Testing the Structure with partners in Rwanda

Region: Africa
Country: Rwanda
Year: 2019
Shelter: Structure
Project size: 0-50
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: Local Contractor
Support: Design & Planning, Capacity Building, Assurance, Communications, Logistics

This project was completed in collaboration with a team of engineers in Rwanda to test the Structure in a Sub-Saharan context in the aim to explore several local attachment techniques with materials common in the region.

The 4 Structure units were piloted in Northern Rwanda, near the town of Ruhengeri, at the base of the volcanoes Sabinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura which denote the border between Rwanda and Uganda. The units were assembled by a local crew, with training and technical guidance from the Better Shelter team and upgraded with local materials such as thatch, wattle and daub and bamboo, all locally-available resources in the area.  The units are still standing after 2 years and further evaluations will be conducted.

Read more about the Structure Pilot here and here.