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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