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.

Mar 09,2018

International Women’s Day

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Women like Enelesi who thanks to your support, and her hard work and determination, is now a builder. MORE THAN JUST A JOB, IT MEANS A NEW FUTURE “My name is Enelesi and I am […]

Mar 05,2018

Centre For Excellence: Next phase

Construction continues at our new training centre, our Centre for Excellence, in Lusaka. It is estimated that Zambia needs around 17,000 new construction workers each year but very few school leavers are given the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to pursue this opportunity. Our new centre will allow us to substantially expand our training […]

Feb 13,2018

Clean and green: New use for old plastic

There is growing concern about the effect of plastic waste on the environment recognising the urgent need to reduce our plastic consumption. Build It has been re-using unwanted plastic bottles and turning them into useful building material. Used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) drinks bottle have been filled with earth and used in the construction of a […]

Feb 13,2018

Completion of Katole Community School

Over 100 children in the isolated rural community of Katole are looking forward to the opening of their new school with hundreds more children to benefit over the coming years. The original old mud block building had collapsed. However the children continued to be taught in the remains of the school which was unsafe and […]