About Mellon Educate

Founded in 2002, Mellon Educate has provided 175,000 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.

In conjunction with the South African government, we’ve housed 175,000 local people in high grade permanent homes, replacing dilapidated shack living conditions. Since 2013, Mellon Educate has set about improving access to better standards of education in African townships.

To date, the charity has built/renovated 32 schools, providing over 50,000 young children with a better chance at life. We are building towards educational programmes throughout Africa that will benefit over 100,000 primary school kids.


People Housed


Schools Reached



Volunteer in 2023

One week of the Mellon Educate ‘Building Blitz’ will change your life.
More importantly, it will change the lives of thousands of impoverished children who desperately need your help.

  • “I see tremendous strength across our Mellon Covid 19 Team, to just do what needs to be done, without any thought of personal impact. When we distribute the parcels, I see a frighteningly endless need for food, desperate hunger on the faces of so many we help.  I feel gratitude for the amazing support we have from our teams in Ireland and the UK, and for our incredible volunteers….I think of Niall, his vision and leadership and the legacy of 18 years supporting people in the poorest communities…I feel great pride!”

    Bernadette Smyth, Strategic Partnerships
  • Africa gets into your blood and calls you back year after year. Little did I think that when I signed up 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


On this historic 20th anniversary of our charity’s Building Blitz week, we are returned to Cape Town’s township Khayelitsha and undertook much needed work at Yomelela Primary School and Injongo Primary School, jointly attended by 2,310 children.

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