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Türkiye Temsilcimiz

Relief-Tents, Türkiye Temsilcimiz 
Recep Alkan 
9114 Sokino 14 
Daire 11 
Yesilyurt Karabaglar 
+90 536 331 72 54 
turkish and german speaking contact in Germany
Kevser Alkan +49 157 86751168
english and german speaking contact in Germany
Helmut Wunder +49 6103 3011835

Additional information and suggestions

Our suggestions for modifications
Tent poles
Tent poles must be flexible in case of storms and gust of wind. Our proposal for the wall poles is a natural flexible material - bamboo. Bamboo is used sucessfull in Asia to build scaffolding. Customers of mine have used it with good results as tent poles. Bamboo poles are light, flexibel and one of the most cost-saving tent poles. This argument is as well valid to the long tent poles to lift up the center.

Wall tarps will be additionally equiped with the well-proven wind flaps we use at the triangle tarps.

Tent floor
The tent floor will be constructed as a closed basin, lifted up inside the side walls and fixed to the tent poles.
Advantages: The ground area will be windtight, when it is sevearly raining water floods may even flow under the floor through the tent, the tent wall is protected against rotting because it does not touch the ground and can kept in distance to permanent ground moisture.

All possibilities to heat can be used, this means open fire, a stove fed with wood or coal, gas stove, electric heating, and a free combination of all of them.

There are as many possibilities for cooking as it is for heating.
Available cookers can be placed anywhere in the tent.

Warm atmosphere
The walls will be equipped to a double wall made from a thin layer of felt.
Advantages: The double wall is isolationg, felt is breathable, has a very good trying characteristic, the roughend surface avoids condensation. Thin felt is not dimensionally stable. We have got the know how and a solution and offer you our own development.

When using open fire the roof will be heated and the infrared rays will go down to heat every corner of the tent.
When using stoves a inner felt roof will be used. Over a long period of time condesation may take place and the felt can get wet. For our tent is open, the fire opening, the needed ventilation in long term use is perfectly given to keep everything dry to preserve a good isolation.

Sectioning inside
As the drawing shows, we suggest a sectioning in segments.
Number and function of the segments is variable.
The inner cabins will be provided as complete modules.
Number and function has to fit to the needs of the families.
The cabin starts from the wall at about 1.8 m and elevates towards the center up to 2.1m - 2.2m.
The length of the cabin should be 2m - 2.2m. The drawing shows scaled 2m.

We suggest two types of cabins - Sleeping and Function.

Walls and ceiling of the sleeping cabins should be made from felt.

The function cabins should be made from normal tent fabric cause of mechanical impacts. A ceiling is not needed. When used as a kitchen it must be open on top cause of the ventilation.

Outer extensions
Alternativ or additional to an inner sectioning with cabins, we have the possibility to extend with apsis.

Hint: If wished or needed, a apsis can be put to another apsis to make it a long apsis

How the type of tent influences the work of relief-organisations
All or nothing versus step by step

Conventional tents which are used in catastrophe relief
- are in one package,
- the package is very heavy,
- they are not expandable
- if they have a inner sectioning it is not flexible
- if tent poles break, you need original tent poles for replacement
- if zippers are damaged you have big trouble
- and so on.
Our type of tent avoids these problems and leads to new advantages!

Better use of transport capacities
- You can separate tent-skin and the heavy objects like poles and pegs, but you can have complete packages if you want.

Relief to the victims - step by step

- First step
You start relief work sheltering people with "Relief-Home" (tipi-like). Transportation capacity is limited, so you can fully use it to transport only tent tarps, because people can use local materials, like trees. If not available you deliver complete packages - the poles and pegs as well - but mostly not necessary.

