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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Jul 31, 2012
President Clinton is Building Tomorrow
By George & Joseph - BT Founder & Chief Dreamer, BT Uganda Director
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.
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.
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.
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).