Author: Charlotte Harris

Jul 31,2019

My placement year at Build It

Today marks the final day of my placement year at Build It International. It has been a fantastic journey for me, and I leave with a variety of new skills and experiences. I am so grateful to the Build It team for making my introduction into the not-for-profit sector so informative and enjoyable. I have […]

Feb 14,2019

Welcoming our new Construction Manager

We are delighted to welcome our new Construction Manager Bram Sol who popped into our Shrewsbury office before flying out to Zambia. Bram will oversee the building of all our community projects and the Centre for Excellence, managing between 3 to 5 projects per year. He will help to ensure that our trainees continue to […]

Jan 24,2019

International Day of Education

Education is a human right and key to unlocking endless opportunities but many young people are denied access to even basic schooling or skills training. 24 January marks the UN International Day of Education. We are proud that the work we are doing is contributing to improving access to education in Zambia; it is at […]

Dec 20,2018

New skills, new opportunities

Training at our Centre for Excellence is drawing to a close for 2018. It’s been an amazing year with so much to celebrate; lots of hard-work and determination from our young trainees as they learn practical skills to enable them to earn a living and provide for their families. In 2018 we trained over 160 […]

Oct 05,2018

Celebrating World Teacher’s Day 2018

Zambia needs thousands of new classrooms. However as well as building classrooms, we also build accommodation for teachers at many of our school projects. This is essential in attracting teachers who are trained and qualified to more rural communities, helping to give local children a higher standard of education. We have met a number of […]

Sep 20,2018

Welcoming Sara to the team!

Sara Moslemi Zadeh from BuroHappold Engineering is following in her colleagues’ footsteps as she heads out to Zambia to volunteer as Build It Assistant Project Manager at the Centre for Excellence. We caught up with Sara before she sets out… “When I was a child, I would watch the news and see children around the world […]

Sep 17,2018

Choosing our community projects

The urgent need for new schools and classrooms in Zambia means that there is always an overwhelming number of communities needing support. We liaise with the Zambian district education authority to get a shortlist of schools which urgently need upgrading. It is a delicate process not to raise expectations and usually takes at least 12 […]

Aug 28,2018

Albert’s story: Life as a qualified builder!

Two years ago, Albert Chama was living in one room in Lusaka, Zambia with his wife, daughter and niece. Albert was a construction labourer, but was only occasionally able to find work. In 2016, Albert saw a flyer at his local church advertising a free construction training course with Build It International, and decided to […]