Weʼve raised £500 to Build 300 bamboo RSK shelters for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
- Woolwich, London.
- Funded on Monday, 9th July 2018
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The Rohingya refugee crisis
Latest OCHA report. December 2017
646,000 newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar are adding massive pressure to services in existing refugee camps and in makeshift settlements. Basic services are now badly outstripped, including water, health, and particularly shelter and sanitation. Conditions in the settlements and camps are now so critical that disease outbreaks are a looming prospect.
It is these most vulnerable refugees, of which 64% are children, that I am aiming to provide shelter for.
The existing makeshift shelters are very poorly constructed using highly combustible split bamboo and thin plastic sheeting. They provide poorly ventilated and cramped living space that results in condensation inside the shelter and the formation of mould. This together with smoke from cooking fires is a serious health hazard especially for children and the elderly.
A material start has been made.
I recently visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh and took the opportunity to built 6 bamboo ReciproBoo Shelter Kits (RSKs) for newly arrived displaced families. The response, assistance and enthusiasm I received from the Rohingya families while building these shelters has further motivated me to return and build 300 more shelters for the most needy families.
The bamboo RSK shelter
The award* winning RSK shelter uses a simple but exceptionally strong and efficient reciprocal frame roof. This well proven method of construction enables the roof frame to be pre- assembled on the ground and then lifted onto support posts thereby providing a higher and much better ventilated shelter. The following video clip shows us instructing and assisting Rohingya refugees to build their own personal shelters:
The RSK shelter not only provides well defined health benefits... cooler insulated and well ventilated...but also uses 33% less bamboo than any equivalent traditional shelter thereby saving already depleted valuable bamboo resources. Full details of these "KEY BENEFITS" of the RSK can be found on my website :www.reciproboo.org
How your donation will be used
The complete RSK shelter kit above costs £38 to assemble and deliver to the refugees in Cox's Bazar. It includes two IFRC standard 6m x 4m tarpaulins. These high specification tarpaulins are triple laminated, tear resistant and most importantly fire retardant. The kit is completed with 8 bamboo poles, 4 bamboo posts and lashing material.
Your donation will enable me to provide 300 of these kits for Rohingya families. I will then, as before, engage the assistance of the local shelter NGOs to organise teams of Rohingya volunteers to build their own shelters.
100% of your donation will be used for the shelters, there will be no administration fees.
Long term commitment
I have worked as an independent shelter relief volunteer for 12 years; most recently providing bamboo RSK shelter preparedness training for NGO staff and villages at risk from flooding with the Red Cross in Nepal and Myanmar.
I believe in empowering families to help themselves when hit by disaster. The RSK is the first shelter kit that enables a family to build their own dignified personal shelter that they can repair and maintain until permanent housing is provided.
My belief in the benefits of the RSK relief shelter have seen me self- funding the first 4 years of researching and developing the RSK. Since registration earlier this year I now administer all donations through the Charity.
If I can secure funds to build these 300 shelters I will expand the program to build further RSK shelters.
Sincere thanks for your donation, Shaun Halbert
* The RSK won the 2015 AidEx Aid Innovation Challenge. This award is open to design agencies, engineering companies and also individuals - anyone who has a new concept or product that will save or improve lives.
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Shaun Halbert is a retired vet and volunteer disaster relief worker. Working for 6 years in Nepal and Myanmar he has designed and developed the bamboo RSK shelter that uses a strong and versatile reciprocal frame roof. He has now started building RSKs for the Rohingya refugees.
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