Ringing in the New Year

Wishing all our amazing supporters a happy and safe New Years.  Thank you for your generous support of House of Blue Hope in 2012!  We look forward to sharing the successes of 2013 with you in the coming year.

Remember, every gift you make to House of Blue Hope is tax-deductible, including any you make now through the end of the year.  So if you’ve been thinking about making one last gift to help the street children of Dar es Salaam, this is the perfect time to do so.  You can visit our online donation page or mail your donation to 334 Avenue A, Bayonne, NJ 07002.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support of the House of Blue Hope.   We look forward to another year of serving the underprivileged and disadvantaged youth of Tanzania in 2013, and we are excited about our plans to grow and expand!  May the gratitude and hope of the holiday season be with all of us, our families, and our friends in Tanzania for the upcoming year.  Happy Holidays!

Greetings from Board Member, Mr. Sadowski

Dear House of Blue Hope Family,

Greetings from your board member and CFO, Scott Sadowski.  It is with great privilege that I get to share with you the progress of two journeys: my return to Tanzania, which was highlighted by a visit to our House of Blue Hope site in Dar es Salaam, as well as the journey of our organization The House of Blue Hope Foundation, as we continue to grow and impact even more lives each year.

This past August, I traveled with founder Billy Bludgus and three US volunteers to Dar es Salaam.  After incredible fundraising support from our friends and family, we initiated the expansion of a second floor at our facility. Soon we will increase our capacity and welcome more children off of the streets and into our house.  Our group helped the existing facility get a bright and fresh coat of paint to culminate a series of improvements made to the house in 2012.  Earlier this year, we constructed a perimeter fence to increase the safety of our children on our property.  We also built an underground water well for reliable water, which can then be boiled and used for both cooking and drinking.

Our Tanzanian staff is developing and growing into a collaborative group of young leaders.  They have improved their communication with the US board and the boys and have recently expanded to welcome additional Tanzanian volunteers as well as a teacher in the house.

The most significant progress has been with the children in The House of Blue Hope.  In this our fifth year, we were excited to see four of the older boys graduate high school and move toward post-secondary education/college.  The early mission of creating opportunities through education is beginning to see its fulfillment as many of these children who were caught in a cycle of living day-to-day on the streets and now have set their educational and career goals for several years from now.

I was most touched by the children’s incredible gratitude for the access to education as well as the basic needs we provide them each day.  Sitting around the lunch table in the house with 15 children telling me how they want to be doctors and travel to the USA and that they wish they had even more books to read because they loved reading was pure joy.  I knew at that moment that we were doing great work and that the work we have already done has changed these lives forever.  In fact, that day my life had changed for the better too, as I never felt I had helped make a bigger impact in the world than directly further someone else’s opportunities and hope.

I encourage you as you read my letter to consider joining us on an upcoming trip to Tanzania.  Know that a visit to this beautiful country and spending time with these incredible children will change your life too.

Finally, I offer a very sincere “thank you” during this holiday season for your past support.  Our work is changing lives and your generosity helps us create a world of opportunities and a lives of hope.

In Hope,

Scott J. Sadowski

House of Blue Hope Board Member and CFO

Musa – Update for Fall 2012

Mussa is doing his A Level Education at Benjamin Mkapa High School. He is taking ECA subjects which stand for (Economics, Commerce, and Accounts). After finishing depending on his passes there are several colleges for a possibility of him to join and can take different commercial degree programs including Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics etc. Some of the colleges include University of Dar es salaam, IFM, CBE, TIA, and IAA among the few. If he does well he can get at least 60% of assistance for tuition fee from the government.

He is taking extra classes which we refer as tuition every day to bolster his performance. This is a common practice for government schools in Tanzania.

Musa’s amazing education and bright future are thanks to generous donors like you – please consider making a donation to help kids like Musa!

Thankful

All of us here at House of Blue Hope want to take a moment during this holiday of thanks to show our appreciation to all our supporters.  Thanks to you, there are 19 kids and young adults who are receiving the best possible educations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  These kids, who were once street children with no real future, will now be able to reach their full potential, provide for their families, and better their communities.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

Athman – Update for Fall 2012

Athman is doing his A Level Education at Azania Secondary School. He is taking EGM subjects which stand for (Economics, Geography and Mathematics). After finishing depending on his passes there are several colleges for a possibility of him to join and can take different commercial degree programs including Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics etc. Some of the colleges include University of Dar es salaam, IFM, CBE, TIA, and IAA among the few. If he does well he can get at least 60% of assistance for tuition fee from the government.

He is taking extra classes which we refer as tuition every day to bolster his performance. This is a common practice for government schools in Tanzania.

Athman’s amazing education and bright future are thanks to generous donors like you – please consider making a donation to help kids like Athman!

Halloween Party Benefiting Blue Hope!

Please join us for an open bar at Pulse Karaoke Lounge (135 West 41st Street) in New York as we celebrate Halloween on October 30th from 6pm-8pm

For a $40 donation, you will receive two hours of beer, wine and well drinks in addition to amazing karaoke entertainment. Costumes are encouraged.

All proceeds benefit the House of Blue Hope!

New House of Blue Hope Video

Check out this great video explaining the need for House of Blue Hope. Special thanks to Kyle Weise for putting this video together. Want to help? You can donate to House of Blue Hope and support the children in our program here.

Kili Climbers Profile: Scott Sadowski

On August 5 through 18 this summer, five avid supporters of House of Blue Hope are traveling to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to meet the kids of Blue Hope, volunteer at the house, and help fund raise for the Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  Every few days, we will highlight one of the outstanding people planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise awareness and fund for the House of Blue Hope Foundation.  Meet our fourth climber, Scott Sadowski:

As you may recall, my initial awareness and fundraising campaign “Climbing Kili for Kids” was in 2007 when I traveled to our future home site in Dar es Salaam and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro which is Africa’s highest peak at 19,340 feet.  As the organization’s CFO, we have raised over $100,000 since the 2007 appeal, we have grown from supporting 4 children to 19 children annually, and we run an annual operating budget close to $30,000.  Every incremental $1,000 supports an additional child for an entire year: housing, food, clothing, school supplies, and school fees. It is my job to take our financial resources and stretch them to positively impact many children’s lives in Tanzania.

During my time in Tanzania this August, I will spend my days at the House of Blue Hope, meeting with the kids and TZ staff and then assisting with some basic home repairs including a new paint job for the facility.  Although I know this will be a great personal experience, I will be making the journey with 4 US volunteers in order to raise awareness for the lack of education accessible to the underprivileged children of Tanzania, and to raise money for our great work we do to help address this “access to education” issue at a grassroots level.

Specifically, we are targeting a fundraising goal of $25,000 to expand our existing home site with the construction of a second floor, which would increase our bed capacity by an additional 12-16 children. I am hoping that you can help me in this fundraising effort. Please consider sponsoring my Tanzanian journey with a donation to the House of Blue Hope. Your contribution will have a significant impact on the organization’s mission to help children “overcome poverty through education.” In Tanzania, it is estimated that only 25 -30% of children attend high school. Since the organization’s founding, all of the children at the House of Blue Hope have been enrolled in the country’s best schools, and the 5 oldest students all graduated high school last year.

I sincerely thank you in advance for your consideration to support this endeavor.  By contributing, you will be giving the children of the House of Blue Hope brighter futures and helping us expand our ability to make an impact in one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Please spread the word to friends and family, and please feel free to contact me with any questions about my trip or about the House of Blue Hope.

Support Scott in his efforts here and join us in wishing him the best of luck in his endeavor to climb the tallest mountain in Africa!