Lifeshelter® - Pilot study in Kurdish Region Iraq
Experience the main reasons why refugees would choose Lifeshelter®
We are now housing 34 Syrian families in Lifeshelter®s.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is currently doing pilot studies of Lifeshelter® in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. DRC is one of the largest implementing partners for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).
The project was launched in September 2014 by erecting 10 Lifeshelter®s to house the first Syrian refugees in Kurdish region Iraq camp.
Evershelter ApS, developer of Lifeshelter®, were on site to instruct a team of 6 locals how to erect the shelters. They managed very well, and the locals have now erected all the shelters, now counting 34 shelters in total to house Syrian refugees.
In October 2014, Gert Lüdeking (Shelter expert) and Jakob Christensen (Developer) visited Kurdish region Iraq again to launch a monitoring program and to receive the first feedback. Gert introduced the local DRC staff to the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The actual data collection will be managed by the local DRC staff in 2015, and finally the data will be analyzed by Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE).
The initial feedback from the beneficiaries was overwhelming. It became very clear to us that living in a Lifeshelter® compared to a tent, is a huge improvement when it comes to safety, privacy and comfort. The most prevailing advantages mentioned by the beneficiaries were:
▪ Feeling safe from intrusion, as they were able to lock the door.
▪ Increased privacy as Lifeshelter® is much more sound proof than tents and it does not allow strangers to peek inside.
▪ Feeling safe during extreme weather conditions as Lifeshelter® is much more sturdy than tents.
The design of the Lifeshelter® rehousing solution is based on utilizing a well-insulated, curved construction panel. The self-supporting shelter is easy to erect, even without skilled labor, and it does not require any special tools. Long term, the shelter can be disassembled, transported and re-utilized as a roof structure, or as insulation, in permanent dwellings.
See more photos on http://instagram.com/lifeshelter
And see the videos from the camp here on our Youtube channel