Apr 17,2014

Lands End to John O’Groats for Kabaka School

Jon Oldham is raising money for Kabaka School, cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats. [divider] Jon, pictured above right, is an employee of the BGL Group, one of Build It’s corporate partners. Along with 19 of his colleagues, Jon is fundraising to help Build It provide a new school for the remote Kabaka community […]

Apr 14,2014

Susie Hunt climbs Kilimanjaro, raising over £2,600 for Donata School

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. As a Build It fundraiser, Susie, found out, trekking 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) to its summit is a huge challenge… [divider] Susie became aware of Build It through our work at Donata School, which is nearby to her brother’s farm in Mkushi, Zambia. She wanted to raise money […]

Apr 09,2014

Trainees achievements recognised at recent graduation ceremonies

The awards are an important part of our graduation ceremonies and recognise Build It trainees who have excelled during the training programme. The awards are given in three categories: leadership, commitment and “most improved”. [divider] Leadership The three trainees who won the award for leadership were: Mirriam Mulenga (Kawama), Dennis Lupupa (George) and Emmanuel Mukuka […]

Mar 28,2014

Introducing Mwala Community School

Mwala Community School is the latest addition to our Community Schools Programme. Mwala Community School in Kapiri was established in 1992 as a response to pupils having to walk 7km to get to the nearest government school. [divider] The school has an existing 1×3 classroom block but with 240 boys and 246 girls enrolled, school […]

Mar 27,2014

Big smiles at Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies for our trainees have taken place in Ndola and Kabaka. The ceremonies took place at the schools the trainees helped to build. Every trainee was presented with a certificate of completion and their own tool kit, consisting of a brick bolster, float, hammer, shovel, trowel, chisel, mallet and spirit level. [divider] The tool […]

Mar 24,2014

Corporate Giving for Africa – is it worth it?

We recently held a Business Breakfast entitled Corporate Giving for Africa – is it worth it, generously hosted by Hudson Sandler in London. Chaired by Dr Andrew Sentance, the event generated a varied and interesting discussion on Corporate Giving for Africa. [divider] Our two speakers, Tom Bingham from the BGL Group, and Lisa Smart from […]

An Equal Opportunity for Girls
Feb 28,2014

An Equal Opportunity for Girls

We have signed a one year agreement with local organisation Zambian Open Community Schools (ZOCS) to encourage girls to enrol and not drop out of the schools we have built. There are a variety of factors that affect the number of girls in education in Zambia. Enrolment for girls is high at the beginning of […]

Feb 25,2014

Girls’ Dormitory Completed at George

The second wing at the girls’ dormitory has been completed and is fully occupied by 46 new pupils. Earlier this year Build It Trustee Liz Mayhew visited some of the girls at the school to find out what their school life is like and their aspirations for the future: [divider] George Secondary School caters for […]

Feb 11,2014

The First Ever Secondary School in Kawama Now Open

Kawama secondary school, Ndola opened early February, much to the joy of the 360 pupils who now have access to further education. Kawama is a poor, high-density urban compound on the edge of Ndola, a mining town on the Zambian Copperbelt. Kawama was desperately in need of a Secondary School as there was no further […]

Jan 13,2014

Exam Success for Trainees

Our 67 trainees sat their TEVETA bricklaying exams in December, we are delighted that 64 passed. This gives our 2013 trainees a 95% pass rate – congratulations to them! Not only have our trainees done well in their exams, but the evidence of their high quality workmanship is apparent across all our projects in 2013. […]