HYT brings affordable rainwater harvesting to Bidi Bidi refugee settlement.

Posted on February 2nd, 2021


HYT has built ten 20,000 litre rainwater harvesting tanks in the world’s second largest refugee settlement. The tanks will service over 22,000 teachers, students, doctors, nurses and patients.

Access to safe water on site keeps kids in school instead of collecting water.

During our 2019 partnership with Mercy Corps it became clear there was a need to increase water access and security. Despite the area receiving 9 months of heavy rain a year, residents struggle for water. The daily per capita supply can fall below 10 litres. In the settlement the piped water runs for a couple hours each day delivering safe water through shared taps.

Women and children wait for hours each day to collect water from communal taps

Rainwater harvesting has huge potential to improve access to water. A single HYT rainwater harvesting system in Bidi Bidi can supply up to 240,000 litres of safe water per year.

Rainwater harvesting can provide on-site access to safe water

HYT’s water tanks are constructed using locally made Interlocking Stabilised Soil Blocks (ISSB) which are more durable and cost effective than available alternatives.

Our refugee trainees have excelled in their first month of training

Working closely with the government, UNHCR and NGO partners; HYT identified 7 schools and 3 hospitals in the settlement in urgent need of rainwater harvesting. The UNHCR and government have been extremely helpful and interested in the implementation of this project.

UNHCR has taken a keen interest in HYT’s work

Using our tested train as you build methodology, HYT employed 10 new trainees to learn the ins and outs of tank construction. Many of the new trainees have experience building simple structures in the settlement and took to the work very well. In addition, our refugee graduates from the 2019 Mercy Corps training are going from strength to strength and will be snapping up management positions soon.

Mercy Corps graduate, Simon is now helping to lead training in Bidi Bidi.

A massive thank you to our donors, partners, UNHCR and Ugandan Government colleagues for helping bring this project to life.

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The cutting edge of early education in Kyaka II refugee settlement

Posted on December 8th, 2020


Kyaka II refugee settlement in western Uganda is home to 121,000 refugees, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 54% of whom are under 17 years old.

The initial site visit

HYT, in partnership with Children on the Edge, is excited to be involved in a pioneering, community led, Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme with a focus on long term sustainability.

Our trainees took quickly to masonry work

Using our tried and tested ‘train as you build’ methodology, HYT is leading the construction of four simple classroom blocks, while also training 12 young refugees in all aspects of construction. Each structure will be made using the sustainable Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block (ISSB) technology which requires no firewood in their production.

Time for a team photo

Once completed, Children on the Edge will carry out their cutting edge work from the centres. The work addresses shortfalls experienced by current education schemes in the refugee context, including increased access to education, quality teaching and teacher retention in the settlements.

This structure gives temporary shelter to the existing centre.

Building on existing community led nurseries and ECD centres, HYT will replace existing temporary structures with safe, permanent buildings where young children can learn and play. 

First classrooms starting to take shape

Children on the Edge is receiving increasing national and international attention from governments and UN bodies for their important work. HYT is thrilled to be working with Children on the Edge and excited to see what the future will bring for this partnership.

We are hugely excited for the children to see their new classrooms.

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Winners of the Ashden International Award for Sustainable Buildings 2017.

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