Mellon Educate

Founded in 2002, 22,000 charity volunteers have built 25,000 houses, providing 125,000 Africans with new homes.
Our new mission is to provide better standards of education to 100,000 children in Africa.

Every year, Mellon Educate organises their now renowned “building blitz” trip to Africa for volunteers from all over the world to travel and lend a helping hand building better infrastructure in poor African communities.

Together, we’ve housed 125,000 local people in high grade permanent homes, replacing dilapidated shack living conditions. Since 2013, Mellon Educate charity has set about improving access to better standards of education in African townships.

To date, the charity has built 10 new schools and renovated many more, providing over 10,000 young children a better chance at life. We are building towards educational programmes throughout Africa that will benefit over 100,000 primary school kids.

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People Housed


Schools Built


Children Educated To Date

Charity Targets

We achieved our goal to house over 100,000 local Africans living in townships.
The Mellon Educate Results Programme sets out a new set of targets.

12,500 out of 100,000 children in education
125,000 out of 200,000 volunteers
75% average pass rate for school pupils
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  • Volunteering for Mellon Educate is like a bug that never leaves you. The last three years I have left South Africa thinking that it was my last trip, but by the next January I can't wait to sign up again! For me the defining facts are the sense of pride that never leaves you and the friendships that will last a lifetime. It's an experience you will never forget.

    Brad Wood
  • Africa gets into your blood and calls you back year after year. Little did I think that when I signed up in 2010 that it would become such a huge part of my life and that it would be on a building site in South Africa that I would meet my husband!

    Tracey Weldon
  • I became involved after seeing Niall on the Late Late Show. I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I have been exposed to the reality of poverty up close and this has stopped me taking anything for granted and spoiling my children too much. 

    Sandy Dunne