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!