House of Blue Hope Children visit the Logos Ship

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The boys of House of Blue Hope spent time visiting The Logos, a ship that sails around the world from port to port bringing literature and encouraging cultural understanding to expand knowledge, further education, and facilitate personal development. The children had a great time; it’s the sort of activity all kids should be able to experience, and that HBH is able to provide with the support of our friends – thanks!

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!

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!

Meet Mussa

A few years ago Mussa was sleeping in the streets, last year he took and passed the entrance exam into one of the most rigorous schools in all of Tanzania – Loyola Secondary School. With House of Blue Hope’s support, Mussa was able to attend Loyola and this year he graduated with his form four certification – the Tanzanian equivalent to the high school diploma.  His national examination test performance was so exceptional the government of Tanzania has offered him a spot in the prestigious A level program.  With your support, Mussa will attend A Level, a college preparatory program for the most elite students, and go on to study for his university degree.   Please join us in congratulating Mussa on his amazing academic achievements!
Want to help more students like Mussa be successful?  Consider making a donation to House of Blue Hope!

The Boys Become Teachers

by board member, Adam Weise

The boys of House of Blue Hope are students first and foremost, but often they also serve the role of teachers in multiple ways.  They form study groups and help each other with homework.  For most Tanzanian children, education is a precious commodity.  Each trip to Tanzania reminds me of the sanctity of education.

Every day I scheduled a computer class which I would teach at the house. One day I became rather sick but I wanted to alert the class that I would not be able to teach. I stumbled through the blazing hot sun into the house about twenty minutes after the class was scheduled to start. From the outside I could hear loud voices, I worried that the boys were fighting over our limited computers. Instead I found the older boys running a class for the younger boys.

Justin and Mussa were teaching the younger ones how to identify their body parts in English. It was one of the moments that made me incredibly proud to be a part of an organization such as this and to be able to see kids that just a few years ago were not even in school teaching English to other boys reinforced my knowledge that we are doing something very powerful in Tanzania. My proudest moment in House of Blue Hope was watching Justin, a formerly rebellious youth, teaching the younger boys English. He has matured into a leader and we all hope that other boys will follow in his foot steps.

5 Boys Graduate From High School

Recently five of our oldest boys, many with House of Blue Hope since its inception, have graduated from Form Four – the equivalent to a High School degree.  While their educational journeys are still far from over, we congratulate James, Evarist, Athuman, Musa and Maneno in their accomplishment. Currently they spend their time waiting on their national examination results, helping around the house and teaching the younger boys in a variety of courses on a daily basis.

The national exam scores will determine which schools they can go to and how much the government will help them with their educations. If they make certain levels, their options will be unlimited but as their scores decrease as do the options. It is much like the ACT but is subject specific and takes place over a period of weeks.  The national form four examination is a large determining factor in the future of each student.  Just completing form four, which they all will have done with a passing grade, will mean they are able to achieve a variety of jobs throughout Dar es Salaam and Tanzania.

Please join us in congratulating these five upstanding young men for their achievements and wish them luck with their test results!

 

Sports Shoes Needed

This school year, it has been announced that sports shoes (gym shoes) are a requirement for students.  The schools are enforcing this new rule rather strictly and students without the proper shoes will not be allowed to participate in the sports practiced.  As we strongly encourage the kids in our program to participate in extracurricular actives such as arts and sports, we are looking for your help to afford the expenses of the 18 pairs of shoes needed.  Each pair costs $15, will you pledge $15 so one of the kids in our program can participate in sports at their school?

Go Pack Go!

Of course the boys of Blue Hope are fans of the Packers!  A generous support sent the kids in the program all Green Bay Packer hats as a nice gift.  Want to send the boys a gift?  Contact Jenna at jriedi@houseofbluehope.org for details.  Thank you and Go Pack!

Meet Adam!

Adam is the youngest of 6 children.  His father was abusing his mother so badly that she ran away from him and moved in with her father.  Because there are six children living with a woman and old man in Dar es Salaam, there was no money for Adam to go to school and food was hard to come by.

Adam is now living in the Blue Hope house and going to school, pursuing his dream of being a pilot one day!