Community building projects

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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

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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 include Bissell Community School where we are just finishing the construction of new latrines for the children. New projects are also underway at Machaya and Kamaila.

BISSELL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

In 2004 the school built two new classrooms for 230 pupils, but there are now over 500 pupils. In 2016 we 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, constructing a three-classroom block to help more children get the education and opportunities they deserve.  The project is now nearing completion with the construction of new latrines; again all generously funded by the BGL Group, which will be finished in spring 2018.

MACHAYA COMMUNITY SCHOOL

This overcrowded community school for vulnerable children and orphans is being evicted from its current premises at Dudzai village, 10 miles north of Lusaka. The school currently uses a rented building owned by a family that lives abroad who have given the school notice to vacate the property.

Thankfully, the community has managed to secure a new plot in Machaya, a nearby town but we need your support to build a high quality three-classroom block. We also want to build new latrines for the children, and add a new pump bringing clean water to the community.

KAMAILA COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Kamaila is a Government supported school with 20 teachers and over 1,000 children. It was founded in 1978 and has just eight classrooms including a new science lab and computer room. However, four classrooms have been condemned as they are unsafe and are due to be demolished imminently. Already there are too few classrooms, with classes split between morning and afternoon school to support as many children as possible so this presents a looming crisis.

The dynamic head teacher, Mrs Simpande Jolly Luzango, has established a well organised, effective school with motivated teachers and extra-curricular activities but the school is seriously overcrowded. The community has asked for help to build new classrooms for their children. Although not able to contribute financially, they have already collected over 250 tonnes of sand, stone and gravel for the build.