The PECTIS project team organised the first Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block pressing training session from 28th June to 4th July. Ten young men from Yoka, Kanyogoga, and Tibaleka zones of Namuwongo received theoretical and practical instruction on the appropriate mix of ingredients, the use of the machine (“Makiga”-type fabricated in Kenya), and the stacking and curing of the blocks. In addition, the trainees were briefed on the objectives of the PECTIS project and the future activities (construction of communal infrastructure, entrepreneurial and environmental management trainings). During the week-long training, over 300 blocks were pressed and should be ready to use in construction within 10 days.
At the end, the trainees were congratulated by their trainer, Pastor Ben Prince Tendo, and awarded certificates of attendance. The PECTIS team intends to invite the most motivated trainees to form efficient block-pressing teams ready to produce sufficient material for upcoming construction projects.