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


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

Zambia Staff


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


Zambia Trustees


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

2013 Expenditure


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

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 2013 Annual Review.

Annual Review of 2013

2013 was a milestone year for Build It and was full of highlights.

We completed our 25th project since Build It began in 2008 and we had promising results from our latest survey of trainees.

Read our 2013 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


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.

Annual Review Co-ordinator


This is a new position created to support the Fundraising Team over an especially busy period. You will project-manage the production of our annual review and assist the Fundraising Team with research and event management.

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.