My family is committed to 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 schoolWe 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 UgandaWe called this: Project Secret Weapon
Building 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. They work with local communities to build schools in hard-to-reach rural areas. Together with local community members, they construct a primary schoolhouse that is easily accessible to children in surrounding villages. Each school has 7 classrooms, an office, a library, toilets, a field for play, and learning space for up to 315 students.
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.
Introducing the Omwiguru Primary SchoolSchool 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
Partnering with the Ugandan Water Project to secure clean water that frees families from waterborne disease and povertyProject Secret Weapon: Phase II
Clean water unlocks radical community transformation
When we traveled to Uganda for the commissioning of the BT Primary School of Omwiguru, it was a delight to see how the school was transforming the entire community. Yet while there, we also saw clearly with our own eyes how securing clean water remains a huge challenge for schools across Uganda.
For Phase II of Project Secret Weapon, we teamed up with the Ugandan Water Project – a longtime partner of Building Tomorrow – to equip another Building Tomorrow School in Uganda with two rainwater collection systems so community members don’t have to make the long, daily walk for unclean water. The water system at Building Tomorrow Kibimba was installed in 2020, and is now providing clean water to 633 students and teachers!
Less time spent walking for water means more time spent in classrooms for boys and girls, redeems productive time for adults, improves health for everyone, and fuels macroeconomic growth.
The Next PhaseCrafting 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.
Updates from Project Secret Weapon
In the summer of 2018, we traveled to Uganda for the commissioning of the Building Tomorrow Primary School of Mwiguru, located in the Masindi District that we helped launch in Phase 1 of Project Secret Weapon. We are so pleased that it is now up and running! While...
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...
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....
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...
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...