A New School In Uganda | Building Tomorrow

ODW is proud to come alongside Building Tomorrow (BT) as they seek to empower young people to invest their time, talents & resources in providing access to education for their peers in sub-Saharan Africa. ODW is providing its largest matching grant, for a total of $60,000. We invite supporters of Building Tomorrow and One Day's Wages to make a difference in Uganda by helping raise $30,000 for BT to receive the matching $30,000 grant from ODW. These funds will go towards the construction of a primary-level academy for 325 children in rural Uganda. 100% of your gifts will go directly towards the construction of the academy.

What Does Building Tomorrow Do?

One of the common hopes of all parents throughout the world is that their children receive a good education. BT identifies communities in Uganda that are committed to this goal, but cannot fully attain it due to a lack of access to proper education facilities. 

BT seeks to build schools in Uganda where there would otherwise be little or no access to primary education. Then they issue a challenge grant to the entire community, covering the cost of construction materials and skilled laborers in return for their promise to donate the land & volunteer 20,000 hours of self-labor to construct the school. The leaders in the community and the family members of future students form a committee to oversee the construction and management of the school, and then the teachers salaries and operating costs are covered by the Ugandan Ministry of Education. BT takes care to monitor the success of the school, but as you can see, they also understand the importance of letting the community take ownership 

Why Schools?

More than 38 million children in sub-Saharan Africa wake up each morning without a school to attend. Countries such as Uganda have initiated universal primary education programs, guaranteeing a free education to every child; yet lack the financial means to construct enough schools to meet the demand. In many cases, this results in students walking miles to get to a school in a neighboring community, scribbling their lessons in the dirt for lack of proper learning materials, gathering under a tree to learn or not going to school at all.

What is the Project?

The $60,000 project with BT will go towards the total construction of a primary school in Uganda. Each BT Academy provides learning space for 325 children with seven classrooms, an office, a library, toilets and a playing field. BT Academies are often the first permanently built place of learning many students attend. When BT performs their initial assessments they focus on the number of students within a 2km radius unable to attend a formal school, the availability of local building resources, and overall accessibility among other variables. 

How You Can Help:

While we encourage people to donate a day's wage, you might also consider donating the cost of a day's education; The average day of primary education in the US cost $52, that $52 can provide access to education for a child in Uganda for one year. Here are some other ways that you can join the movement:

  • Start a birthday campaign and raise funds directly for this project!
  • Become a Partnering Group (Business, Nonprofit, School, etc.) or share other ideas with us.
  • Help spread the word. Email, Tweet, Share on FB, Like, etc.


Our Pledge To You.

100% of your donations (minus credit card fees) will go directly to this project.  As usual, we'll report back to our community about the progress of the funding and once funded, will report back with pictures, videos, and stories to convey the impact of this project.