Get to know us

2 Feb

our mission.

Building Tomorrow at Ball State University (BT@BSU) is an international social-profit organization encouraging philanthropy among young people by raising awareness and funds to build and support educational infrastructure projects for under-served children in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, we are focusing our efforts on the villages in Uganda.

our model.

BT chapters and supporters provide challenge grants to communities equal to land and construction materials for a new academy while local community members and family and friends of future BT students volunteer 20,000 hours of their time to construct each academy.

BT currently works in Uganda, identifying areas with, quite simply, the greatest number of children with the least access to a primary school. In these areas, BT purchases a plot of land and, with the help of the local community, constructs a new primary academy.  Committees of residents and local leaders are established to oversee the construction process from start to finish.  Upon completion of the academy, the building is leased to the local government to manage day-to-day operations under an agreement with BT.

Each BT academy is equipped with seven classrooms (P1 through P7—or the US equivalent of kindergarten through 6th grade), an office, a library, meeting space, toilets and a soccer field and has classroom space for 325 students.

our network.

BT works with students at over 30 colleges and universities throughout the US and Canada, has a partnership with Key Club International, the world’s largest high school service organization, and has a growing network of young professionals through BT’s Social Investment Council.

BT also recently began to work with students of all ages through Sit for Good–an all-inclusive service learning program targeting elementary, middle and high school students. BT’s goal is to have 1,000 classrooms around the world Sit for Good this year.

our success.

Today, BT has opened five primary academies in Uganda and has classroom space for over 1,750 students.

 

Interested in what you’ve read? Email kmgrob@gmail.com to join the Ball State chapter!

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