.


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

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