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Our partners in Myanmar train 66 villages how to build RSK shelters

The RSK roof frame can be thought of as a “panel” of 8 bamboo poles that is a simple, strong and highly efficient roof for emergency shelters.

It is designed to “fit” existing relief tarpaulins but it can also be made larger if required. It has the big advantage that it uses existing traditional methods of shelter roof support that are already familiar to all stakeholders in a disaster situation.


By demonstrating this  simple 4 pole reciprocal frame concept to displaced families it is hoped that they will no longer have to build the  poor and inadequate “makeshift” shelter structures  that we  continue to see today.

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 the Reciprocal frame Shelter Kit ( RSK )
is the first complete bamboo shelter kit for disaster relief

This award winning shelter uses a simple innovation that empowers disaster responders and displaced families to rapidly build strong, safe and dignified shelters that meet Sphere guidelines.

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 inside the RSK shelter is a simple innovation 

called a reciprocal frame roof

that has a long and proven

history in construction

this strong and highly efficient roof frame 

 has enabled us to develop the first  complete bamboo shelter kit 

double elevated RSK at MSF training           Cox's Bazar 2018

it provides a solution

to shelters being built with weak split- bamboo lattice roofs


by using only complete bamboo poles in a very strong roof frame 

lattice roof shelter                                       Bangladesh 2017

it helps disaster preparedness

 by  empowering poorer communities to assemble and store  their own personal shelter kit 

preparedness training                                                 Myanmar 2016

and has an impact on disaster response

by facilitating the rapid  building of secure and dignified shelters with exceptional efficiency

refugees build RSKs                                              Bangladesh 2017

it uses 33% less bamboo than any equivalent shelter

resulting in reduced transportation costs and a positive impact on the environment

bamboo for RSK training                                                    Nepal 2013

every RSK shelter starts as a simple kit

in  which all the components are locally available 


and no special tools are required

 RSK shelter kit                                                                Myanmar 2016

a kit that needs only basic skills to assemble

by lashing together the roof frame on the ground and then lifting it onto 4 corner posts

assembling roof frame                                     Bangladesh 2017

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families can then use this same roof frame

to upgrade their emergency shelter to a transitional shelter as needed

a strong frame with additional safety features

that include the ability of the emergency frame to be thatched

 and the low wind profile  option 

for all RSK shelters in a severe storm

thatching a roof frame                                                  Myanmar 2016


and health benefits that improve not only the physical, but also the psychological health of families 

improved ventilation                                                   Bangladesh 2017

a truly modular shelter

with four units making a 40 square metre temporary classroom or large  reception


and taking 6 persons less than 4 hours to assemble

4 unit RSK classroom                                                 Myanmar 2016

a highly versatile shelter

that is easily maintained and adapted to changing needs


including the "urban RSK",

that is freestanding on concrete

for earthquake victims

UNHCR RSK  training                             Myanmar 2017

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our technical support

is mainly from peer reviews by engineers and shelter experts who have built RSK shelters in the field

as well as individual engineers that have provided technical support from the outset of this program

IFRC publish RSK tech sheets                                              Geneva 2015

our RSK training and education courses

 for Shelter Cluster members, international  and local NGOs as well as government engineers are well documented 

model RSK at training                                                    Myanmar 2017

our partners include

 Shelter Cluster members

 as well as local shelter organisations


that are working with communities at risk

NRC giving RSK training                                                            Kachin 2017

 Read about the global impact that the RSK can have and our plans for a shelter pilot

  Rohingya refugees build RSK shelters              Bangladesh 2017

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