Colleagues at London School of Economics and Durham University assisted by a former PECTIS project staff member compiled some excellent resident stories and background information on Namuwongo. A photo exhibition is running currently at the National Museum til 28 June: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427033427592361/
Read the interesting blog at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2015/05/28/namuwongo-key-to-kampalas-present-and-future-development/
Getting a handle on the issues faced by the community especially those relating to stormwater and solid waste management.
Come watch the ISSB students learning the pressing machine:
A toilet and shower facility has recently been constructed near a market in Kasese Municipality through a partnership between a Danish company, the Red Cross, and the think-tank access2innovation. Called a One Stop Shop, the facility provides access to flush toilets, showers, jerrycan filling as well as sale of soaps and cleaning products. Could this model be a solution for Namuwongo?
The PECTIS team has been taken somewhat by surprise by the recent announcement that all structures within the “railway reserve” of Namuwongo and other communities around Kampala will be destroyed on 28th July 2014. This has understandably led to public outcry.
Daily Monitor Article of 22 July (For PDF of article, PDF)
It seems that the exact dimensions of the reserve are not quite clear, nor has there been any announcement about the compensation. We hope that the local leadership will be able to find an agreement with Rift Valley Railways and KCCA.
It seems that a detailed plan for the use of the land is also missing.
This insecurity must be difficult to cope with for local residents and business owners. The PECTIS project activities relating to the building of sanitation and solid waste infrastructure are also put in a precarious situation.
According to this article (New Vision, 27 July), notice was given on 04 July that all must vacate within 28 days (i.e. by 01 August). The Uganda Railways official is also quoted as saying that they need 30 meters on either side of the railway. The few railway reserve markers still in existence are placed 15 meters from either side of the tracks.
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.
The students and lecturers spent the morning assembling the machine, sifting the sand and soil, and pressing the first 16 ISSB blocks.
Student of Environmental Design trying his hand at the ISSB machine