What we do


Education and training unlock endless opportunities


Skills and knowledge are the foundations upon which we all build our careers, our families and communities, our confidence and even our identities.

And yet, millions of young people around the world are denied access to even the most basic schooling or skills training.

Build It has developed a simple but highly effective model in Zambia. It consists of:

  • A high-quality skills training programme. This is enabling us to train young, local men and women with new skills in construction. As a result they can find work, earn a living and provide for their families. These skills empower them with the chance of a brighter future.
  • Construction of community buildings. This includes primary and secondary schools and health clinics, helping to bring essential services to some of Zambia’s most disadvantaged communities.

Our impact

Our approach was developed where it matters the most – at the grassroots. As a result we believe it enables us to have a genuinely sustainable impact on the lives of young people, their families and their communities.

We know that there is paid work for those who complete our certified, training programmes. The Zambian Government has demonstrated its commitment to provide qualified teachers and clinical staff where we have built classrooms and health facilities.

We continue to test and refine our approach. Every year we fund an independent impact study. It looks at our work and how well our trainees are doing in the world of work. It provides strong evidence of the difference we are making in people’s lives, and helps us to see what we can do better.

A summary of our 2019 impact study is available here – please contact us if you would like to see the full report. Our 2020 impact study was delayed by the pandemic, but will be available shortly.

Our work positively impacts on the following Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) to create a better world by 2030:

SDG 1 - No poverty
SDG 4 - Quality Education
SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Fridah was one of our trainees who helped to build Chitukuko Community School. With her new skills, Fridah is now able to support her family including her son Justin.

“I had to leave school early because my parents couldn’t afford the fees,” said Fridah.

“This meant that my job options were few, so when I heard about the building training it was too good to pass up. I didn’t think I would like building this much, I’m surprised! Plastering and roofing are my favourite jobs.”

Justin is able to study Maths, his favourite subject, in one of the three large classrooms at the school. 

“I like the job my Mum does,” says Justin, “I like that she built my school and I think she is very strong!”

Photo credit: Jennifer Bruce for Communication for Development Ltd

Building Brighter Futures

We have a way to make positive changes and having laid the foundations for growth. In 2017 we launched Building Brighter Futures (2017 – 2021) to help us take a bold leap forward. It set out our plans to double the size of our programme by 2021 and bring skills training to the heart of what we do.

A huge thank you to everyone who continues supporting our vision. The impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic means that it will take longer to meet our goals, but our overall direction of travel is clear and courage is one of our core values.

Thousands of young people and their communities in Zambia are enjoying brighter futures thanks to your support