The House of Blue Hope’s main program is our housing program. We support a minimum of ten boys at a time and they live in our facility with the support of several staff members and volunteers. The housing program not only includes the basic necessities such as shelter, food, water, clothes and school fees. We have also set up educational programs in addition to school learning such as hygiene, computer class, testing for STDs/HIV (which may have been transmitted from the child’s mother), sports and recreation and additional English classes. Our goal is to provide all the necessities for these children to obtain the future they wish for.
The house also has a library which is cataloged so that children in the outreach program and other local homes for street children may check out the books. These books are primarily used for learning and practicing the English language.
Blue Hope also has an aggressive re-homing project in order to help street children reconnect with their extended families. Many times street children are not actually orphans, but live on the street because their families cannot financially support them. Our social worker does extensive research to find the street children’s families and then, if found, we work with the family to have the child live with them and still go to school. Multiple studies have shown that this practice of reconnecting the child with his/her family is more beneficial for the child and the community than just running an orphanage.
The House of Blue Hope Outreach program supports street children that have family, but are still in need of aid to be successful in school. We provide the necessary supplies for schooling: books, pens, pencils, workbooks, uniforms and solar powered lamps. We also provide the support from our staff and volunteers. In some instances, we will pay for the children’s school fees.
In some rare cases, the children are found rooms and a Mama to look after them. These cases occur when it is learned by our social worker that the child is in an unsafe environment at home. We do acquire permission from the parent or guardian in this situation. The children in the outreach program also participate in a community service program where they volunteer in their local community at least once a month.