Building Tomorrow, Inc.

Building Tomorrow envisions a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so. Working towards this goal, Building Tomorrow empowers young people to invest their resources, time and talents in providing students in East Africa with access to an education.
Nov 9, 2012

Progress Report: the BT Academy of Kidula

Nov 8, 2012 | Kidula Progress Report
name the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kidula
supported by UNC-Chapel Hill
location Kidula, Luwero District, Uganda
design single row of classrooms
groundbreaking December 30, 2011
status plastering the interior

breaking ground | nov '11
The community of Kidula broke ground on Building Tomorrow’s 12th academy amidst what they described as ‘many, many cheers.’ When local leaders asked the community to start work on Tuesday, they quickly protested. Monday sounded better.

laying the foundation | jun '12
Construction continues like that of a well-oiled machine. The foundation has been set and walls are beginning to take shape. Bricks are brought in by the truck-load and masons are hard at work.

making way for a road | jun '12
Joseph Kaliisa, Building Tomorrow's Uganda Country Director, addresses 30 volunteers on a Wednesday afternoon. Over the course of a week, more than 250 community volunteers show up, without fail, on their assigned day to work. On this particular day, they were clearing the way for a permanent road to the school.

one year later | oct '12
This time last year, UNC students were rounding out the 7,000+ miles to Uganda and wrapping up fundraising for their first BT Academy. Fast-forward one year and UNC is $13,000+ towards their 2nd academy and their first academy is ready for the roof.

raising the roof | oct '12
Timber was delivered on-site this week and construction began on the trusswork to support the roof. Before the tin sheets are attached, the timber will be painted with a sealant to protect it from termite damage.

The Academy is beginning to take its final shape.

heavy rains | nov '12
Although heavy rains have slowed construction, our team is still hard at work. The roof is up and soon they'll be installing windows & doors.

pay it forward | nov '12
Last weekend, 20+ dads worked tirelessly on the nearly completed Academy. In their words, their time has 'expired,' so it's time to 'pay it forward.'

Next up? Plastering, landscaping & finishing touches.

Sep 25, 2012

An update from Kyeitabya, Uganda

Last month, community members in the village of Kyeitabya, Uganda celebrated the completion & formal commissioning of their new school, the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya, supported and designed by the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.

Hear from Building Tomorrow-Uganda's former Education Support Officer, Apollo Muganiira, as he discusses what the celebration meant to him:

"It's a great day. It's a new beginning. Especially for achieving quality education.  The community has received a facility which is a school classroom block and I think that it's going to facilitate in contributing towards the quality of education. And I also think that the community is happy because they are participating in celebrating what they have contributed, their physical involvement, the work they have provided. They are all so happy and everyone is happy.

...I'm so excited because this project has started from scratch and I can see now it has materialized into a real school."

(Click on the image below to watch the full video)

Apollo discussing the Building Tomorrow Academy of Kyeitabya

Jul 31, 2012

President Clinton is Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow Founder & Uganda Country Director, George Srour and Joseph Kaliisa, with President & Chelsea Clinton at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita on Friday, July 20

On his first trip to Uganda since 1998, President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea made a 90 minute stop at the Building Tomorrow Academy of Gita on Friday, July 20, visiting teachers and students in classrooms, watching dances by the school choir and greeting hundreds of community members gathered at the academy.

“It is good to be back in Uganda,” President Clinton said while addressing the crowd. “…we are supporting Uganda’s progress and helping young boys and girls to live their dreams.”

The Clintons, accompanied by a traveling delegation, visited several of the academy’s classrooms, dropping in on students learning about everything from varying types of soils to adverbs and adjectives.

“Your teachers here are so good, I didn’t even want to leave the classroom,” President Clinton said.

Read more about the visit on NBC World News and view photos online.

This was absolutely incredible, for Building Tomorrow, for Uganda, for Gita, ... for all of us. But we have much more work to do, and hopefully President Clinton's endorsement helps us take a big step forward.

We hope you can help us take a big step forward, too.

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