Build A School for Kids in Uganda

by Building Tomorrow, Inc.
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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.

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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

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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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Kappa Kappa Gammas at UT-Austin, Ellie 2nd from leftBuilding 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—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 future BT Academy of Kabasegwa will replace this structure 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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How is it March already?

Time definitely flies when you're busy and the past couple of months have kept us on our toes, for sure: we opened our 8th academy (the BT Academy of Bubeezi), broke ground on our 11th, 12th and 13th academies (Lukindu, Kidula, Bugabo respectively) and teamed up with 7 new schools and organizations to fundraise for an additional 7 academies...just to name a few. Not to mention being knee-deep in planning for our 5th annual Build-a-School Night (by the way, we hope you'll join us!).

On that note, we've got lots to share with you & hope you enjoy our latest newsletter! As always, webale nnyo for your continued support!



in the US

"I am a firm believer that bettering our world starts with ensuring that our future generations will be better off than we are."
  -Hayley Swindell, UT-Austin

BT Ambassadors
Since January 1st, we've had students at six colleges in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and New Jersey - including Sarah Burke at Furman University - apply for our re-vamped BT Ambassadors Program. Their goal? Raise enough to fund a new academy in Uganda.
You can, too.

Bike to Uganda
It's that time of year again! After learning about UNC's successful partnership with the APPLES Service Learning program, and with Bike to Uganda season just around the corner, our student chapter at Indiana University decided that the best way to strengthen their community (locally and globally) was to team up with a service-learning class to plan and execute their largest event of the year. Stay tuned to follow their progress.

And if you're interested in joining the ride at your school, at your office or in your community, visit to learn how.

St. Peters in Katy, Texas
"I love helping kids and inspiring their initiative to learn. My friends and family are very blessed and I feel like I need to give back."
  -Ashley, 8th grader at St. Peters

A couple of weeks ago we got an email, completely out of the blue, from Sydni, a youth director from St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas. She had literally stumbled across us on Twitter and was excited to rally her students behind Building Tomorrow. Today, with support from their family & friends, they're working to raise $60,000 and fund the construction of a new school in Uganda.
Follow their progress...

We've teamed up with CH2M HILL, global leader in full-service engineering, construction and operations for this year's Backboards to Blackboards Challenge as they try to raise $2,000 towards the construction of a school in Uganda. Follow their progress and contact us if you think your company or business might like to team up with BT, too.

Our summer internships are online! We have 7 openings and you need not be based in Indianapolis. Spread the word! Deadline to apply is April 1st.

in Uganda

The Building Tomorrow Academy of Bubeezi, supported by The Engage Network, officially opened at the end of January and welcomed its first class of students at the start of the term last month! [view photos of the opening]

In 2006, Key Clubbers from across the globe rallied together during Key Club week to raise funds for a school in Uganda. In 2008, the Building Tomorrow Academy of Lutisi, supported by Key Club, opened its doors to hundreds of students in rural Uganda; students like Patrick Ssegando. In 2011, Patrick sat for his Primary Leaving Exams. In 2012, the results came in. [find out what happened...]

Five years of BT
In case you haven't heard, Building Tomorrow turned five years old last fall and, to celebrate, threw a big party in downtown Indianapolis. The main attraction was a video highlighting all we have accomplished, in both the US and Uganda, over the past five years. If you haven't seen it yet, we encourage you to check it out.
[watch the video]

Teacher training
"My grandfather was a teacher, my father was a teacher, I am also a teacher."
  -Muhammad Ssemuyaga, Gita Head Teacher

In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, BT recently launched a commitment to not only construct an additional 50 academies over the next 5 years but to invest in the training of 450 teachers to improve the quality of learning inside our walls, too.

Building Tomorrow students in Uganda are one month in to their first school term. Meanwhile, construction continues on academies 9-13:

Kyeitabya - supported by the University of Notre Dame, the final bricks are being laid and the latrines are complete!

Nakaseeta - supported by the NA Barakat Family, construction on the 3rd and final classroom block is nearing completion.

Lukindu - supported by the Segal Family Foundation, construction on this academy began in Nov 2011.

Kidula - supported by UNC-Chapel Hill, construction began in Dec 2011.

Bugabo - supported by Davidson College & Virginia Tech, construction began in Jan 2012.

In light of our partnership with One Day's Wages, we've launched a #OneDaysEducation campaign & invite you to complete this sentence on Twitter: Education is ...

"Education can give you an opportunity to change your life." - Sarah Burke Sigmon, Furman



college - start a chapter @ your college or university
hs - plan an event @ your high school
teachers - sit for good with your classroom
young alumni - join the social investment council
anyone - donate your birthday via


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