Community building projects
Zambia needs thousands of new classrooms and health facilities. Build It has completed over 40 community building projects bringing essential services to some of Zambia's most disadvantaged communities
Although the Zambian economy has steadily grown in recent years, the level of poverty remains stubbornly high. Many of Zambia’s children and young people are being forgotten. They are falling through the cracks of the education system and without skills and qualifications, their prospects are limited.
Zambia is a tough place to grow up but there are real opportunities to transform lives. Our building projects give local communities access to new, high quality school facilities and clinics. The projects offer our construction trainees valuable work experience. They put their new skills into practice, helping to strengthen their chance of finding employment and to earn a decent living.
We carefully consider the environmental impact and energy costs of all our projects. We use local building materials, sustainable technologies and improved designs that are appropriate to the local community. We build latrines at all our projects to improve the health and well-being of children and encourage more girls to remain in school. At projects without clean water, we drill a borehole and install a water pump.
Our most recent community projects are Bissell Community School and Katole Community School, with two new projects starting this year.
A new community school for vulnerable children and orphans will be built in the farming community of Machaya, 10 miles north of Lusaka. Replacement classes will be built at the community school in Kamaila; a rural forestry area located in Chibombo District, 18 miles north of Lusaka. Some of the current classrooms are in such bad structural condition that there is concern for the safety of the children at this large, oversubscribed school.
BISSELL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
In 2004 the school built two new classrooms for 230 pupils, but there are now over 500 pupils.
In 2016, with the support of our corporate partner BGL Group, Build It built a new kitchen with a rocket stove to help feed the large number of orphaned children attending Bissell.
We were excited to continue our work at Bissell School in 2017, training 20 new builders and constructing a three-classroom block to help more children get the education and opportunities they deserve. This project, which will complete in early 2018 in time for the new school year, has again been generously funded by the BGL Group.
KATOLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
This isolated community struggles on subsistence farming. Up to now, they have held their classes under a tree! Once the rainy season starts, school has been cancelled.
In 2017 we worked alongside the Katole Community to build two new classrooms, a sanitation block, a teacher’s house, safe water and solar lighting. Twenty new builders have been trained on site.
The new school will open with the new school year in February 2018.