The Edwin Cohen Community Steward Award Recipient, 2014
Founder of Building Tomorrow
George Srour 2007 Fellow
Create and nurture one-to-one partnerships between US-based colleges and communities in sub-Saharan Africa that will generate funds to build new schools and support strong educators in the partner African communities.
Today, over 42 million children in sub-Saharan Africa are not in school and thereby face an uncertain future. This is largely due to the fact that the government does not have the means to provide children with accessible schools; additionally, fees for uniforms, books, and transportation are prohibitively expensive for most African families. Building Tomorrow offers a sustainable solution by generating one-to-one partnerships between U.S.-based colleges and communities in sub-Saharan Africa. American students learn the value of philanthropy, cross-cultural partnerships, and social responsibility as they develop extensive campaigns to raise funds to build new schools and support strong educators in their partner African communities. College/university chapters develop long-term relationships with their partner communities in Africa as they work together on creating a locally-based education solution.
George Srour, 33, is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT). Srour attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he graduated in 2005 with a major in Government and International Relations. Upon graduation, Srour was awarded the James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership and the inaugural William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose. Using both awards, Srour started BT from an unused room in his parents’ house in the fall of 2005.
Under Srour’s leadership, Building Tomorrow has constructed classroom space for over 10,000 children in Uganda while engaging a college-based chapter network of students at over 25 universities across the United States. Srour has been recognized for his work in the field of social entrepreneurship by being named an Echoing Green Fellow (’07), a member of the GOOD 100 (’13) and added to the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list for social entrepreneurs (’13).
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