HYT Completes its 11th WASH Project so far in 2017!

Posted on September 29th, 2017

HYT support UN SDGs


The Haileybury Youth Trust supports the Sustainable Development Goals.


2017 has been a busy year for HYT. We’ve completed our 10th community training project, taught 28 Ugandan youths to build with interlocking stabilised soil blocks (ISSB) and taken part in exciting projects with Engineers for Overseas Development, Act4Africa and the Iowa State University Foundation, not to mention our Ashden Award.


Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation


HYT supports Clean Water and Sanitation


Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.


At the same time, we’ve challenged ourselves to work towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation. According to WaterAid, 8 million people in Uganda don’t have access to clean water, and a further 32 million lack adequate sanitation.


Kagumba WASH project

Each raised hand represents a 3 kilometre trip from Kagumba school to collect water from the local borehole that day.


To address this situation, HYT has teamed up with Lunch4Learning, Rotary Marlow & European Rotary Clubs (Charte), the Ferguson Trust, Peter Bond and Water Charity, to carry out WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects across the country.


So far, 7 schools have been furnished with rainwater harvesting tanks to provide fresh water for cooking, cleaning, drinking and washing:



Lunch4Learning has funded WASH projects at 4 schools so far this year, using HYT trainees from all over Uganda!


We’ve built new latrines and washrooms in urban slums…


Lake Site WASH

Peter Bond funded Lake Site Primary School’s new girls’ latrines (right), which include 5 stances and a washroom.


And in remote rural schools!


Kagumba WASH Latrines

Rotary Marlow & European Rotary Clubs (Charte) partnered with the Ferguson Trust & HYT to build these new latrines in rural Kamuli.


That’s 135,000 litres of water, 19 stances of latrines and 4 washrooms, made available to 9 schools and 4,612 pupils, providing employment for 21 young Ugandans!


Water Charity is HYT’s newest partner, funding two water tanks at Kagumba and Kayembe.


And we’re still building, with 2 more latrines under construction at Kyamatende, and over 20 more in partnership with Lunch4Learning and Global Rotary. Water year it’s turning out to be!


If you or your organisation would like fund more WASH projects like these, you are welcome to donate or get in touch with office@hytuganda.com









Winners of the Ashden International Award for Sustainable Buildings 2017.

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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!