What we do
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. With every day that passes, more and more of these young people fall through the cracks. Forgotten and ignored, many are destined to live below the poverty line and never achieve their true potential.
Build It has developed a simple yet highly effective approach to support poverty relief in Africa:
Training into Work
Our training enables thousands of unemployed young people in Zambia to secure valuable building skills and other vocational qualifications. Education and training helps them build a brighter future, transform their prospects, and make positive steps towards ending poverty in Africa
Our approach was developed where it matters the most – at the grassroots. We believe it enables us to have a genuinely sustainable impact on the lives of young people, their families and their communities.
We continue to test and refine our approach. Every year we fund an independent impact study. It provides strong evidence of the difference we are making in people’s lives, and helps us to see what we can do better.
Our work positively impacts on the following Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) to create a better world by 2030:
Fridah was one of our trainees who helped to build Chitukuko Community School. With her new skills, Fridah is 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