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
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 biketouganda.org 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.
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]
"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.
"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 iam.buildingtomorrow.org
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