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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Building a Better Tomorrow, Today

An Undergraduate Discussion Supper With
Joseph Kaliisa, Human Rights Activist and Building Tomorrow in Uganda Country Director

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:30-7 p.m.
HHC Great Room, 811 E. 7th St.
Sign-up Required (Details Below)

Is education a privilege? A universal right? A necessity for sustainable social change?
Is there a problem in the world you are trying to solve?

The following is edited from Joseph Kaliisa's Building Tomorrow bio sketch: Joseph Kaliisa Bagambaki believes that education, both formal and non-formal, is a right and a means to eliminate social, economic, and political injustices. He has a passion to work on behalf of vulnerable women and children. He is a human rights activist and has amassed significant experience developing and working in sustainable grassroots programs. Fluent in eight languages, including English, Luganda and Swahili, Mr. Kaliisa is the Country Director for Building Tomorrow in Uganda, where he oversees the organization's entire school-building operation.

Mr. Kaliisa earned a Bachelor's of Business and Administration and a Diploma for social work and project management and administration from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Upon graduation, he worked with Friends of Children in Uganda for two years and then for Uganda Children's Charity Foundation, now known as Children of Uganda, from 2000 to 2005.

In 2006, Mr. Kaliisa met Building Tomorrow Founder, George Srour. Not realizing what they were getting themselves into, over dinner one evening in Kampala, the two sketched out plans to construct a simple, ten-room rural school in the surrounding Wakiso District. The plan was for students in the United States to raise the money to fund construction and for communities in rural Uganda to volunteer their time to build the school itself.

Five years, 13 academies, 3,000 students and more than one million dollars later, they can say their idea worked and Building Tomorrow is going strong.

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SIGN-UP INFO: If you are interested in attending this undergraduate event, please check your schedule to make sure you are available for the entire event and e-mail Anna Duquaine (, indicating you wish to sign up for the "Building Tomorrow" program and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space was available when you replied. The supper is open to any IU undergraduate.

The event is co-sponsored by the Hutton Honors College and the Wells Scholars program in collaboration with the IU chapter of Building Tomorrow and other student groups.

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