“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
30 September 2020:
Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and, like everybody else, we are learning to live with the new normal, both in Zambia and in the UK.
For many people in Zambia, where two-thirds of the population are living in poverty, life is much as it always has been – a struggle to make ends meet. It is not clear whether or not the country is through the first ‘wave’, but schools have re-opened, markets are busy and there are large gatherings of people. Thankfully mortality rates do appear to be staying low – possibly due to Zambia’s young population but much is unknown.
We remain vigilant and with a number of safety measures in place, we are steadily increasing our programme of work:
- In late July, we resumed our Training into Work programme at the Centre for Excellence, delighted to welcome back our young trainees. With a reduced number of learners on site, our new distance learning materials continue to provide additional support to our trainees.
- In September, we resumed our community building work with the start of a new project at Light of Hope Community school and additional facilities at Katombora Reformatory School.
- The response so far to our Safe Hands appeal has been amazing. It has enabled us to start the construction of hand washing facilities in at least 18 local schools, helping to keep children safe for years to come.
In the UK, our fundraising team continues to keep in touch with our fantastic community of supporters, as well as finding creative ways to expand support for our work – take a look at our Walking with a Purpose and watch out for exciting developments from our Young Professionals Board.
We know our work makes a huge difference to peoples’ lives. We are determined to continue to deliver on our mission, both during the pandemic and beyond, remaining firmly committed to building brighter futures in Zambia.
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