House of blue hope charity kids stand in front of the many bags of plastic waste they collected from Coco Beach, as part of the Lipe Fagio beach clean up community initiative

HBH join Nipe Fagio, Working Towards SDG #14

Through the charity’s participation in CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography’s Empathy Between Species Project, the vulnerable kids in House of Blue Hope’s care have become more aware of the vulnerability of nature and the animals with which we share the planet.

 

After trips to the Every Living Thing animal sanctuary, as well as a visit from the Tanzania based conservation NGO Sea Sense teaching them about the ocean’s vulnerable inhabitants followed by witnessing vulnerable Sea Turtles hatching, it is fair to say the kids in the charity’s care have found a new passion for the ocean and nature.

 

It was with this passion that a few of the kids voiced a wish to be able to be more active in helping protect nature, and especially Tanzania’s marine environment. The suggestion of joining in with the local regular beach cleaning event organised by Nipe Fagio (which is Swahili for ‘give me the broom’) was made and, with little delay, a small group of the older kids and the caregivers made their way one early morning to Coco beach in Oyster Bay, Dar es Salaam. Armed with large garbage bags and protective gloves, the HBH contingency joined volunteers, including two Sea Sense Ocean Ambassadors who had taught the HBH kids at the community center, and filled the sacks with plastic waste that had accumulated on the beach.

volunteers from Dar es Salaam joined the House of Blue Hope charity, as part of the Lipe Fagio beach clean up

Volunteers from Dar es Salaam joined the House of Blue Hope charity, as part of the Nipe Fagio beach clean up. Such efforts organised by Nipe Fagio are a step towards achieving SDG #14 Life Below Water.

 

As many will know, the scale and impact of plastic waste choking the ocean and its marine life, has reached crisis point. The UN’s oceans chief Lisa Svensson describes it as a “planetary crisis,”. “In a few short decades since we discovered the convenience of plastics, we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean.”

 

One of many sacks filled with plastic waste collected by the House of Blue Hope charity kids

Many garbage bags were filled with plastic waste, that would otherwise go back into the ocean, causing harm to the marine environment. This effort goes towards the charity’s efforts to achieve SDG#14 Life Below Water.

 

As the sun rose and the day got hotter, the kids took a welcome rest after their hard work, enjoying the now cleaner beach, before making their way back to Mabibo in time for tea, safe in the knowledge they had made a meaningful impact towards SDG #14 ( Sustainable Development Goal #14 – Life Below Water) by making the ocean that much cleaner and safer for the Sea Turtles and other precious marine wildlife Sea Sense had taught them about.

 

The House of Blue Hope charity is always looking for opportunities to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and hope to facilitate more occasions like this, so that the kids in its care learn about them, and how they can be a part of the global effort to achieve a more sustainable and healthy way of life for all, empowering them and imbuing them with a sense of ownership of their natural heritage. Of course, it also serves as another opportunity for the kids to enjoy a trip to the beach and enjoy the natural splendour of Tanzania’s coastline!

Coco Beach after the Nipe Fagio community beach clean up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This opportunity was brought about by the excellent example being set by the conservation NGO Sea Sense, and the tireless work of the Nipe Fagio group do to engage the public to take action, diminishing the damage caused by plastic waste in the Indian Ocean.

Urgent Need to Help The Rural Poor in Tanzania

 

With the first month of 2018 rapidly drawing to a close, House of Blue Hope has been busier than ever. With the doubled capacity of the new girls’ house, the NGO has been working with the government to bring the most vulnerable young girls into its care. The demand for aid from charities such as House of Blue Hope, to help the growing poverty stricken rural population is alarming. 

 

Though the charity is based in the commercial port city, Dar es Salaam, where a subsistence housing crisis is not abating as the young workforce moves to urban areas in search of jobs, rural poverty remains a huge problem. According to The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) “as of 2016, Tanzania has an estimated population of 53 million people, with about 70% of the population residing in rural areas” while “poverty is more prevalent in rural areas: over 80% of the country’s poor and extremely poor people live in rural areas

 

The rural poor are largely employed in the agriculture sector (three quarters of all Tanzanian workers are employed in the agriculture sector, though it contributes roughly one quarter of the country’s GDP), as small-scale subsistence farmers – 80% of production comes from hand-hoe and rainfed production, which is vulnerable to drought and catastrophic crop failures.

 

Not only do the rural poor suffer from a lack of stable income, they rarely have access to any infrastructure such as healthcare. Even if these subsistence farmers have enough money to seek out treatment when needed, they face days of walking to the nearest hospital or surgery.

