RAVO: A School Transformed, an Environment Preserved

Posted on November 15th, 2017

In October, HYT completed its most recent project at the Refuge for Aids Victims & Orphans (RAVO), Mayuge. The project was funded by Peter Bond, a long term benefactor of the school and an old friend of HYT. Passionate about delivering water and sanitation to Uganda’s most vulnerable, Peter commissioned 5 new latrines and a washroom for RAVO.


RAVO new latrines

The school gathers to celebrate the opening of the new structure.


The new facilities will greatly raise hygiene standards at the school, whose 256 pupils previously shared just 5 small, dilapidated latrines. They are excited about the prospect of the new ventilated improved pit latrines (VIPs), which reduce odour and fly nuisances.



It’s a thumbs up from RAVO’s pupils!


This particular build, which provided 8 young masons with 2 months’ employment, is the latest in a series of projects at RAVO. Peter has previously partnered with HYT to provide the school with 2 dormitories, 2 water tanks and a kitchen.


RAVO Girl's Dormitory

The girls are clearly proud of their dormitory…


The improved living, drinking, cooking and washing facilities have enabled the school to support a far greater number of vulnerable pupils. Since their construction, the enrolment of boys in the boarding section has grown by 25%, while the number of girl boarders has seen a 33% increase!


RAVO Boys' Dormitory

… and so are the boys!


Every one of the HYT structures here has been built using the interlocking stabilised soil block (ISSB). This drastically reduces the environmental cost of construction, as these unique earth bricks do not need burning. Building with ISSB at RAVO has saved 11 tonnes of firewood (2 large, mature trees) and 66 MWh of embodied energy.


Latrines by RAVO Rocks

Thanks to the ISSB, RAVO’s stunning surroundings are still as green as before.


And that’s just the construction process! The kitchen’s energy saving stoves have halved the school’s monthly truckloads of firewood since their construction. That means fewer trees thrown into the fire, and much less smoke in the lungs of the caterers!


RAVO Kitchen

HYT’s bold energy-saving kitchen design (and an even bolder chicken)…


HYT is pleased to see individuals and communities alike embracing the revolutionary power of the ISSB. Our unique approach to training, local participation (at which RAVO excels) and sustainable construction is gaining ground across Uganda. A big HYT thank you goes to Peter Bond for his ongoing support, our building teams for their consistent hard work, and to RAVO for making us welcome, as ever!



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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









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