Photo montage of Build It community raising their hands in support of International Women's Day 2021
Mar 08,2021

#ChooseToChallenge on International Women’s Day

Education is empowerment. On International Women’s Day 2021 we pledge our commitment to increasing the number of women we train.  We #ChooseToChallenge today and everyday. So raise your hand up high to show you’re in.

Bricklaying trainee Nelly showing her support for International Women's Day
Mar 04,2021

Getting ready for International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021 celebrates the achievements of women, and calls to accelerate gender parity. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge. We can all choose to challenge gender inequality, choose to celebrate women’s achievements. From challenge comes change. Raise your hand high to show you’re in. Build It works in the construction sector […]

PPE supplies being presented to Head Teacher for Bissell Community Mr Sebastián Mundando
Feb 28,2021

Further schools benefiting from your support

28 February 2021. Your generous support to our Safe Hands appeal means we have been distributing more essential supplies to schools in Zambia. In February, a further eight schools benefited from face masks, soap, hand sanitizers, granular chlorine and no-contact digital thermometers to help stop the spread of Covid-19. At Bissell Community School, 453 face […]

2020 brick and block laying trainees finishing at the Centre for Excellence
Feb 26,2021

Working in the construction sector

Our last group of 2020 trainees are moving on from the Centre for Excellence to start their work placements. Work placements are a vital part of all our training courses. They enable trainees to gain further practical experience, as well as developing valuable contacts for future work. This area of work is led by our […]

Jan 22,2021

Helping schools to reopen safely

22 January 2021. The reopening of schools across Zambia after the Christmas holiday has been delayed by two weeks until 1 February. This is due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19. The Zambian Government says that this two-week period aims to allow schools to put in place measures to help protect learners and […]

Jan 21,2021

Walls going up at Light of Hope School

Our construction team has been making great progress on the new facilities for Light of Hope School on the outskirts of Livingstone. To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, we wanted to reduce the number of people working onsite. As a result, we contracted a smaller team of more experienced Build It graduates to deliver […]

Jan 15,2021

New facilities at Katombora

Work is progressing well on the construction of a new toilet and shower block at Katombora Reform School in Livingstone. Our bespoke design for the block features three toilets, three urinals, four wash basins and four showers. The current facilities are woefully inadequate. As a result the new block will help improve health and hygiene […]

Jan 15,2021

Graduation celebrations

15 January 2021. Due to the pandemic we have been unable to hold our usual graduation ceremonies, but we managed to finish 2020 with some mini celebrations. It was an opportunity celebrate the hard work and achievements of our trainees, plus a chance to catch-up and see how they’ve been doing during this difficult year. […]

Dec 18,2020

Challenge completed!

18 December 2020. Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent Star Jump challenge raising £850 for our Safe Hands appeal. Set by our Young Professionals Board (YPB), the challenge ran on social media throughout November. Beth Vuckovic is a member of the Board and explained what they hoped to achieve: ‘The Coronavirus […]

Dec 17,2020

£43,000 raised through the Big Give Christmas Challenge

Thank you to everyone who supported us through the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020. Your generous donations meant we raised an incredible £43,000 towards the construction of a new maternity and infant care unit at Libuyu Health Clinic in Livingstone. The new facilities will bring vital health services to over 20,000 people on the outskirts […]