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.
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.
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’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’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!