goal 1 SHELTER PILOT
Plans for an RSK shelter pilot are at an advanced stage. However we do not have the capacity to carry out this pilot on our own and need assistance with monitoring and evaluation and providing part of the WASH facilities.
goal 2 DISASTER RESPONSE
On completion of a successful pilot, to continue our pro bono training of aid agency staff in how to use and demonstrate the RSK shelter with a view to large scale distribution.
goal 3 SHELTER PREPAREDNESS
Continue to promote our well tested self- help preparedness programes for the most remote and vulnerable communities that face recurring annual hazards.
goal 4 EDUCATION
The RSK concept is little known. Using all levels of the education sytem will greatly assist distributing the method widely. We have drawn up provisional plans of how this can be achieved.
THE NEED FOR SECURE SHELTER
NO FRAMES are supplied to support the hundreds of thousands of tarpaulins distributed each year to displaced families. The makeshift shelters they build are mainly unfit for purpose. The RSK shelter provides a solution.
THE NEED FOR HEALTHIER SHELTER
In 2017 the World Health Organisation reported from Cox’s Bazar that the highest proportion (24%) of recorded deaths in the refugee camps was due to acute respiratory infection. In children under 5 years old the proportion was even higher at 31%.
Improving health and safety is just one of the many structural advantages of using this shelter innovation to prepare for and respond to large scale disasters. This is a powerful tool in the hands of aid agencies and also, for the first time, in the hands of beneficiaries.
One of the main factors that increases the incidence of acute respiratory infections is living in overcrowded and poorly ventilated shelters. The RSK shelter uses a simple innovation that greatly facilitates the building of better ventilated shelters to reduce this hazard .
THE IMPACT ON STAKEHOLDERS
Governments will be able to set up preparedness training in communities at risk and can introduce this simple concept through education in schools.
Donor funding will go further due to the massive savings in valuable bamboo resources that the RSK can achieve and its ability to reduce transportation costs by one third.
Aid agencies will be able to benefit from the economic and logistical savings achieved by using the RSK method of shelter construction. The manpower resources they need will be reduced as displaced families will be able to build their own shelter frames at the point of tarpaulin delivery.
Displaced families will be empowered to build their own shelters in emergency situations where there are minimal resources. They will be able to take full advantage of the health and safety benefits afforded by this method of shelter construction. Ultimately they will adapt the RSK's versatility for their specific needs and be able to "personalise" their own shelter for the first time in ways that have not previously been possible.
THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
The environment will benefit from the positive carbon footprint that this shelter delivers. It achieves this by using the same roof frame for both emergency and temporary shelters and thereby saving considerable timber resources that would otherwise be required to build transitional shelters. The shelter pilot will show how the RSK can save huge amounts of bamboo and thereby highlight its importance to maintaining this sustainable but often limited resource.
It is rare that a new type of shelter can directly improve the health of beneficiaries, especially children, and at the same time improve the safety and welfare of dispaced families. If you or your organisation share any of these goals please make contact so that together we can begin to make a real difference to the lives of displaced families worldwide.
Sean Keogh Halbert
Director RSK Shelter Charity
+44 (0) 7970 106786
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