We provide a practical and sustainable response to poverty, addressing the basic need for infrastructure and jobs in sub-Saharan Africa.
All Build It projects combine three core elements:
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.
We offer our 'Training into Work' programme to men and woman who need skills to gain employment and support their families.
In Zambia, the unemployment rate is 50% yet there is a serious skills shortage in the labour market, especially in the construction sector.
This is why Build It International trains at least 60 men and women, each year, from the local community in basic building skills. We select people who need a practical skill and who can demonstrate their commitment to working and learning.
We believe in reducing environmental impact and energy costs at all of our projects. We use local building materials, sustainable technologies and improved designs.
This makes our buildings cooler, lighter and low maintenance.
To deliver a successful project we work in partnership with a range of other organisations including community groups, NGOs and statutory bodies.