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This is a story about a
Heart
and a
Brick

How one man and 22,000 friends changed a nation desperate for change.
Now it's your turn to get involved.
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From building homes

In 2002 a big hearted Irishman stepped across a road that led to a poverty stricken township in the Cape of South Africa. The squalid living conditions Niall Mellon saw moved him deeply.

10 years later, with the collective help of more than 22,000 amazing volunteers, the local community and the S.A. Government we have managed to:

  • Build 25,000 homes
  • Transform the lives of 125,000 people
  • Mobilize 22,000 volunteers to participate in Building Blitz projects in the townships of South Africa
  • Fundraised and managed over £160m
  • Radically changed the South African housing policy
Now

to educating Africa

Our goal is to educate 100,000 impoverished African children.

In 2012, following an inspiring meeting with Nelson Mandela, Niall Mellon started planting bricks rather than laying them. He knew that by building schools, providing mentoring and teacher support, he would lay the seeds of growth and prosperity for the children of Africa. To date Mellon Educate has managed to:

  • Build and refurbish five schools
  • Train and mentor dozens of teachers
  • Help over 4,500 children
  • Raise pass rates from 20% to 75%

Smiles hide the fact that
None
of these children have
parents

Education is their
only hope.
JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND SCHOOL BUILDING BLITZ FROM THE UK

Volunteerism is contagious. We know because in the past decade we’ve organised some of the biggest ever volunteer building trips to South Africa. From a small group who went to help build houses in 2002, to over 2,000 joining us for a township building blitz in 2008.

Our goal for 2016 is to get 500 volunteers to be part of the second ever schools building blitz from the UK. These 500 ambassadors, of which you could be one, will be the catalyst to inspire us to mobilise 2,500 volunteers in 2017.

If we reach our 2017 target it will be the UK's largest ever one week trip of volunteers. Just think of the lasting impact we can make to the children of Africa if we work together to help achieve this.

It’s a story you will want to tell your own children.

This won't happen without you. Just one week of your life can change hundreds of others.

2015
we need
100
volunteers
the brick starters
Eastern Cape, South Africa, Nov 7 - 14
2016
we need
500
volunteers
the catalyst crowd
November 2016
date to be fixed
2017
we need
2,500
volunteers
the record breakers
Date to be fixed

From
SHACKROOMS

PLANTING Bricks

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Getting involved couldn’t be simpler. Our goal for 2016 is to raise over £5m from individual and business donations and to inspire 500 volunteers to join us from the UK on our unique ‘Building Blitz’ week in November 2016.

By helping us plant bricks you can transform the lives of these African children, giving them the gift of education and providing a legacy for future generations.

You will also profoundly change your own view of the world and make some great new friends along the way.

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela
Current state
On average
children start primary school every year
Of that one million
only 500,000 (50%) will attend secondary school
Of that 500,000
only 2,500 (0.25%) will pass honours maths in final year
That means only
2,500 out of 1,000,000 disadvantaged children
will pass matric honours maths
What we are doing

building schools

Implementing sustainable teacher training programmes

"When you see smiling faces and
amazing schools, know that without
your help, none of this would happen.
Thank you."
Niall Mellon