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Monsoon Proof Roof (FREE)

Topic: Properties and changes of materials

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Practical Action supports families in local communities in Bangladesh to build flood- proof homes. Severe flooding, which is likely to continue to get worse due to climate change, has repeatedly swept their homes and, in some cases, their land away.

Villagers work together to build raised plinths on which to construct their newly designed homes. Wells have also been raised to avoid contamination.

New homes have jute panels for the walls which are cheap to produce and resistant to the floods. They are held in place by treated bamboo poles.

This activity focuses on the final part of the house, the roof. Children will investigate whether a local material, straw, is the best material to use or if a different material would be better; something which is an issue, not just in Bangladesh.

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