Working toward a quality education for all.

Building Tomorrow

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.

Our model is this:

  • Young people - BT Ambassadors - outreach, advocate and fundraise on behalf of students in Uganda and their right to an education; ultimately raising money for a new primary-level academy.
  • Working with the local government, we identify communities in rural Uganda with little or no access to a primary school & a strong commitment to their children’s education.
  • We issue a challenge grant to the community, covering the cost of construction materials and skilled labor in return for their promise to donate 3 acres of land & volunteer approximately 20,000 hours of unskilled labor.
  • Community members and local leaders form organizing committees - largely comprised of women - to oversee construction and, ultimately, management of the academy.
  • Together, we build a ten-room academy with seven classrooms, an office, a library, meeting space, toilets and a field for play.
  • Each academy opens as a public, government school, with Uganda’s Ministry of Education funding teachers & operating costs.
  • Students, families and communities in Uganda receive a safe, local & permanent school to call their own.


Since our founding in 2006, thousands of students across the US have raised well over a half a million dollars for the construction of schools in rural Uganda, have developed a strong connection to their global community and have gained an understanding of the privileges and opportunities we so often take for granted.  

According to ‘Engineer Gasana’, a community leader and land donor to Building Tomorrow in Uganda, “If people in America can come to Africa and really help us, why don’t we people who are here also contribute?”  To date, our partner communities have donated 35 acres of land and volunteered over 200,000 hours of labor to build schools for their children.

In Uganda, each academy serves as a source of pride and a catalyst for change within the community. We have seen roads built, gardens harvested, scholarships funded, teachers organized, and housing constructed as a direct result of communities being empowered to help themselves.

In 2011, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, Building Tomorrow made a public commitment to increase access to quality education for thousands of children in East Africa by constructing 60 community-built, stakeholder-sustained academies and developing the teaching capacity of 450 teachers by 2016.

As of October 2012, Building Tomorrow has ten open academies and five currently under site planning and/or construction, each providing learning space for 325 students.