Hydraform International, a South African-based manufacturer of interlocking building systems, has been contracted by the Office of the Prime Minister of the Government of Uganda to build 60 low cost homes with the involvement of the community in Kiryandongo.
In 2010, a landslide in rural Bududa in eastern Uganda resulted in some 2000 people being displaced, after which the government resolved to relocate survivors to areas where access to relief supplies, health services and education facilities would be easy.
The Bududa project, which was implemented over 11 months from December 2014 to November 2015, is an example of the Government of Uganda’s multi-faceted strategy around housing delivery. The project’s directive was not only to deliver low cost homes, but to also empower the community through skills development and local participation.
“The directive of the Government of Uganda to deliver these low cost homes, but with an emphasis on community building as well, meant that Hydraform was a great fit for this project. The Hydraform Building System, along with the training we have on offer, can be put to use to build all types of projects, but this project highlights that it is especially well suited to empowering rural communities with both a sense of ownership of their own homes as well as with skills that make a long-term economic impact,” says Nazlie Dickson, sales and marketing director at Hydraform.
Hydraform machinery was taken to site where the community were taught both to use the Hydraform Interlocking Building System, as well as build with the end product. “The Hydraform system, including both the blockmaking and construction, boasts a high ratio (over 60%) of value-added to total gross outlay. This means that a high percentage of the gross outlay for the project was available to pay wages and salaries – a double benefit for the community.”
Three mini blockyards were set up and a site office was built. Block production was eventually ramped up to 9 000 per day. This was made possible with extra shifts and a steady supply of all necessary materials and inputs, such as murram, tools, water (supplied via a water tanker), cement (230 bags daily), all put in place to achieve the daily production requirement.
Hydraform built 60 single stance pit latrines and each house had a 1 000 l rain water harvesting system installed. The site office is currently being used as a community centre now that the project is finished.