10 Youths Trained at HYT’s 10th Community Training Site

Posted on July 28th, 2017

The successful completion of HYT’s 10th ‘One Community at a Time’ training project was celebrated in style, with the opening of an impressive range of buildings and the handing out of certificates to the ten HYT trainees who built them. HYT training manager, Fred Koire, oversaw the eight-month training programme, and the youths at St. Stephen’s primary school, Butaaya, are now equipped to use their newly-acquired masonry skills with HYT and elsewhere.  

St. Stephen's Classroom Door

An HYT certificate opens the door to professional masonry opportunities in Uganda.


St. Stephen’s is a school of 400 or so pupils, in rural Kamuli District, where large numbers of boys drop out to cut sugar cane, while the pregnancy rate among girls remains high. Enhancing infrastructure encourages students to stay at school, and providing staff accommodation means that teachers do not have to walk to work in the rain (or heat!) and are more readily available to support their students. The large and enthusiastic audience at the ceremony included community leaders, local head teachers and the Vice Chairman of Kamuli District, representing the Speaker of Parliament. They were told of the benefits of an environmentally-friendly approach to construction, and encouraged to adopt the interlocking stabilised soil block (ISSB).


St. Stephen's Compound

All HYT buildings, including water tanks, are built using low carbon ISSB technology!


And how better to recommend the technology of East Africa’s future than with the spectacular workmanship of the community’s youth? This particular project gave trainees the chance to demonstrate their artistic flair thanks to the generous support of two Haileybury houses and lower school.


St. Stephen's Staff Block

The community gathers to admire the Lower School staff accommodation.


Lower School’s donation funded the staff house, improving working conditions for teachers and upping the trainees’ experience in all sorts of construction skills, from excavation to completion.


St. Stephen's Water Tank

Special mention goes to OHs Coralie Spearman and Katie Brooking for their expert artistry!


Kipling’s water tank offered trainees the chance to work with specialised curved blocks, and provided the school with 20,000L of water storage! That means more time in class, and less time fetching water from the community borehole.


St. Stephen's Classroom Block

The children are proud of their skilfully constructed and uniquely decorated school.


This year’s Batten Bistro raised enough funding to outfit this double classroom block with doors, windows and security bars, as well as plastering and painting. Trainees were keen to celebrate Haileybury’s contributions with panache, and relished the opportunity to hone their decorative skills across all the buildings.


St. Stephen's Training Team

Quite a team has been assembled here at St. Stephen’s, Butaaya!


The result? Ten trainees have become graduates of HYT’s training programme, empowered to become builders of the future. St. Stephen’s primary school now has three sturdy new structures to enhance its learning environment, helping kids get the most out of their school day. A big HYT thank you goes out to trainers, trainees, and the hugely supportive communities both here in Uganda and back in the UK!  


A Little Bit about Lake Site

Posted on July 7th, 2017

As May ended, and term resumed, the HYTeam attended the opening ceremony of Lake Site Primary School’s new latrines. Funded by Peter Bond, the 5-stance toilets and washroom will vastly improve the school’s hygiene and sanitation, particularly for girls. Here in Uganda, adolescent girls are often driven away from class by the inconveniences attending poor washing and sanitation facilities.


Old Lake Site Latrines

Lake Site’s old latrines (right) suffered from the usual drawbacks of the burnt brick, unlike our ISSB technology (left)!


Work started on Lake Site in January 2017 with a team of 5 masons. Each had been selected from Kamuli district’s unemployed youth, and each had gone on to graduate from HYT’s ISSB training programme. The team was carefully compiled of graduates with varying experience levels in order to maintain quality while developing the skills of the individuals.


ISSB Bricklaying

Nelson graduated from HYT’s 7th training programme at Nakibungulya, and now works on projects such as Lake Site.


HYT’s masons at Lake Site stressed the contribution of the school’s enthusiasm, involvement and support towards the project’s success. To instil attitudes of responsibility and care for structures, HYT requests schools to provide such essentials as feeding and security. The school did so wholeheartedly, fuelling the builders with regular meals straight from their own HYT-built kitchen. It is much easier for teams to carry out their crucial work when they are well-fed, and working in a pleasant and supportive atmosphere!


Lake Site Administration

Lake Site HM Mr Kakuma brings the local chairman on one of his regular visits to the site.


Lake Site’s willingness to cooperate in the project was characteristic of their attitude towards school development. Peter Bond continues to support the school because it works hard to remediate its difficulties, despite their magnitude. HYT has also been impressed by the use and maintenance of our structures, as well as the institution’s own building initiatives. Lately, the school has begun construction on a perimeter wall to safeguard its children, as well as the facilities upon which the community increasingly encroaches.


Lake Site Wall Building

As HYT worked on the latrines in front, Lake Site Primary began to construct the perimeter wall behind.


Lake Site’s dedication to looking after its campus assures us that the opening ceremony was not only an expression of gratitude, but of commitment. It is up to them to continue providing the care that HYT has put into all the structures, old and new. By the looks of the HYT kitchen built in 2012, the new washrooms will last a long time. By the looks on the faces of the girls, they are a huge improvement to their quality of life at school. Our thanks go out to the masons, school administration, Peter Bond and all involved for making this another successful HYT project!


Lake Site Opening Ceremony

The girls attend the opening ceremony for their new structure at Lake Site Primary.