At Building Tomorrow, we are a small organization made up of big desires. And, ultimately those desires are two-fold: first and foremost, we want to construct enough primary schools in East Africa so that every child with a desire to learn may do so in a quality learning environment. Secondly, we want to educate populations around the world on why having quality schools matters so much.
Because what we’ve found is that school is about more than reading and writing. School is what makes you, “you.” And the impact of not having a school is felt in every facet of a child’s life—from worldviews to life expectancy to likelihood of violence and prevalence of disease—having access to a school is the spark that begins to shape it all.
Which is why we build schools—to Build Tomorrows.
Building Tomorrow envisions a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so.
Building Tomorrow catalyzes communities and individuals in support of access to quality education for students in East Africa.
We do this by empowering young people to invest their time, talents and
resources in support of new educational opportunities; facilitating the
construction of community-built, locally-sustained primary schools; and building the human capacity and leadership of locally-based school management teams.
Individuals, groups & BT chapters outreach, advocate & fundraise for the construction of a new primary school.
Working with the government & local leaders, we identify communities in rural Uganda with little or no access to a primary school & a strong commitment to education.
We offer to fund building materials & skilled labor in return for a donation of at least 3 acres of land, 15,000 hours of labor & a community’s promise to support the school long-term.
Local community members form committees to oversee construction and management of the school.
Together, we build a 10-room primary school & separate latrines.
We work with the local government to recruit qualified teachers, register students & furnish each room.
Uganda’s Ministry of Education posts teachers in P1 to P7, while the community funds a nursery teacher, additional resources & programming at their own discretion.
We recruit & train Ugandan college graduates to provide 2 years of capacity building support for head teachers and School Management Committees at each new school (& other public schools, too).
The school becomes a source of pride and acts as a catalyst for change throughout the entire community.
As of October 2015, Building Tomorrow has opened 23 fully operational schools in rural East Africa, providing enough learning space for 7,245 and counting. But we’d never stop there, which is why there are thirteen schools currently under construction, and we expect to start construction on ten more by the first school term of 2016. We continue to push towards completing our Educate51k plan as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, a five year, $12 million plan to provide a safe, local, permanent, quality and supportive learning environment for an additional 50,980 children across Uganda.
One hundred percent of what you donate will be combined with other funds to build safe, permanent and local schools in rural East Africa.
One of the best ways to help our cause is by donating a small gift on a reoccurring basis. As little as $4 a month can make a huge impact in the life of a child in Sub-Saharan Africa.