Jul 11, 2011

Check out our Blog!

This summer Building Tomorrow has revamped its blog with the help of our amazing interns. Below are a few excerpts. Check out www.buildingtomorrow.org/blog to follow our updates all summer long! 


This summer we are trying to boost our support base on Twitter and we thought who better to help us than rapper extraordinaire, Ellen Degeneres. So we wrote a little ditty to the tune of her favorite song, that we think you (and Ellen, obviously) will enjoy. Go ahead, click ‘play’, and if you like what you see, be sure to show all your friends. With your help it might make its way all the way to Ellen!

Check out the video here!

Be sure to follow @bldgtomorrow on twitter!


Random Opportunities of Kindness

Ellie Chernosky of the University of Texas at Austin contacted us out of the blue about getting involved. As philanthropy chair for her sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma, she was looking for a meaningful cause for the chapter to get involved with. She was researching online when she stumbled across our small but mighty organization. She was taken with BT’s purpose and knew that it was the perfect cause for Kappa to rally around. In an email that she recently sent us, she said that after exploring our website—particularly www.calculateit.org—and learning about our other active college chapters, she was excited about Building Tomorrow’s mission and all the ways there are to fundraise and tell others about the cause.








Why We Do What We Do - A BT Intern's Point of View

The number of charities and organizations representing various causes can be overwhelming. The search term “non-profit organizations” itself gets 38,800,000 hits on Google. So it’s reasonable for me to consider my position, giving up my summer for no pay as an intern at one of those establishments, and ask myself a fundamental question. “Why?” Among all the things one could devote herself to, is building schools in a country all the way across the ocean actually important? Is it necessary? Is it worth it? And why Building Tomorrow?

Education is important. To make that education obtainable, schools are necessary. And if I can improve another person’s life by building that infrastructure, then working at Building Tomorrow is definitely worth it.


Thank you again for your support of Building Tomorrow!

May 11, 2011

What does your Education Cost?

What does an education cost?


Building Tomorrow launched a new online tool this year enabling anyone that went to school in the US to calculate the cost of their elementary education. All you need to do is enter the year you were born and the state where you went to school.

My 1st through 7th grade education cost $56,077. Building Tomorrow can provide a child in Uganda with an P1-P7 education for $350. That difference is outstanding. And for just $10 I can help Building Tomorrow build another classroom.

I'd like to invite you to calculate the cost of your education here and share your results with friends and family.


Feb 18, 2011

Introducing... the BT Academy of Jomba

After cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially declare the new Building Tomorrow (BT) Academy of Jomba open, Vice President of Uganda Gilbert Bukenya strapped on his dancing shoes and joined the singing and dancing led by a chorus of future students to celebrate the completion of the area’s first permanently-built school structure.

The BT Academy of Jomba will first welcome students on Monday, February 21 with the capacity to eventually house 325 kids in grades Primary One through Primary Seven (US equivalent of 1st-7th grade). The Academy, a 10-room structure constructed with the support of the City of Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls becomes the first permanently-built school structure in an immediate area serving students from the villages of Jomba, Kibone, Kitinda, and Kawooya. Jomba-outside

“What has been done here is a very wonderful thing,” Bukenya said. “And today I pledge to pay for the construction of teacher’s quarters at this very place, with funds of my own.”

The Vice President’s commitment, similar to one he made to construct teacher’s quarters at the recently-opened BT Academy of Sentigi, was met with great excitement by community parents and guardians who have made good on their own pledge to provide 20,000 of unskilled labor to construct the Academy.

“The first time I came here, we sat under that tree and had a meeting,” BT Uganda Country Director Joseph Kalisa said. “And today we see the excitement of this place and these people for the opening of this very, very strong academy.”Jomba-thanks

Students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls have raised over $15,000 to support the construction of the Academy through a host of events ranging from “The Big Event,” a homecoming concert headlined by award winning singer Shawn Mullins to BT’s signature on-campus philanthropy, Bike to Uganda.

BT Academies are constructed out of all local supplies, including over 50,000 hand crafted bricks, local timber and other aggregate materials. BT partners with the local ministry of education to fund the ongoing costs related to teacher salaries and provides continuing teacher training for BT Academy staff.

BT is an international social-profit organization encouraging philanthropy among young people by raising awareness and funds to build and support educational infrastructure projects for underserved children in sub-Saharan Africa. BT works with a college network of nearly 25 chapters nationwide and has a partnership with the 245,000 members-strong Key Club International, the world’s largest high school service organization. The BT Academy of Jomba is the seventh location built and opened by the organization, which now has space to accommodate over 2,400 students throughout Uganda.

Check out the video link attached to see footage of the Academy and celebrations from the opening!


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