Since 2005, Building for Education has been working to provide education facilities in East Africa.


Who we are

Formerly known as Hope Foundation Development NZ, Building for Education is a New Zealand Government registered charitable trust overseen 100% volunteers. Structurally consisting of an operational board with twice annual review from a select advisory board, be* divides its operations into two distinct management sectors.

East African operations: Overseeing project management, research, construction, design and resource allocation.

New Zealand operations: Overseeing fundraising, skilled volunteer management, public and corporate relations and communications.

Governance Board


Dr Jim Bentley - Chairman

CEO of the Synergine Group and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Research, Jim Bently brings a wealth of international governance and infrastructure development to BE*. Holding key portfolios for Thames Water throughout the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East prior to helming MetroWater. Jim has a proven track-record in the management and growth of complex organisations.

John Blaiklock - Executive Director

With over two decades of experience in managing a nation-wide property portfolio, John Blaiklock brings to BE* an intimate understanding of how to help organisations manage and grow their property assets.

John Buchan- Project Manager

Director of his own Auckland-based construction company, John brings his essential project management, site assessment and materials sourcing experience to BE* onsite operations.

Anita Woodfield - Financial Director

Previously chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, Anita brings over 15 years of wide-ranging accounting and audit experience in NZ, the UK and the USA to Building for Education, including roles with a number of charitable organisations, start-up companies and NZX listed groups.



Taking into account the challenging environments in which BE* projects are inevitably situated, accountability and clearly defined management procedures are vital for project success and for parties on both sides of the process.

How does be* identify and approve projects?

 After five years of vital experience working in the challenging aid and development environment of East Africa, Building for Education has developed into an organisation with a strong focus on constructing a type of building with a narrowly defined situation – making the task of identifying suitable projects and partner organisations a lot easier.

Having already established strong partnerships in East Africa, we rely heavily on credible local knowledge to help us identify appropriate prospects and then put them through our risk management matrix, a simple but exhaustive set of criteria – covering issues like location, school governance, community involvement, government accreditation, local contractor skill and more – to help us make strong and effective decisions, both remotely and on the ground in East Africa.

What quality control process does be* undertake on its projects? 

Building for Education provides a project template designed to be flexible in the right areas (such as local geographic conditions and individualised project outcomes) and set in stone other vital areas (such as building design, construction materials and use, stage by stage reporting and timelines). Final quality control and project sign-off is undertaken by a contracted independent party in each territory to avoid corruption and ensure that BE* projects meet the highest standards and to ensure longevity.

What is the Charity and Tax Status of be*?

Formerly known as Hope Foundation Development NZ, Building for Education is registered with the NZ Charities Commission – No. CC24028 – and has been granted offshore tax-free status by the Inland Revenue Department in addition to being recognised as a charitable trust.

This means donations are tax deductible for New Zealand tax payers.

Finance policy

At be* our policy is that a minimum of 90% of all project donations will be delivered directly to on-ground projects. be* gives 100% of Small Change donations to the Moindabi project. 


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