Apr 17,2018

Supporting more young people into work

We are delighted to welcome 46 young trainees who started their Fast Track bricklaying training in March. These 11 women and 35 men will spend 10 weeks at our new training centre, our Centre for Excellence, in Lusaka. Until 2017, our training was delivered exclusively through our community building projects. Although very effective, it limited […]

Mar 27,2018

Save the date! 5 July 2018: Annual Supporter Reception

Evening of Thursday 5 July 2018, London. Build It Annual Supporter Reception: A great opportunity for our UK supporters to get together and find out more about the work happening out in Zambia. Please get in touch for venue details.

Mar 09,2018

International Women’s Day

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Women like Enelesi who thanks to your support, and her hard work and determination, is now a builder. MORE THAN JUST A JOB, IT MEANS A NEW FUTURE “My name is Enelesi and I am […]

Mar 05,2018

Centre For Excellence: Next phase

Construction continues at our new training centre, our Centre for Excellence, in Lusaka. It is estimated that Zambia needs around 17,000 new construction workers each year but very few school leavers are given the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to pursue this opportunity. Our new centre will allow us to substantially expand our training […]

Feb 13,2018

Clean and green: New use for old plastic

There is growing concern about the effect of plastic waste on the environment recognising the urgent need to reduce our plastic consumption. Build It has been re-using unwanted plastic bottles and turning them into useful building material. Used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) drinks bottle have been filled with earth and used in the construction of a […]

Feb 13,2018

Completion of Katole Community School

Over 100 children in the isolated rural community of Katole are looking forward to the opening of their new school with hundreds more children to benefit over the coming years. The original old mud block building had collapsed. However the children continued to be taught in the remains of the school which was unsafe and […]

Dec 01,2017

Trainees Take Their Exams

 84 young Build It trainees have recently taken their National Trades Skills Test. Forty of them have been working on our Community Projects building schools at Bissell and Katole. The other forty four are part of our Fast Track training programme at our new training facility, our Centre For Excellence, just outside Lusaka. This group […]

Dec 01,2017

Deborah’s Blog: Centre for Excellence – Dec 2017

We’ve got two main projects on the go: Learning Plaza 2 and the new Ablution Block plus a few smaller site works and improvements. Managing construction sites is not straight forward. There are different challenges every day, ranging all the way from deciding how to adapt the programme because the roofing sheets are delayed, to […]

Nov 01,2017

Deborah’s Blog: The Centre of Excellence is feeling alive! – November 2017

I’m writing this blog from my site office, which means it will get written piecemeal; I definitely spend more timem out and about on site than I do behind my desk. The Centre for Excellence feels so alive! Aside from all the trainees and workers involved with my construction projects,the Centre is currently hosting Cohort […]

Sep 01,2017

A Summer of Progress: An update on our Community Schools

Our 2017 community school projects, at Bissell and Katole, have been progressing rapidly over the summer! Supported by our fantastic partner, BGL, construction at Bissell Community School is progressing really well. Under the supervision of one of our experienced contractors, the trainees are making fantastic progress. Having completed their basic training they have laid the […]