Oct 11,2018

Fighting for education at Machaya

‘Machaya’ translates to ‘fighting’ and fighting for the right to education is exactly what the local community is doing following eviction from the current school at Dudzai village, 10 miles north of Lusaka. The overcrowded school used to house over 320 vulnerable children and orphans. Thankfully, the community have managed to secure a plot of […]

Oct 09,2018

Building brighter futures at Kamaila

We are excited to report that construction of the new classrooms at Kamaila School has started thanks to the support of our corporate partners BGL. The Government supported school was founded in 1978 and has 20 teachers and over 1,000 children. There are just eight classrooms, four of which have been condemned as unsafe. This […]

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 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 […]