Dec 28, 2012 | Kabasegwa Progress Report name the BT Academy of Kabasegwa supported by Kappa Kappa Gamma at UT-Austin location Kabasegwa, Lyantonde District, Uganda design 2 distinct classroom blocks groundbreaking September 21, 2012 status the walls are beginning to take shape October 2011 Kappa Kappa Gammas at UT-Austin, led by senior Ellie Chernosky, reached their fundraising goal of $45,000 for a new primary school for 325 students in Uganda. May 2012 In partnership with the community of Kabasegwa, Uganda and the local Ministry of Education, the future Building Tomorrow Academy of Kabasegwa was formally commissioned. Once the donation of land has been finalized, groundbreaking will occur! September 2012 Building Tomorrow's team in Uganda joined parents, family and friends of future students as they gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of their Academy. October 2012 The entire community has been working tirelessly since the groundbreaking. From clearing the land to digging the foundation, they've come out in droves to offer their help in any way they can. October 2012 Truckloads of bricks are delivered regularly to lay the foundation and build the walls of the Academy. A handful of skilled masons, assisted by community volunteers, are ensuring a high standard of construction. November 2012 The foundation walls have been built up around certain areas of the Academy to account for the slope of the land and ensure a level foundation and floor. November 2012With more than 800 bags of cement needed to mix all of the concrete for the foundation, walls and floor of an academy, water is brought in by the wheelbarrow-full and concrete is hand-mixed directly on-site. December 2012The community in Kabasegwa has proven to be one of our most active partners ever. To speed up construction and ensure everyone could help, they formed one of many assembly lines to move materials needed to build up the floor. December 2012Community volunteers are pouring the foundation and casting the concrete slab floor of the lower classroom block and the walls are beginning to take shape!
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.
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."
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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.
Building Tomorrow supporters have come across our work in more ways than we are even aware of, so it came as no surprise when Ellie Chernosky of the University of Texas-Austin contacted us about getting involved in March 2011. As philanthropy chair for her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, she was looking for a meaningful cause to rally her chapter around. She was researching online when she stumbled across our work. She was taken with our purpose and knew that Building Tomorrow was the perfect cause for Kappa. In an email, she said that after exploring our website—particularly calculateit.org—and learning about our other college chapters, she was excited about our mission and all the ways to fundraise and tell others about the cause. Ellie “loved that people could see directly where their money was going” and that 100% of funds raised by students goes directly to building schools in Uganda. With the support-base of 150 girls in her chapter and the Greek system at Texas, she saw huge potential. She was spot-on. In seven months, Ellie’s chapter raised $45,000 and plans were put in motion for Building Tomorrow’s 14th academy in Uganda, the future BT Academy of Kabasegwa. The new Academy will be BT’s first in Lyantonde District, located approximately 180km (3-4hrs drive) outside of Kampala. The Academy will serve the villages of Kabasegwa, Gayaaza, Kakibanda, Omukatoogo, Buyanja, Kabetemere, Bioworobo and Lyakisana. Current classroom infrastructure in Kabasegwa consists of a temporary structure partitioned by papyrus to accommodate six classes (P1-P6). View our 2011 annual report for more news, updates & success stories from the past year.
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