We provide a practical and sustainable response to the chronic need for basic infrastructure and jobs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our Common Sense Approach
Our approach leads to high quality, professionally constructed and environmentally friendly projects.
Our Training into Work programme gives young men and women the skills and support they need to earn a living and support their families.
Working with Communities
The real experts on how a building should be designed are the people who will own and use it. We work with communities to discuss, design and deliver each project.
Sustainable Materials and Design
We reduce environmental impact and energy costs at our projects. We use local building materials, sustainable technologies and improved designs, making our buildings cooler, lighter and low maintenance.
Meet our Staff
Our dedicated and professional staff work tirelessly to deliver our life changing projects that are making a long lasting difference.
Our UK office is based in Shrewsbury, with 4 full-time and 2 part-time staff focused on fundraising and financial administration.
In Zambia we have offices in Lusaka and Ndola focused on successfully delivering our projects to a high quality and working with local partners.
Meet our Trustees
We have experienced and qualified board members and staff in the UK and Zambia.
You can be confident that we seek good value for money in everything we do.
Programme Activities 81.9%
Spending your money wisely
- we manage and monitor all our projects directly through our team in Zambia
- we tightly control expenditure against budgets
- we never pay bribes
- we carry out external audits
- for every £1 spent on fundraising we raise £6 in return.
Our Annual Review
If you would like to know more about our work please take a look at our 2012 Annual Review.
2012/13 was a record year for Build It and was full of highlights.
It was the first full year of our five-year strategy, we had promising results from our latest survey of trainees and we built our first ever rammed earth construction at Shipungu School!
Want to know more? We’d love to talk…
“Build It is an ambitious, fast growing charity making a huge impact in Zambia. With your help we can make an even bigger, lasting difference to the lives of thousands in Zambia”.
Andrew Jowett, CEO
Sustainable building in Africa
We aim to reduce the environmental impact and energy costs of our projects. We use local building materials, sustainable technologies and improved designs that are appropriate to the communities we are working in. We encourage others to build the same way.
High Quality Workmanship
Our Training into Work programme ensures our buildings are completed to a high standard and are as low maintenance as possible.
We use local materials and sustainable building methods including stabilised soil blocks and rammed earth. These methods also make our buildings cool and light.
Analysis and Reports
Our Technical Advisory Group meets regularly to review our buildings, including the designs and materials we use. We have put together a review entitled: Sustainable Buildings and Design
Jobs & Volunteers
We are currently looking to add to our dedicated and professional staff to deliver our life changing projects.
Zambia Site Agents
We seek reliable project managers to work with our trainees and local community to oversee 6-9 month projects such as the construction of a school.
Fundraising Team Volunteer
Your role will be to support the UK team by assisting with the communications work that underpins our fundraising. You will also assist with vital research and other tasks that link to our fundraising strategy.
Preparation For Automatic Enrolment Volunteer
We seek a reliable person with experience of workplace pension schemes and familiarity with the requirements of automatic enrolment to prepare Build It International for implementing a pension scheme.
Staff Handbook Preparation Volunteer
Your role will be to prepare a Handbook for Staff, Volunteers and Trustees. The handbook will cover terms and conditions, induction, leaving, health & safety, office procedures and a Zambia specific section.
Sustainable Materials & Design
We are continually looking to improve our use of local materials, reduce costs and make our buildings simpler.
We regularly hold technical reviews to reflect on design and material issues from our projects.
Inadequate sanitation is a major cause of disease in the developing world.
Build It International builds latrines at all its projects.
The current approach for sanitation facilities is to use Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines wherever possible.
Sustainable Building Techniques
We use a range of local materials to build our projects.
If you are interested in our sustainable building methods please read our Fact Sheet.