Mission: Building Tomorrow envisions a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so. Working towards this goal, Building Tomorrow empowers young people to invest their resources, time and talents in providing students in East Africa with access to an education.
Results: Through June 2013, BT has raised over $1.2 million USD in support of its work in Uganda, breaking ground on its sixteenth primary-level academy. By partnering with the Clinton Global Initiative, we are aiming to break ground on our 60th school by the end of 2016.
BT has received recognition as an up-and-coming social change org. by Echoing Green and the Waldzell Institute of Austria.
BT’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post (USA), The Indianapolis Star (USA), Indianapolis Monthly (USA), The Daily Monitor (UG), The New Vision (UG), multiple university publications and a variety of blogs and online magazines. George Srour, founder of BT, was listed in Forbes' "30 Under 30" for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012.
"I wouldn't have thought to do it, but Building Tomorrow did, and the world is better for it." -President Bill Clinton today in NYC on the Building Tomorrow model.
Direct beneficiaries per year: • Today, seven BT academies are open, serving roughly 1,500 children each day. Locations of open BT academies include: Meeting Point Kampala and the BT academies of Lutisi, Buwasa, Kiyamba, Gita, Sentigi, and Jomba.
• BT will break ground on its 15th academy by the end of 2011.
• Nearly 90% of students at the BT Academy of Lutisi who sat for their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) in 2010 passed. Ten students were subsequently enrolled in secondary school
Geographic areas served: Uganda
Programs: Building tomorrow engages in college campuses in fundraising and awareness for the benefit of new primary schools in uganda.
I am a firm believer that "knowledge is power", and Building Tomorrow is actively empowering the world's underserved young people by building schools and providing them access to an education that otherwise they would not have. But what I like most is that their work does not only benefit the students in their academies. BT engages young people here in the states, who are fundraising and spreading awareness, as well as entire communities in Uganda, who come together to build and sustain the schools themselves. Their impact reaches far beyond the walls of a classroom.
There are many ways that students and people of all ages can get involved with Building Tomorrow. I have participated in several BT fundraisers, particularly their Bike to Uganda, and the excitement and dedication of students helping students is inspiring. The BT word deserves to be spread!
Building Tomorrow has a bold mission that is allowing students in Uganda and in the States to find their voices and use them for change. The most powerful part of this organization is the bold faith they have in youth overcoming the challenges of today for the benefit of tomorrow. Anyone is incredibly lucky to be a part of their mission.
As a volunteer and intern, the more that I learn about this organization, the more that I am impressed with its actions, employees and missions. Building Tomorrow really does "walk the talk", as one grateful community member stated at the opening of the Building Tomorrow Academy of Lutisi. (http://vimeo.com/16624334)
In its six short years of operation, Building Tomorrow has fulfilled its mission to build schools and support primary education in Uganda. They have completed and opened 7 academies across the country, and is set to break ground on a 15th location by the end of this year. I am so impressed with the way that this non-profit (or "social-profit", as they call themselves) organization making such a large impact in the few years after its inception. Building Tomorrow is an incredible organization which I would highly recommend any and everyone to get involved with.