Who are we?
The ACE2Zambia project is a scheme run jointly by the Wallace Group – a 7 member group of universities – and the University of Bath Architecture and Civil Engineering department.
Our mission is to provide permanent sports facilities in Zambian communities that would otherwise never have access to them. This is possible via a strong relationship with Sport in Action, an NGO in Zambia which uses sport as a tool for development.
The ACE2Zambia team changes each year and comprises up to six Architecture and Civil Engineering students who plan, execute, and manage the project themselves.
What do we do?
The ultimate aim of the project is to construct new sports facilities and monitor and repair existing ones. Although the team are always willing to get their hands dirty, the work is carried out by Zambian contractors. A large part of the team’s job is to plan the construction, write specifications, engage contractors (and negotiate a price) and oversee the work to ensure high quality and health & safety standards are maintained.
How do we do it?
The team must acquire new funding each year to pay for the construction work. For many months before the actual six week trip to Zambia, the team seeks funding from corporate sponsors, charitable grants and the public through fundraising events. The project is supported annually by the Wallace Group.
The costs of flights and living in Zambia are separate and the team has to fund these parts themselves, although of course this can be done through personal fundraising.