Project #6103

Build A School for Kids in Uganda

by Building Tomorrow, Inc.
Degeya Meeting
Degeya Meeting

In fall 2015, Building Tomorrow began work on its 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th schools: Matanda, Degeya, Sakabusolo, Kyantamba, and Nwankofo. In addition to the fifteen total schools under construction and site planning, Building Tomorrow staff and community partners have completed the construction of 23 schools thus far.  Building Tomorrow continues working toward the goal of providing access to a quality education to nearly 51,000 children in Uganda by 2019 as part of its Educate51K initiative.

In addition to Building Tomorrow’s commitment to provide access to education BT has a strong commitment to providing quality education. As a result, Building Tomorrow launched the BT Fellows program in the fall of 2014. Building Tomorrow’s first class of Fellows has completed the first year of the fellowship program and the second class will soon begin its two-year fellowship. BT Fellows support head teachers as change-makers and through their work strengthen the capacity of hard-to-reach schools across Uganda. Building Tomorrow will hire and equip 150 BT Fellows by 2019. 

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Nyamirama School Building Committee meeting
Nyamirama School Building Committee meeting

Over the summer, construction started on Building Tomorrow's 31st, 32nd, and 33rd schools: Nyamirama, Bulemezi, and Rutooma.  These schools join seven other sites currently under construction as Building Tomorrow continues its push towards opening 60 primary schools for over 51,000 out of school children in Uganda by 2019 as part of its Educate51K iniative. Construction on Nyamirama and Bulemezi is proceeding well, with both schools' foundations complete.  Ground breaking at Rutooma occurred at the beginning of August.

Building Tomorrow expects to complete construction at schools Angerepo, Oyomai, Wangoma, Bwogero, and Vunza by mid-September, joining 9 other schools already completed this year.  Upon completion of these schools, Building Tomorrow will have constructed 28 schools in Uganda with many more to come.

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Building Tomorrow reached an important milestone by breaking ground on its 30th school, Vunza, earlier this spring. Construction at Vunza has progressed well with nearly 100 community members helping with backfilling.

Construction continues at several other sites. At Bwogero #28, the foundation walls and backfilling is complete on both blocks and the slab has been poured. At Akolodongo #26, the foundation walls and backfilling is complete. An Angerepo #23, walling continues, and digging the latrines has commenced. At Wagoma #29, work has started on the super structure of block one.

Four new schools have opened this term. They are Mayira, Kongota, Kisaluwoko and Bugabo. It is wonderful to see children in class learning in their new schools!

Construction will soon begin on several additional sites, and the team in Uganda has grown to help support Building Tomorrow's work.

Thank you for your support!

BT Uganda Staff
BT Uganda Staff

Construction is now underway at two additional sites, Building Tomorrow's 28th and 29th schools in Uganda. At Bwogero in Ssembabule District crews have finished digging the foundation and will soon start construction on the foundation walls. At Wagoma in Nakasongola district, crews have set the foundation perimeters, and have started digging the foundation. Building Tomorrow aims to break ground on a new school every three weeks!

Though a commitment to gender equality has always been at the core of BT’s work, in early 2015 BT sought to memorialize this pledge. BT’s formal commitment to gender equality is as follows:Strongly committed to gender equality and the belief that education is a human and civil right, Building Tomorrow empowers women and men, and girls and boys to value education for all. Through its programs, Building Tomorrow works to address historic and cultural barriers so together girls and boys have access to safe, permanent and local schools where they can receive a quality education.

Visit our website & Flickr for weekly construction updates. Latest news below!

Temporary existing school in Oyomai#27 - Oyomai
groundbreaking: December 6, 2014
On Tuesday, December 2, community members and parents/families of future students made a public, formal commitment to support the education of their children. In doing so, they promised to volunteer 15,000 hours of their time to help build the school and make contributions to support the school's ongoing success, once it opens. Construction officially started on Saturday!

commitment signing ceremony in Akolodongo
#26 - Akolodongo
groundbreaking: November 20, 2014
Having just gotten started a couple of weeks ago, community volunteers have cleared the land and dug the foundation. Now masons have begun work on the foundation walls. The team will soon start the laborious process of digging the latrines.

construction on Kisaluwoko
#25 - Kisaluwoko
groundbreaking: November 6, 2014
Construction is well underway and sticking to schedule at Kisaluwoko! At present, work on building the school's foundation is nearly finished and they've begun to dig the latrines. Next up: walling!

#24 - Guyaguya
groundbreaking: October 24, 2014
With construction at the foundation level, work is currently on hold in Guyaguya due to the heavy rains. All of the roads to the site have been flooded, making material delivery virtually impossible. At present, the construction team is waiting it out and as soon as things dry up, they'll be back to work! 

construction at Angerepo
#23 - Angerepo
groundbreaking: September 25, 2014
In light of the incredibly  heavy rains that have plagued much of this district over the past few months, construction has progressed very slowly. However, the team reports that the foundation of the first classroom block is finally finished and they will begin walling very soon!

construction at Isingo

#22 - Isingo
groundbreaking: September 6, 2014
The team is making record pace at Isingo! The first classroom block is just about finished; the roof is up, windows & doors are installed, and they are plastering the interior walls.  Walls on the second classroom block are nearly to the roof, too!

construction at Kongota
#21 - Kongota
groundbreaking: August 14, 2014
Work has started on the roof of the first classroom block & the masons are nearing the level of the ring beam for the second block of classrooms. Toilets are complete & the grounds of the school are looking better every day (the one benefit of the incredibly heavy rains!).


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Building Tomorrow, Inc.

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Eric Smolen
Indianapolis, IN United States

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