Here you see one complete "Relief-Home" - shelter and heat for a whole familiy
space for 8 grown ups, even more persons when with children - only 11.5 kg - (Van 2011, Turkey)

Victim cutting his own poles from local source to pitch up his donated "Relief-Home" (Van 2011)
- Using local sources reduces transport volume and transport weight
- Additional work of the victims releases the members of relief-teams, more help is possible

Half an hour later - fire is burning -
The familiy is protected against bad weather conditions.
Victims with helpers (Van 2011) 
- Second step
You expand the system with an expansion set to "Relief-Hall" (yurt-like) according to the number of family members. A "small Relief-Hall" with 5 instead of the typical 6 elements is possible (see picture below), also an "expanded Relief-Hall" (see picture below).
Light and flexible side poles should be delivered. Heavy duty pegs make sure that under stormy conditions the tent will be fixed well onto the ground.
Your people experienced it and can confirm that the pegs in standard packages did not even stand the normal use and came out of the ground.

"Relief-Hall" - red tent at right side at the tent show room (Van 2011)
A donation, which remains for a victim family
- Third step
Families get additional inner cabins and outer apsis. Stoves and other heavy equipment and furniture follows.

With our product you become highly flexible. You know that the first hours and days are the most important. In this phase you are able to transport more relief tents in shorter time to the victims.
A maximum quality for life is reached by the flexible inner sectioning, which enables more or less a normal life.
Our tent type is the only in the world which enables so many possibilities.
Please tell us, if we go wrong.

Growing size
a modular system

4 tarp tent, intermediate use up to 8 grown ups

5 tarp tent, intermediate use up to 16 grown ups

6 tarp tent, intermediate use up to 24 grown ups

6 tarp tent enhanced (additional midsection) - a plus of 12.5 square meters


Social aspekts in long term relief
Additionally we have the flexibility to locate the production wherever you want. Our manufacturing partner Mrs. Kevser Alkan is the ideal person for turkey. Mrs. Alkan and me are convinced that it is necessary to bring jobs to the region hit by the disaster. We are willing to establish a tent production plant in the government of Van. We are convinced that Turkish money invested in relief tents should remain in the country and should not be used for jobs and taxes paid in foreign countries.

All orders from government and all actuell orders and all orders in the future of private people should remain in Turkey, especially in the region hit by the disaster, we ensure it by our turkish contact office.
We wish to produce where our production gives needed help.

We are sure to offer the best product in the world

- shelter and heat within a very short period brought to the people
- waterproof
- designed for heavy duty, freezy temperatures and snow
- strength through flexibility to withstand wind
- repair by thread and needle, no special material needed
- broken poles can be replaced by wooden poles taken from nature
- our fabric is strong, durable, breathable, moisture regulating
- different qualities available - strength, water resistance
- wide range of different colours
- no poisoning by by tent fabric,
  our fabric is tested to harmful substances according to oekotex 100

- we offer standard fabric and if wished we process fabric that meets flame retardant standards
- all accessories like tapes are our own development, not available in world market
- everything is heat resistent higher than 400°C
- and so on

Even more requirements?

If we did not meet all your aspects and requirements you expect, lets talk.

In this case let us start a project to design your dream of a tent.

We are competent in quality manangement and quality technics.
We start our projects with "Quality Function Deployment - QFD" to identify all requirements.
Requirementw of victims, relief personnel, government.
Requirements which derive from the metereologic and geographic situation.
Restriction by material, workforce, capital.

The result(s) are monitored by "Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)"

When having the final design we plan the production process involving "cost to quality" and will have first a "Process FMEA" to monitor the result to be cost optimized and quality optimized.
You can be sure, that our production follows the rules of highest efficency fixed to a defined quality level. A high level quality management system according to ISO 9001, EFQM will be established.

I am an experienced consultant in quality management and supported many companies. I am trainer in quality technics, EFQM-Assessor, Black Belt (project leader for improvment projects) and Black Belt Trainer, certified Siemens partner in quality management and trainer for auditors. Siemens gave me the confidence to develop seminars like "Supplier Auditor / Lead Auditor" and "Benchmarking of quality management systems". Chairman of the working group "Quality management in education" of DGQ - German Association for Quality Management. Member in a working group "Systematic quality management in services" of DIHK - German Chamber of Commerce. Member in a working group "Tent frame" of DIN - German Standard Organisation.



