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Building for the future at Zambezi Sawmills School

Build It is raising money to build 3 classrooms and a computer room for over 780 pupils at the thriving but extremely overcrowded Zambezi Community School in a poor and densely populated area of urban Livingstone in southern Zambia.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115989)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target





  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)




Zambezi Sawmills is a thriving and successful community school in Zambia.The school is in a poor but densely populated urban area of Livingstone, about 4km from Livingstone town centre. With over 755 pupils, 349 girls and 406 boys, the school urgently needs additional classroom space as it expands to offer secondary school tuition in 2022. This will reduce overcrowding from an average of 100 pupils currently to each small classroom.


Build It will recruit 23 local unemployed young men and women and train them in construction skills whilst building 3 classrooms and a computer room with electricity at Zambezi Sawmills Community School. The additional space will reduce the overcrowding on the school site, enabling the school to offer secondary education, and will give 20 trainees the skills to enable them to find a job and earn a living.

  • "We would allow them to progress, that is our dream”

    — Ms Belita Tembo, Headteacher at Zambezi Sawmills School

  • “Our aim is to level the field, they can be something in the future, have an education and a career”

    — Ms Belita Tembo, Headteacher at Zambezi Sawmills School