Posted on February 23rd, 2018
Last week, HYT visited Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University whose motto “We Build for the Future”, is an appropriate one. The team had arranged a meeting with Dr Moses Musaazi, legendary pioneer of Technology for Tomorrow, inventor of the award-winning MakaPad and, of course, the interlocking stabilised soil block (ISSB).
Of his many inventions, HYT was here to learn more about Moses’ latest compressed earth innovation. This involves using curved blocks to manufacture energy-saving stoves and latrines.
After building 16 round ISSB tanks last year, HYT is no stranger to the curved block. However, the latest design features a tighter curve, enabling the construction of stoves that can fit inside homes and institutions. According to Dr Musaazi, smoke won’t be a problem, as the stoves are up to 50% more efficient than traditional 3-stone cooking methods.
Dr. Musaazi has already built over 2,000 of these stoves, some within Makerere itself. He recommended we visit Africa Hall, a residence for the university’s female students, whose kitchen staff use the stoves every day.
Here we met Moses, a chef who was happy to tell us about how the stoves have transformed cooking at Africa Hall:
“I really appreciate the two stoves, especially the bigger one. It’s very safe, you can even touch it!”
Unlike some of the kitchen’s older, metal stoves, the ISSB versions insulate the warmth so well that the interior can stay hot all day, without emitting flames or uncomfortable levels of heat.
The stoves have made the kitchen a safer, healthier work environment for Moses and his colleagues. Their ability to retain heat has also reduced firewood consumption, helping to preserve a healthy environment for us all!
Posted on January 15th, 2018
A unique opportunity at an exciting time for HYT.
The award-winning HYT seeks a successor to Charlie Tebbutt (OH) as Assistant Country Manager (ACM) in Uganda from summer 2018, when Charlie ends his two year term with the Trust.
Charlie is the fifth graduate OH to help lead HYT’s operation in Uganda since 2008, during which time the Trust has enjoyed considerable growth and success in promoting sustainable development in one of Africa’s most beautiful countries.
The new ACM, who reports to the Country Manager, will be passionate about and committed to the work of the Trust in promoting environmentally-friendly construction and training programmes among poor communities. She or he will have an interest in the technical aspects of the work; be resilient, adaptable, work well in a team and be determined to support the charity’s development.
The ACM will be a graduate OH, holding a degree in any subject area and will have competent IT and writing skills. Some of the responsibilities and job description may be adapted to suit the enthusiasms and experience of the successful applicant. These can include: financial & project management, community interaction & field visits, social media & marketing, funding & award applications, client liaison, volunteer supervision and basic design of structures.
This is a full-time, salaried position and it is anticipated that the ACM will serve a two year contract.
Expressions of interest to Russell Matcham are asked for by 10 February 2018.
HYT looks forward to hearing from you!