Community building projects

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Zambia needs thousands of new classrooms and health facilities. Build It has completed over 40 community building projects bringing essential services to some of Zambia's most disadvantaged communities

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Although the Zambian economy has steadily grown in recent years, the level of poverty remains stubbornly high. Many of Zambia’s children and young people are being forgotten. They are falling through the cracks of the education system and without skills and qualifications, their prospects are limited.

Zambia is a tough place to grow up but there are real opportunities to transform lives. Our building projects give local communities access to new, high quality school facilities and clinics. The projects offer our construction trainees valuable work experience. They put their new skills into practice, helping to strengthen their chance of finding employment and to earn a decent living.

We carefully consider the environmental impact and energy costs of all our projects. We use local building materials, sustainable technologies and improved designs that are appropriate to the local community. We build latrines at all our projects to improve the health and well-being of children and encourage more girls to remain in school. At projects without clean water, we drill a borehole and install a water pump.

Our 2018 community projects at Machaya and Kamaila are complete, and we look forward to sharing photos of their official openings in spring 2019.

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MACHAYA COMMUNITY SCHOOL

This overcrowded community school for vulnerable children and orphans is being evicted from its premises at Dudzai village, 10 miles north of Lusaka. The school had been using a rented building owned by a family living abroad, and the family recently gave the school notice to vacate the property.

Thankfully the community managed to secure a new plot in a nearby area called Machaya, but needed our support to build a new three-classroom block. As well as the classrooms, latrines have been built and a new pump installed bringing clean water to the local community.

KAMAILA COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Kamaila is a Government supported school with 20 teachers and over 1,000 children. The school has just eight classrooms including a new science lab and computer room. Already there are too few classrooms, with classes split between morning and afternoon school to support as many children as possible. Added to this, four classrooms were condemned as unsafe.

The dynamic head teacher, Mrs Simpande Jolly Luzango, has established a well organised, effective school with motivated teachers and extra-curricular activities but the school is seriously overcrowded. The community asked for help to build new classrooms for their children. Although not able to contribute financially, they collected over 250 tonnes of sand, stone and gravel for the build. A new classroom block now stands where the old classrooms were, and additional latrines will help improve children’s health and well being.