Build It creates opportunities for young people and their communities through skills training, work experience and essential community building projects.
We have pioneered a simple and highly effective model in Zambia. It is enabling hundreds of young, unemployed people to learn essential building skills, and at the same time help to build vital schools and clinics for thousands of children.
Thousands of young people and their communities in Zambia are enjoying brighter futures thanks to Build It
COMMUNITY PROJECTS INCLUDING SCHOOLS AND CLINICS
Over the past ten years we have piloted, refined and proven our approach. We now want to take a bold leap forward.
Our BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES APPEAL aims to increase the number of new builders by 500% and transform the lives of 150,000 people by 2021.
TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD BRIGHTER FUTURES IN ZAMBIA
MORE THAN JUST A JOB…
it means a new future
It meant that I had the chance to acquire new skills which I thought were beyond my reach. That I won’t struggle to provide for myself and my family. It means that I am now excited about the future and the opportunities it might bring.
Merab trained with Build It International at Shipungu school in 2014. She then went on to study Business Skills and how to apply for a job. Merab is now employed and has her own income.
“Now I have self confidence… I am working as a contractor and have built my own house. I can do it!”
MORE THAN JUST TOOLS…
these are MY tools
I paid for them with my wages as a bricklayer. They are a sign of putting my new skills into practise. Of money earned to provide for my family. Of houses and schools built and communities improved.
Alick qualified as a bricklayer at the Build It Training Centre, just outside Lusaka. Alick is currently working on a contract on a block of flats, and has engaged two of his Build It colleagues on the project!
“I had no source of income before I embarked on the programme but now I earn a stable income and am financially independent. Build It offered me the opportunity to pursue my dream. … The training programme transforms lives!”
MORE THAN JUST A GRADUATION CEREMONY…
it means new found confidence
It is recognition of the new skills I have learnt. Skills I can use to work, to earn money and to provide for my family. It means that I am valued; that I am no longer forgotten. That I am someone.
Miriam was living hand to mouth until she trained with Build It in 2012. Now she co-owns a construction company and no longer worries about paying her children’s school fees.
“I now have a bank account and am able to save to build my own house!”