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 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 […]

Sep 17,2018

Choosing our community projects

The desperate need for schools 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 months to identify […]

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 […]

Aug 23,2018

A new addition to the Build It team!

I have recently started my placement year at Build It and so far I am loving it! I am at the University of Bath studying Politics with International Relations, so I thought a placement year at Build It would be a great way to spend a year in industry. One of the reasons I decided to […]

Jul 12,2018

World Youth Skills Day, 15 July 2018

Ruth Kampangele is now a tiler. She has built a new house for her grandparents. Build It builds skilled construction workers out of unemployed young men and women in Zambia, women like Ruth so they can earn a living and provide for their families. Ruth had originally thought about becoming an accountant. It was Ruth’s grandfather […]

Jun 12,2018

Deborah’s Blog: Homesick for Zambia

Hello again. I’m writing this blog from the UK. Although I’m now technically “home”, after 14 months in Zambia I’m still find having trouble adapting back. There’s two things in particular that I’m really enjoying: 1) drinking water coming straight out of the tap and 2) access to a washing machine. But there’s certainly a […]

May 29,2018

2017 Annual Review

In April 2017 our CEO Andrew Jowett attended the opening of the new school in the village of Katole. The whole community joined in the celebrations, and it was particularly emotional for the young trainees who helped to build the school. 2017 was a key year for Build It International. After three years of hard […]

Apr 17,2018

Supporting more young people into work

We are delighted to welcome 46 young trainees who started their Fast Track bricklaying training in March. These 11 women and 35 men will spend 10 weeks at our new training centre, our Centre for Excellence, in Lusaka. Until 2017, our training was delivered exclusively through our community building projects. Although very effective, it limited […]

Mar 27,2018

Save the date! 5 July 2018: Annual Supporter Reception

Evening of Thursday 5 July 2018, London. Build It Annual Supporter Reception: A great opportunity for our UK supporters to get together and find out more about the work happening out in Zambia. Please get in touch for venue details.