Meet Rahim!

Meet Rahim: a young, playful 8 year old!  Rahim’s father has passed away and his mother suffers from HIV.  Due to this sad situation, Rahim was not going to school and was only eating one meal a day, which was provided by his neighbors.  Now that Rahim is in House of Blue Hope’s program, he lives in the Blue Hope house, eats three full meals a day, and is in standard 2 at one of the best primary schools in Dar es Salaam:  Gonzaga.

iGive Promotion

In celebration of their growing popularity, iGive will be donating $5 to House of Blue Hope for each new sign up and then another $5 for the first purchase used through iGive.  It’s completely free for you to use so please sign up and help Blue Hope!  You can sign up here.  Thanks!

Letter from the President 2011

August 24, 2011

 

Dear House of Blue Hope Family,

This past June and July, I was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks back in Tanzania for my annual visit.  I spent time at two houses interviewing each of our 19 kids, reviewing their school report cards, discussing their hopes and goals for the next year, and listening to their concerns about the future.  I also conducted an overall evaluation of our programs, met with each staff member, and held a Tanzanian House of Blue Hope Board meeting.

The conversations, observations, assessments, and dialogue were all incredibly encouraging and inspiring.  Our 19 kids are all enrolled in reputable schools and performing well, with many showing significant academic improvement and growth over the past year.  Moreover, our kids are happy and healthy, taking care of each other, studying together, and forming true mentorships as our older boys assist our younger boys with homework and sports.  Our staff members continue to grow into their roles as well, implementing many of the recommendations from last year which has significantly enhanced organization and structure within our programs.  Our community outreach has improved, and our social worker is well-known at many of the community schools which I visited.  Our Board of Directors is developing some very practical yet innovative ideas they have for expanding our project over the next several years.

It is always a true blessing to re-visit our work in Tanzania.  Four years ago, we bought an empty plot of land.  Now we are supporting 19 kids at two facilities, and all are thriving!  Of course, there is always room for growth as well.  We have set some goals for this upcoming year, mainly involving increasing communication both internally among our staff in Dar es Salaam, and externally within the local community.  We are also looking to improve the evening academic programming in the house, and we have already started on this, conducting interviews for an evening educational programmer during my visit.  I am confident the new position will help remediate and empower our kids even more effectively.

Naturally, as we continue to grow as an organization, we do continue to rely on your generous support.  My visit undoubtedly convinced me that we are supporting good and effective work.  Our efforts on the ground continue to change the trajectory of kids’ lives for the better.  We are creating a world of difference for 19 kids at the moment; let’s keep these kids shining and thriving, and add a few more to the lot this upcoming year as well!

I sincerely and wholeheartedly thank you for all you do for the House of Blue Hope Foundation.  Together, we are “overcoming poverty through education…one child at a time.”  Let’s keep it up!  Thank you again, and God Bless!

In Hope,

–Billy Bludgus

Back to School!

Children across the United States are getting ready to start another school year packed with learning and making friends.  Buying school supplies, comparing their teachers, and persuading mom and/or dad to buy those cool new shoes to wear on the first day.  It’s an exciting time of year!

In the spirit of back to school in the USA, we have some back to school shopping needs.  Please consider even just a $10 donation so the children in our program who are working hard in their studies have the necessary tools to be successful.  Thank you!

  • New clothes for all the housing program boys
  • School books for the outreach program boys
  • Support our Tutor Fund!  To help the children in our program have the best opportunities in their education, we employ a teacher to tutor them each school night and help them practice their English.

 

Soccer Club: Kandanda and Blue Hope Team Up!

Soccer Club: Kandanda and Blue Hope Team Up!

Earlier this month the House of Blue Hope welcomed the Kandanda Soccer Club. Thanks goes out to Kandanda for delivering presents and spending the day with the children.

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House of Blue Hope's own soccer star Mussa officially welcomed the club and accepted presents on behalf of the kids.

Kandanda member and two of House of Blue Hope's youngest children.

Billy’s Birthday Bash!

Founder and board president, Billy Bludgus, threw a fundraising party beer pong tournament on May 21st at Pat O’Briens in Manhattan in honor of his birthday.   About 90 people showed and they raised $950 which is being matched by UBS for a total of $1900!  Board member Scott Sadowski donated two tickets to the Mets / Yankees for the winners of the tournament.  Everyone in attendance had a great time – thank you for showing your support.

Strides for Kids 2011 Recap

On June 4, Blue Hope supporters gathered in Whitnall Park, located near Milwaukee, to participate in Strides for Kids 2011.  The supporters enjoyed amazing food, a great silent auction, and some wonderful company.  Over $2000 was raised through walker registration, pledges and the silent auction!

Thank you to everyone who came out to walk in Strides for Kids and learn more about the amazing mission of House of Blue Hope.  We are very excited about planning for Strides for Kids 2012 – mark your calendars:  June 2, 2012!

Blue Hope Hoodie!

We are excited to announce that BK Clothing Co has generously partnered with House of Blue Hope!  Purchase a “Blue Hope” hoodie and the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to House of Blue Hope.  With fair trade production and a super cool design, this is the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list (or for yourself!)

May 2011 Newsletter

House of Blue Hope Foundation

Overcoming poverty through education… one child at a time.

May 2011,  Vol 3  Issue 2

Strides for Kids!

It’s our annual charity walk and it will be bigger and better than last year!  Starting at 10am in Whitnall park, there will be the traditional 5k walk/run, with food, entertainment, raffle/silent auction, and tons of fun!  Register for the walk here. This year, we are having a contest for who raises the most pledges as well!  To raise pledges, you will have your own fund raising web page – just email Jenna at jriedi@houseofbluehope.org to get set up!

News From Tanzania – Meet Frank

Frank is 11 years old and has had a rough start to life.  His father was murdered and his mother has been in jail for most of his childhood.  Frank joined the House of Blue Hope program and moved into the house in Fall of 2010.  He is really enjoying school and his studies, and especially loves learning English, which he practices every night with the Blue Hope tutor, Patrick.  Frank wants to go into politics and become a government leader when he grows up.  Meet the rest of the Blue Hope boys!

Second Annual Poker Tournament

Join us for our second annual poker tournament!

Who: YOU!

What: Our second annual poker tournament is a fund raiser for the House of Blue Hope Foundation.  The three finalist will receive a prize as well as everyone who makes it to the final table will receive an additional prize for their accomplishment!  There will be a beginners table for those who want to play, but are new to the game.   Come to play, and bring your friends to enjoy the amazing food and drinks at Center Court!  **If you bring two friends who also play, your first buy-in will be free!

Please email jriedi@houseofbluehope.org if you have any questions!

Where: Center Court Pub and Grille (1118 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee)

When: Friday, June 3 starting at 7pm

Register Now here before the seats fill up!

Happy Birthday to our board president, Billy Bludgus!

Blue Hope Poker Tournament 2011

Join us for our second annual poker tournament!

Who: YOU!

What: Our second annual poker tournament is a fund raiser for the House of Blue Hope Foundation.  Everyone who makes it to the final table will receive a prize and the three finalist will receive an additional prize for their accomplishment!  There will also be a beginners table for those who want to play, but are new to the game.   Come play, and bring your friends to enjoy the amazing food and drinks at Center Court!

Please email jriedi@houseofbluehope.org if you have any questions!

Where: Center Court Pub and Grille (1118 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee)

When: Friday, June 3 starting at 7pm

Register Now here before the seats fill up!