About us

Our Mission

We provide a practical and sustainable response to the chronic need for basic infrastructure and jobs in sub-Saharan Africa.


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Our Common Sense Approach

Our approach leads to high quality, professionally constructed and environmentally friendly projects.


Skills Training


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.


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Meet our Staff

Our dedicated and professional staff work tirelessly to deliver our life changing projects that are making a long lasting difference.


UK Staff

UK

Our UK office is based in Shrewsbury, with 4 full-time and 2 part-time staff focused on fundraising and financial administration.

Zambia Staff

Zambia

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.


UK Trustees

UK

Zambia Trustees

Zambia


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Finance

You can be confident that we seek good value for money in everything we do.


2011/12 Expenditure

Programme Activities 81.9%

Fundraising 15.9%

Governance 2.2%


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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 Full Financial Report


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Our Annual Review

If you would like to know more about our work please take a look at our 2012 Annual Review.


Build It International Annual Report 2013

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!


Read our 2012/13 Annual Review


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”.

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Andrew Jowett, CEO

Get in touch

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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.

Sustainable Techniques



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


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Jobs & Volunteers

We are currently looking to add to our dedicated and professional staff to deliver our life changing projects.


Zambia Site Agents

Zambia

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

UK

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

UK

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

UK

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.