May 19,2020

COVID-19: Zambia update

19 May 2020. On 8 May President Edgar Lungu announced that cinemas, restaurants and gyms in Zambia can reopen, and that hotel and lodges can also consider getting back to normal operations. The President said that bars and taverns will remain closed, and that strict health guidelines should continue to the observed. Schools and education […]

May 18,2020

Save the date for our virtual supporter reception!

Save the date for our first-ever virtual reception, bringing supporters together from around the world. Join us online on Thursday 25 June, 2020 at 18.00 UK time / 19.00 Zambia time. To register your interest, please email More details to follow. #BuildingBrighterFutures

Apr 30,2020

Latest update from our Chief Executive Andrew Jowett

30 April 2020. I hope this message finds you and your family well during these challenging times. In the short video below, I explain how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and taking action to ensure that Build It comes through this crisis fit to continue our vital work.   As of today, the […]

Apr 29,2020

Safety on site

29 April 2020. Schools, cinemas, bars, gyms and many shops in Zambia are closed, with restaurants only providing take-away services. The authorities have asked people to avoid non-essential travel. However Zambia is not in lock-down and businesses continue to operate. Construction work continues on our two current sites. Finishing touches are being put on the […]

Apr 29,2020

New opportunities through distance learning

29 April 2020. Our training at the Centre for Excellence was put on hold from Friday 20 March 2020, in line with the temporary closure of all Zambian schools and learning institutions. Three groups of trainees had started their training with us at the centre. Many of our young trainees have already face significant challenges […]

Apr 27,2020

Thank you to Rueben Lifuka

We share a heartfelt thank you to Rueben Lifuka as he steps down after 11 years on Build It International’s Zambia Board. Rueben joined us 2009 and has been our Zambia Chair from September 2011 until April 2020, as well as sitting on our UK Board. Rueben’s contribution has been very significant. A man of […]

Apr 23,2020

Move to short-time working from May 2020

23 April 2020. We are taking a range of decisions to ensure that Build It emerges from this global crisis in a sound state and able to resume our full programme of work. The Senior Management Team and the Board have updated the Business Continuity Plan with a number of key actions, including reducing costs. […]

Apr 16,2020

Zambia and COVID-19

16 April 2020. With a fragile and very limited healthcare system, there is serious concern that COVID-19 could have a catastrophic impact on lives in Zambia. With COVID-19 particularly impacting on the elderly, Zambia’s young population may reduce fatalities, but factors like malnutrition and weakened immune systems due to high prevalence of HIV could make […]

Apr 15,2020

Training paused at the Centre for Excellence

15 April 2020. Training at our Centre for Excellence in Lusaka was put on hold from Friday 20 March 2020, in line with the Government directive for educational institutions. We are keeping in contact with the 60 trainees learning through the centre and look forward to welcoming them back as soon as possible. It means […]

Apr 14,2020

Electricity means brighter futures for children at Kamaila School

We are delighted that Kamaila School is now fully electrified, with all the buildings wired and connected. Kamaila School is a large Government supported school with 20 teachers and over 1,000 children. Generous support from our corporate partner BGL Group meant that in 2018 / 2019 we built a three-classroom block and more latrines for […]