Introduction to our modular disaster relief tents

What do the victims of a catastrophe need first?

- A roof over their heads for the family (group tent),
- heating for when it's cold and
- a permanent protected cooking-space.

All three requirements are united in the Relief-Tent system.
And in the appropriate areas nature even provides the tent poles and pegs.

Relief-Tent tents are noted for their low weight and low volume. They can be easily pitched - it only takes 10 minutes - and easily transported.

As in some areas the tent poles can be taken from nature only the tent canvas have to be transported, e.g. by helicopter to the victims in inaccessible areas. The rest such as poles, pegs and heating material is provided by nature. This means the people on the ground can be immediately protected from the elements, for example in mountainous regions such as it was in Turkey or Nepal in winter after an earthquake. For areas where poles cannot be taken from nature such as the steppes or deserts relief agencies can have poles made to fit the purpose and take them with them.

The Relief-Tent system is modular. This means that tents e.g. for meetings and central cooking similar to a yurt can be put together from standard canvasses, thereby ensuring communities are kept together.

The people can remain in their home areas, in their villages and the locally available resources such as water, fuel and food supplies can be used.

The people won't be uprooted and need not be collected together to be cared for and protected from the elements in refugee camps. The tent is a good substitute for a house in the interim period until homes are rebuilt. Farm work can continue ensuring the continuance of a food supply and cattle can be still be cared for.

The Relief-Tent modular system dramatically reduces the efforts of the relief agencies per victim as transport costs can be reduced by at least 50 percent.

The lightest canvas section only weighs 2.7 kg. A tent for a maximum of 8 people can be made from only four sections (10.8 kg). This means that even in areas where the poles also have to be delivered a lot of weight is saved when compared with the usual tent. This in turn means that first aid can be provided a lot more quickly and that twice as many tents can be distributed using the same transport efforts. The number of victims suffering for example from the cold is thus reduced by the same proportion.

As a result more victims can be better supplied, the efficiency of first aid and continuous aid is dramatically improved when using the Relief-Tent modular system and costs are simultaneously lowered.


