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!

Kili Climbers Profile: John Rossi

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 third climber, John Rossi:

In less than a month I will be leaving for a 2 week trip to Africa. Flight is booked, itinerary printed and just tonight vaccines were taken.  While I can’t wait for the safari, sightseeing and Kilimanjaro climb, I am equally excited to spend time at the House of Blue Hope facility.  For those of you who may not know, the House of Blue Hope in a non-profit organization established by one of my best friends, Billy Bludgus – more affectionately know as “Father Bill”.  Bill has been making an impact on peoples’ lives since I met him 10+ years ago at Saint Peter’s Prep.  After college, Bill decided to take his talents to Tanzania (ironically enough from South Beach) and started off helping a handful of kids get off the streets of Dar es Salaam in 2007.  Five years later, the small rented room has been replaced with one owned facility and a second rented building overseen by a full Tanzanian staff.  The HBH currently supports 19 children and teenagers who are enrolled in schools and doing well.  These kids have been given a chance to achieve something in life they otherwise would not have been given: a future through education and personal development. The concept is simple but the results are extraordinary and inspiring; knowing Bill, I am not surprised!  None of this would have been possible without Bill’s vision, drive and dedication, the support of HBH founders and the generosity of supporters and friends. I ask for your support to keep the House of Blue Hope running in the right direction for many years to come.  Please donate and make a difference today!

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

Kili Climbers Profile: Michelle O’Neill

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 second climber, Michelle O’Neill:

On August 3rd, I will be traveling to Tanzania, East Africa with the House of Blue Hope Foundation, a non-profit grass-roots  organization which was founded five years ago by my boyfriend, Billy Bludgus. The House of Blue Hope operates two residential learning facilities for orphaned and vulnerable children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest urban area. The organization currently provides housing and basic necessities for nineteen children and teenagers, while enrolling them into local schools. In addition, House of Blue Hope supports the children’s development with extra academic, athletic, social, and spiritual programming at the main house.

During my time in Tanzania, I will spend a few days at the House of Blue Hope, working with the kids and assisting with some basic home repairs, including a new paint job for the facility. I will also spend five days climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 19,340 feet is the highest point on the African continent! Although I know this will be a great personal experience, I will be making the journey to raise awareness for the lack of  education accessible to the underprivileged children of Tanzania, and to raise money for the great work that the House of Blue Hope does to help address this issue.

I am hoping that you can help me in this effort. Please consider sponsoring my climb with a donation to the House of Blue Hope.  Your contribution, whatever amount, will have a significant impact on the organization’s mission to help children “overcome poverty through education.” Your donation will support current operations and could also enable House of Blue Hope to assist more kids. 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 some of the country’s best schools, and the five oldest students all graduated high school last year!

Whether or not you are able to make a financial donation at this time, please send me a line or two of encouragement which I will take with me on my climb. When I need motivation to keep going, I will draw from my notes of encouragement to keep me going!

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. Please spread the word to friends and family, and please feel free to contact me with any questions about our trip or about the House of Blue Hope. You will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers during my time in Tanzania. I look forward to telling you the stories upon my return!

Support Michelle in her efforts here and join us in wishing her the best of luck in her endeavor to climb the tallest mountain in Africa!

Kili Climbers Profile: Billy Bludgus

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.  Our first climber, founder and president, Billy Bludgus:

As many of you already know, I moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa in 2005 after graduating from college. I spent almost three years there teaching at a high school and working on community development projects. The largest project which I took on was founding the House of Blue Hope in 2007 with a few Tanzanian friends. This project focused on providing housing, basic necessities, and educational opportunities for kids in need. We started by renting a small room and brought four kids off the streets of Dar and enrolled them into neighborhood schools. Now, five and a half years later, we own our own facility and rent a second building. We support 19 children and teenagers who are all enrolled in schools and doing well. We have a full Tanzanian staff in Dar: two project administrators, a social worker, a teacher, a cook, house supervisore, and night watchment. We are registered as a 501c3 non-profit charity here in the U.S. and have a board of six directors who work hard to raise funds and awareness for our work.

Every summer I travel to Tanzania to check up on our work, to spend time with the kids, and to speak with our staff. We are constantly looking for ways to expand and improve our work. We recently constructed a well on our property so that we now have our own fresh water. Of course, in order to continue our work and to expand to assist more children, we need to raise more money.

In August, a team of us will be venturing to Tanzania for our annual site visit. We will be working with the kids and will spend a day painting the house. We will also attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise funds and awareness for the House of Blue Hope. As you may already know, at 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent.

Support Billy’s efforts here and join us in wishing him luck in his climb!

Beer Pong Tournament Wrap Up

Thank you to the 30 attendees who came out to Bar 15 West  in Fort Lauderdale, FL on June 29 and played in the beer pong tournament benefiting House of Blue Hope.  Over $400 raised for the children of Blue Hope.  Special thanks to our corporate donors Rocco’s Tacos, Morton’s Steakhouse, Tap 42 Restaurant, Salon Bongini and congratulations to the winning team “Brandon St. Randy”, Kevin and Tracey Kennedy.