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 juveniles back into society.

Speaking at the launch event on 17 October at Lusaka Centre Correctional facility, UP Zambia Executive Director Sara Larios said:

“While work has already started on this three-year project, we felt it was important to officially launch the Rise Again project to all the different partners involved and to look at ways we can work together.”

Vulnerable young people can turn to crime when they have no legitimate employment prospects. Build It will focus on strengthening vocational skills training offered to juveniles at Katombora Reformatory School, Livingstone giving them new skills and new opportunities to find work when they leave.

Build It Zambia Country Director Sughra Hussain said:

“Our role in this project is to take the training approach that we have developed and deliver it within Katombora, where we will be training juveniles in Bricklaying and Rough Carpentry.

We know that young people need more than technical skills to succeed in the workplace so we will also be supporting them with Life Skills, both at Katombora and also extended across the Lusaka facility and Kamwala prison.”

Project launch: Addresses by Ronald Musapa (representative of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs), Sughra Hussain (Build It International), Sara Larios (UP Zambia) and Patricia Kapolyo (EU Project Manager)

Build It has been working with Katombora trainers delivering several ‘Train the Trainer’ workshops to enable them to deliver Build It’s entry-level training courses in Brick and Blocklaying and in Rough Carpentry.

18 Brick and Blocklaying trainees and 11 Rough Carpentry trainees have been recruited this year. In all, Build It will train 180 juveniles over three years giving them new skills and support to successfully reintegrate into society.