Ideal for
disaster relief

protection and heat
fast to the victims
easily pitched up
What are Relief-Home and Relief-Hall?
The typical tent of the Sami People in Northern Europe, the Kåta, inspires Relief-Home, which is similar to a tipi.
The Relief-Home consists of 4 tarps and a topcover. It can be easily set up with two poles, which can be found in the woods.
Relief-Home will fit up to 8 people including some equipment.
The Relief-Hall is inspired by the Mongolian Yurt.
It consists of 6 tarps and
6 wall-tarps and a topcover.
The Relief-Hall will comfortably fit up to 24 people and some equipment.
Information on Relief-Home and Relief-Hall
Relief-Home and Relief-Hall fullfill all the requirements of a good tent. They have plenty of room inside, and are easy to set up even in inclement weather. They break down into separate pieces that can fit into a backpack, so you can transport them easily. If necessary you can easily repair any damage to the fabric with a simple needle and thread. And best of all, you can build a warm and cozy fire inside the tent.
The Relief-Home offers many advantages compared to other tents. It is large enough for up to 8 adults and you can cook inside at an open fire, which means that you'll be warm and dry inside even when it is cold and wet outside. For transport you can take it apart and distribute the pieces among group members. It is a perfect tent for small groups to live, sleep, cook or simply relax around the fire.
This is all you need to be safely protected.
Four tarps, a topcover, a few ropes and an axe to cut the tent-pegs as well as the two poles to build the Relief-Home in which up to eight people could find a cosy warm sleeping place.
© Relief-Home in winter in Norway.
When having winter temperatures it becomes very importend to have the high value of beeing protected and having the warmth of a campfire.
A stove can be used instead of an open fire. You are free to decide on one hand the comfort of a stove and on the other hand less weight and the open fire.
Feel free to decide open fire or stove, always fitting to the requirements of your tour.
Reindeer-skins (to be seen in front) are very comfortable and create a warm and cosy atmosphere.
© Relief-Home among palms.
Relief-Home is at home everywhere in the world,
from north to south, from winter to summer.
Relief-Home is a comfortable tent for all seasons.
Palms and cactuses fit to the Relief-Home as well as the forests of the polar regions.
The Relief-Hall is a suitable tent for 24 people and has all the advantages as the Relief-Home. The round shape is especially pleasing and offers room to stand upright throughout the interior. Inside the tent one feels as though one is in one's own home while at the same time being in the great outdoors. The sidewalls may be fully closed, partially raised, or even completely removed allowing the roof to serve as a rain or sun shelter. The Relief-Hall consists of triangular tarps that are used for the roof, while the side walls consist of rectangular wall-tarps.
Ideal for events and partys.
With the fire- or a an embers-cauldron in the center it is always comfortable.
Up to 4 tables, each for 8 persons can be put inside.
So there is room for 32 persons.
And there is still room for an extra table to serve food and drinks.
© The two poles keeping the complete Relief-Hall up.
That means you don't need no lattice, no rafter, no frames. Just the two large and twelve smaller poles. If you want you can expand the tent as large as you want it. Everything of the modular Kohta and Kohju system fits perfect together and you are able to build your own "little house" within half an hour.
From only two types of tarps - the triangle-tarp and the rectangle-tarp - there emerges a modular system that you can use to construct not just the Relief-Home, and the Relief-Hall, but also many other variations of tent. The range of tent styles begins with a small tent for one person and extends to large tents for events, including every use in between. Your only limit is your imagination.


Technical data
- standard-constructions -

Ø=4.64 m
space for up to 8 persons
+ 8 backbacks and campfire
it consists of 4 TTB, 1 TCHome
can be distributed among 5 backbacks
total weight Relief-Home: 11.4kg
4 TTB x 2.7kg = 10.8kg
1 TCK x 0.6kg =   0.6kg
mean weight per person:
8 persons 11.4kg / 1 person 1.4kg
6 persons 11.4kg / 1 person 1.9kg
4 persons 11.4kg / 1 person 2.8kg
Ø=max 6.86 m
35.28 m2
space for up to 24 persons
+ 24 backbacks and campfire
it consists of
6 TTB, 6 RTD, 1 TCHall
2 RTS replace 1 RTD
advantage RTS:
a single RTS can be made a canopy
height 1.3 m
length 2.6 m
space for 1 to 2 persons
it consists of 1 TTB
height 1.3 m
length 5.2 m
space for 2 to 4 persons
it consists of 2 TTB
height 1.3 m
length 7.0 m
space for 2 to 6 persons
it consists of 2 TTB, 1 RTD
Technical data
     - tarps -

Triangle-tarp - the Base tarp
Triangle-tarp TTB
bottom 2 x 180 cm
side 280 cm
weight 2.7 kg
Rectangle-tarp Double
Rectangle-tarp RTD
height 180 cm
width 2 x 180 cm
weight 2.7 kg
Rectangle-tarp Single
Rectangle-tarp RTS
height 180 cm
width 180 cm
weight 1.6 kg
Topcover Relief-Home
Topcover Relief-Home TCHome
width 140 cm
length 140 cm
weight 0.6 kg
Topcover Relief-Hall
Topcover Relief-Hall TCHall
perimeter 6 x 105 cm
weight 1.7 kg
Expansion set Relief Hall
Expansion set Relief Hall
2 Rectangle roof tarps - RTR
2 Rectangle-tarp Single - RTS
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