Haileybury’s Trip to the Trust and the Pearl of Africa

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

Bus Trip

The trusty bus (and even trustier drivers) handled the rainforest roads with distinction.


The Haileybury Youth Trust enables young men and women to achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential. Though the Trust’s daily work involves the youth of Uganda, the East African team was delighted to welcome 20 youths from Haileybury, Hertfordshire. The trip was a fantastic opportunity for young Africans and Europeans to learn and grow together, sharing local experiences in a global context.



Trip Supplies

There is nothing like Ugandan fruit and veg – Churchill didn’t call it the Pearl of Africa for nothing!


The first task was to stock up on supplies for the journey. Uganda’s climate is perfect for cultivating all sorts of tropical fruits; the office was filled with bananas, pineapples and melons, as well as eggs and flour for the famous rolex.


Brick Kiln Trip

Trainer Musa explained the environmental hazards of traditional construction methods in Uganda.


The trip included a visit to HYT’s latest project in Mabira Forest. Pupils were able to observe the extent of deforestation and wetland degradation, as a result of fired brick use.


Trip to Kikube

(Left to right) Trainee Irene, Graduate Emmanuel and Assistant Trainer Johnson demonstrated HYT’s work to the Haileyburians.


Next, the Haileybury group was introduced to HYT’s innovative solution to this problem: the Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block (ISSB). Two weeks into the training programme, HYT’s newest recruits gave a first-hand account of working with the technology at Kikube Primary School.


Welcoming the Trip

The Kikube community has provided food and accommodation for the Ugandan trainees, as well as entertainment for the visitors!


The children of Kikube were proud to welcome their guests with a spectacular traditional performance. They are the first of 6 schools that will host training programmes in Mabira – each will receive a 10,000L rainwater harvesting tank as a result of the initiative.


Training on the Trip

Lucy Boakes (Aby) earns special mention for her fabulous bricklaying, expertly guided by Johnson.


It was great to see Haileybury’s pupils get stuck into the work at Kikube. Much was learned on both sides, as memories were built alongside structures. More than 125 years since the Trust’s foundation, its strong relationship with the school endures across continents!


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