Community building projects

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Zambia needs thousands of new classrooms and health facilities. Build It has completed 47 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 good 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.

LIGHT OF HOPE COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Light of Hope School is in an impoverished community of around 250 households. Recent crop failure has made rural life very difficult and has seen more families moving into this semi-urban area, situated on the edge of the town of Livingstone.

The children urgently needed a local school as they were travelling long distances to Nyanzabili town. In frustration, the community took matters into their own hands, building a very basic classroom on land gifted to them by the local Headman.

Within two years, school enrolment grew to 155 children, and will soon reach 200. The existing school structure is unstable and unsustainable. The school currently has four volunteer teachers who are struggling to cope. Without a proper building and sanitation, the Ministry of Education will not send qualified teachers to educate the children. There are are no latrines or appropriate hand washing facilities.

With your support, we want to:

  • Build a three classroom school building, with office for teachers and strong room for exam papers
  • Build a latrine block with four cubicles and hand washing stations
  • Build a teacher’s house, which will enable the Government to send trained teachers
  • Train a group of young, unemployed people giving them new skills in construction to be able to earn a living

LIBUYU HEALTH CLINIC

Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and new-born babies.

We want to improve services for women around Libuyu Health Clinic. The clinic is situated in a poor, heavily populated community in Livingstone and serves an urban population of over 20,000 people. Maternal mortality is higher in women living in rural areas and among poorer communities, and young adolescents face higher risks of complications then other women.

The maternity ward currently has 1 doctor, 10 nurses and 9 midwives. The delivery room is small, basic and positioned next to the clinic reception area offering little privacy or dignity to women as they have their babies. As a result, pregnant women sometimes wait until night time to go to the clinic putting themselves and their unborn child at risk of complications. Due to the demand on beds and staffing, there is little time offered for aftercare once the baby is born.

With your support we want to build a new maternity unit, and reconfigure the rest of the clinic to improve patient care.

The new maternity unit will have:

  • 5 antenatal beds
  • 5 post-natal beds
  • Delivery room with 2 beds
  • Sluice room
  • Toilets and shower
  • Waiting area
  • Connection to mains electricity

We will train a group of young, unemployed people from the local community on the construction of these new facilities. Their new skills will create new opportunities for them to find work and provide for their families.