COVID-19 pandemic

Our response


In these unprecedented and challenging times, we will keep you updated with how Build It is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Courage and collaboration are the Build It values coming to the fore…

Now more than ever, we remain committed to building brighter futures in Zambia.”

Andrew Jowett OBE
Chief Executive

Build It has been working in Zambia for over ten years and we know our work makes a real difference to peoples’ lives.

We continue taking decisions to ensure that Build It emerges from this global crisis in a sound state and able to resume our full programme of our work.

We expect our 2020 income to be down by around 10%, but we are very encouraged by the continued commitment expressed by so many of our generous supporters. We have adjusted our outgoings and continue to keep this under constant review.

We have been looking at how we can adapt our work to play our part in responding to this crisis and support the young people and communities we work with. With challenges come new opportunities, and we are pleased to share that we have recently launched two new initiatives.

Our distance learning programme is supporting our young trainees to continue with their learning at home. We know that social distancing and reduced class sizes will mean that our distance learning materials will continue to play a key role in our training programme in the weeks and months to come.

We have been engaging with a number of schools we have worked with over the years to see what they need, and how we can help them as schools across Zambia start to reopen. As a result, we have launched our Safe Hands appeal building permanent hand washing facilities at a number of local schools, with space for 18 children to wash their hands at the same time. We will train some of our graduates to help us build these new facilities.

The next few months continue to bring unprecedented challenges, but we remain firmly committed to building brighter futures in Zambia.


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