Dec 27,2019

Build It International CEO Andrew Jowett receives OBE

We are delighted to announce that our CEO Andrew Jowett has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year honours 2020 for services to education in Zambia. Graduating from Pembroke College, University of Oxford with MA Geography, Andrew’s career in international development began at Save the Children UK working first in the Horn of […]

Dec 17,2019

Raising the roof at Naluyanda

The roof is on at Naluyanda Community School which means that the children are a big step closer to getting into their new classrooms. Generous support from our corporate partner BGL Group is bringing better facilities to over 300 young pupils of this community school in a peri-urban area north of the capital Lusaka. We […]

Dec 04,2019

Graduation celebrations!

It was fantastic to celebrate the graduation of our first group of 2019 trainees at our Centre for Excellence on 2 December. Trainees across Bricklaying, Painting, Plastering and Rough Carpentry celebrated the successful completion of their training and work placements. The vast majority of our trainees are between 18 and 35 years old. We look […]

Nov 29,2019

Double the magic this Christmas

We are delighted to announce that we are taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019 – the UK’s largest match-funding campaign which last year raised an incredible £13 million for participating charities. This means that donations made to Build It online through The Big Give Christmas Challenge website between midday Tuesday 3 December until midday […]

Nov 04,2019

The walls are up at Mukuyu Community School

It’s fantastic to see the progress being made by our community trainees on the new classroom block at Mukuyu Community School. The current school was built by the local community who were determined to help their children get an education. Several years later the building is crumbling, cramped and unsafe for the 231 pupil now […]

Oct 31,2019

Striving for excellence: Endorsement by international awarding organisation NOCN

Build It has been awarded centre approved status by NOCN for the quality and excellence of its construction skills training programme in Zambia. A progressive vocational skills charity and social enterprise, the National Open College Network Group (NOCN) has been at the forefront of skills development and professional accreditation for over thirty years. Now active […]

Oct 28,2019

Young Professional Visits Zambia

Jamie Howard, a member of Build It’s Young Professional Board, recently travelled to Zambia to visit Build It projects and trainees at the Centre for Excellence.  Jamie shares his experience… Early in September, I joined a group of cyclists in Zambia to send them off on their journey from Lusaka to Livingstone to raise money […]

Oct 21,2019

Support from Happold Foundation continues building brighter futures

Build It is delighted to have been awarded an organisational grant from The Happold Foundation to continue building brighter futures in Zambia. Build It, and Renewable World, will each receive £30,000 funding per year for three years. The two organisations were selected from 33 applications received from around the world. The Happold Foundation is a […]

Oct 18,2019

Full steam ahead at Naluyanda

Thanks to generous support from our corporate partner BGL Group, construction work is well underway at Naluyanda Community School. The project will help 311 young, vulnerable children in this peri-urban area north of Lusaka. With only one classroom and some old converted offices, the school was already struggling to cope and the number of pupils […]

Oct 17,2019

Rise Again Project

Build It International and human rights organisation Undikumbukire Project Zambia (UP) are celebrating the official launch of the European Union funded Rise Again Project. The Rise Again Project aims to support juveniles in conflict with the law through skills training, counselling and wellness interventions. This exciting three-year project will help support the successful reintegration of […]