About Us

At Building Tomorrow, we’ve found 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 galvanize communities to support thriving schools in underserved areas.

A thriving school is supported by the community, effectively managed by school leadership, accessible by all children and committed to producing positive student outcomes. We work tirelessly to improve access to thriving schools, so that all children access an inclusive, quality education.

Why We Exist

To ensure all children access an inclusive, quality education.

Our Mission

We galvanize communities to support thriving schools in underserved areas.

Building Tomorrow improves access to child-friendly, community-supported schools by providing an inclusive, quality education for underserved children in East Africa. Through our Thriving Schools program, we deploy Building Tomorrow Fellows who recruit and train Community Education Volunteers, together bringing out-of-school children into the classroom while working with school leadership to ensure access to an inclusive, quality school environment. We also work hand-in-hand with local communities, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education to construct new primary schools where no formal primary school exists.

Our Model

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.

Our Results

As of May 2018, Building Tomorrow has opened 62 fully operational schools in Uganda, providing enough learning space for over 20,000 students and counting. Through our Thriving Schools Program, we have enrolled over 24,000 formerly out-of-school children back in school. Altogether, through both our Building Tomorrow Primary Schools and our Thriving Schools Program, Building Tomorrow serves over 101,000 students each and every day. 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. And everyday we work to achieve our vision of a world where every child has access to an inclusive, quality education.


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One hundred percent of what you donate will be combined with other funds to ensure all children access an inclusive, quality education.


One of the best ways to help our cause is by donating a small gift on a recurring basis. As little as $4 a month can make a huge impact in the life of a child in East Africa.