Community building projects


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


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.

With our 2019 community projects at Naluyanda, Mukuyu and Chitukuko Phase 2 now completed, plans are well underway for our 2020 projects in Livingstone.


Our Naluyanda Community School project will benefit 311 vulnerable children who are currently forced to use an overcrowded community school in Chibombo district; a peri-urban area north of the capital Lusaka.

The school is already struggling to cope as they have only one classroom and the rest old makeshift forestry offices, and the number of pupils is growing rapidly. The children are taught in shifts in cramped and unsuitable conditions. They lack suitable latrines and currently have no access to clean water.

With your support we set out to:

  • Build three-classroom school building, with an office and strong room for exam papers
  • Build a new sustainable latrine block to improve sanitation
  • Drill a new borehole and install a hand-pump to provide safe, clean water
  • Train 20 young, unemployed people from the local area giving them new skills and new opportunities

Check out our News page for latest updates from Naluyanda.


231 children are currently enrolled at the community school in Mukuyu, a rural community approximately 70km from Lusaka. The Village Headman sold five cows to build the existing classrooms but this is no longer enough for this growing school.

With your support we set out to:

  • Build a new three-classroom block with an office
  • Build a latrine block to improve health and well-being of the children, and encourage more girls to stay in school as they grow up
  • Improve teacher’s houses to encourage more qualified teachers to come to teach at the school
  • Train 15 young, local people with new construction skills so they can build themselves a brighter future

Check out our News page for latest updates from Mukuyu.


Build It was first involved with Chitukuko School, Chilanga District in 2016. We built a desperately needed 3 classroom school, latrine block and teachers house for the community who had been recently displaced when their land was sold. The community were slowing rebuilding their homes and their lives on a sparse and barren piece of land.

The new school opened with 3 teachers and 230 pupils in 2016 and has successfully grown with now 7 teachers and 468 pupils registered. This means that further building work is now urgently required to cope with the local growth and to ensure the school attracts quality teachers to provide the best education to the children at the school.

With your support we set out to:

  • Build two small teachers’ houses, with an open plan kitchen and living area, two bedrooms and an external latrine behind the house
  • Construct an additional latrine block. As the pupil numbers have doubled since the school was first opened, the original block is no longer enough and we want to separate male and female facilities by building an additional latrine block for female pupils and teachers to provide additional privacy

Check out our News page for latest updates from Chitukuko.