My family is committed to building a school because we believe in building tomorrows

 

We believe in the power of education

Education changes everything about a child’s future – higher income, better health, gender equality, and brighter tomorrows. It touches every area of a child’s life.

Education is an unstoppable force for good.

It is the secret weapon that can change the world.

Too many children don't even have a school

We want every child with a desire to learn to have a quality education

 

31 million African children don’t have a school to attend

My family is extraordinarily fortunate to have great schools right in our community. It’s hard for us to even imagine that 31 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa wake up each day without a school to attend. But today, far too many children lack access to quality education.

In Uganda specifically, the national government has made a commitment to provide universal access to primary education. Yet, over 600,000 primary school age children remain out-of-school. Many Ugandan public schools lack even basic infrastructure because they are underfunded.

My family is committed to changing this, and would love for you to help us on this mission.

We partnered with Building Tomorrow to build a primary school in rural Uganda.

We call this: Project Secret Weapon

 

Let’s build a school together

Building Tomorrow is a non-profit organization in Indianapolis, IN that is committed to improving access to quality education for students in East Africa. Building Tomorrow works with local communities to build schools in hard-to-reach rural areas. Together with local community members, they construct a 10 room primary schoolhouse that is easily accessible to children in surrounding villages.

Building Tomorrow works with the local government to launch the school’s programs, and help train and build the capacity that sustains the school as a catalyst for change throughout the community. Partner communities donate at least 3 acres of land for their school and contribute 15,000 hours of labor to build the school. By building the capacity of local School Management Committees, Building Tomorrow is able to ensure that the school is sustainable long-term.

Each school has 7 classrooms, an office, a library, toilets, a field for play, and learning space for up to 315 students.

Introducing the Omwiguru Primary School

School Commissioning: July 2018

 

The success of Project Secret Weapon helped enable Building Tomorrow to build and launch the Omwiguru Primary School, a hard-to-reach rural area outside of Masindi, Uganda. Together with local community members, we’ve helped construct a 10 room primary schoolhouse that is easily accessible to children in surrounding villages.

In summer 2018, we had the privilege of visiting Uganda for the official commissioning of the new school. As the head teacher of Omwiguru put it, the community has gone from classrooms of “grass to grace”.

Omwiguru Primary School Commissioning Visit

The Next Phase

Crafting for a Purpose

Along the journey of Project Secret Weapon, Lorrie’s love of making crafts became a powerful way to raise awareness and bring others into the process. To continue the quest of making positive change in the world, the Vreeman’s launched Crafting for a Purpose as a special division of their small business Blue Sky Premise, LLC.

We believe that through beautiful handmade crafts, we can truly have a global impact for good. Proceeds from these products help fund projects that transform the lives and communities through improvements education, health, and economic opportunity.

The adventure is only beginning. We hope you’ll join us.

Latest Updates from Project Secret Weapon

School construction update

School construction update

We just got an update from the Building Tomorrow Community Development Officer who is on site at the Mwiguru primary school supported by Project Secret Weapon’s Build-a-School campaign. The school construction is making great progress! It is wonderful to see the...

School construction is underway in Mwiguru!

School construction is underway in Mwiguru!

We are so excited to share that Project Secret Weapon's Build-a-School campaign has been matched to the Building Tomorrow Primary School of Mwiguru! As you can see, the school is in the early stages of construction. Mwiguru is in Masindi District of western Uganda....

Project Secret Weapon Phase 1: Mission Accomplished!

Project Secret Weapon Phase 1: Mission Accomplished!

We are so excited to announce that we have met out our goal for Project Secret Weapon to raise $30,000 in 2017. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this awesome adventure! Closing out 2017 by Celebrating the Success of Project Secret Weapon We couldn’t...

Crafting for a Purpose

Crafting for a Purpose

Looking for a cozy, handmade gift this holiday season? Then you need one of these handmade chunky cowls! I am in love with these! There are several color options available, and I would be happy to custom make one in the color, size, and material of your...

Celebrate Today. Build Tomorrow.

Celebrate Today. Build Tomorrow.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to celebrating Lorrie's 40th birthday with our big event! Lorrie was truly stunned by our surprise event: Celebrate Today. Build Tomorrow. And we were truly stunned by your generous contributions that raised over $1000!...