 

Malnutrition is rife, and has a severe, and long lasting impact on the health and well-being of this young nation. According to Action Against Hunger and Institute of International and Strategic Relations  “nationally, chronic malnutrition or stunting affects 34.7% of children under the age of five. Severe stunting affected 11.5% of children nationwide.” “Overall, more than 2.7 million children under five in Tanzania are stunted, which affects their future learning, productivity, and their opportunities to escape poverty.”

 

These statistics are manifesting in the number and severity of cases House of Blue Hope is being asked to take on by government agencies. Not only are thousands of young children suffering from malnutrition, but with scarce sources of clean water, and poor sanitary conditions, many are carrying parasites that are taking what precious nutrients they do receive. This sometimes deadly combination of hunger and disease must be stopped.

The charity's social workers work together with government social workers to assess the best course of action in helping the rural poor. In this instance, a grandmother who could not look after her grandchild.

The charity’s social workers work together with government social workers to assess the best course of action in helping the rural poor. In this instance, a grandmother who could not look after her grandchild.

Already the charity has taken in three new girls who find themselves in this desperate situation: Enneck is five years old, Rahma who is four, and six year old Catherine. Alongside the new girls is a young boy of four, Yohana. These children have now been given the medical care they so pressingly need. Now safely in the care of the charity, their journey to health, security, and an education can begin.

Without your support, the House of Blue Hope charity would not be able to take in these vulnerable kids. There are so many more in dire need of House of Blue Hope’s care and support. Please help us help them escape the difficult situations they find themselves in, and give these children a better start in life. Together we can give them the time and care they need to flourish, escaping the significant, long lasting burdens of poverty.

If you would like to sponsor Yohana, Enneck, Rahma, or Catherine, or indeed other children in House of Blue Hope’s care, please get in touch: info@houseofbluehope.org . Alternatively one off donations, whatever the size, go an incredibly long way in allowing the charity to make the difference in the lives of these vulnerable children in rural Tanzania. Thank you.

Thank You to All Who Made 2017 Special

As the year comes to a close, the House of Blue Hope charity would like to take the opportunity to look back at some wonderful moments that have made its tenth year extra special, and thank all those that made it so fruitful.

Donations, visits from fellow charities, and educational trips have helped make 2017 a great year.

The year started with a boost when the charity welcomed the support from local Dar es Salaam residents who took the task of fundraising and donation collection to new heights. Shelly and Gary, donors to the charity themselves, also helped secure the support from local businesses Karambezi and the Sea Cliff Casino. Karambezi cafe and restaurant in Masaki, Dar es Salaam, has now helped host a Christmas gift/donation drive for the last two Christmas holidays, while the Sea Cliff Casino very generously donated and sponsored a vehicle to the charity, making the many trips taken this year possible. Sea Cliff Casino’s generosity has facilitated so many projects and made a huge positive impact on the kids’ lives. Thank you!

 

When appeals were made to the local community in Dar, many residents in the city responded swiftly and with generosity, donating goods throughout the year; the clothes, books, bedding and more are greatly appreciated by the charity and its wards. A special mention goes to Shaifa from Children’s Birthday Miracles- Dar es Salaam, who has organised so many donations, collecting and delivering essentials and more to the charity in Mabibo, as well as arranging for the local Aga Khan Girl Guides and Boy Scouts to visit the kids, with great success. Thank you Shaifa.

The Aga Khan Guides and Scouts pay the House of Blue Hope family a visit, bringing donations of essentials and games with them.

What was an essential but very unwanted experience for the kids in 2017, was made fun and educational when Divinegrace Dental Clinic volunteered their services ensuring the kids’ oral health was good. This year’s upcoming dental checkup will, no doubt, be more welcome by the kids when they visit the Divinegrace Dental Clinic in Dar in 2018. Thank you for your time, skill, and patience when inspecting all the kids’ teeth and teaching them the important lesson of looking after their pearly whites.

A collaboration that started in 2017 and, the charity hopes, will last well into 2018 is that between the charity and Dar es Salaam based photographer, CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography who has donated her time and expertise on many occasions. Her contributions have been many throughout 2017, and none more so than when the charity was invited to take part in her Empathy Between Species Project, that has seen the HBH kids enjoy encounters with animals at the Every Living Thing Animal Sanctuary in the city, as well as being taught about the importance and vulnerability of the marine habitat and its inhabitants that are part of the country’s natural heritage. These lessons were brought to life when marine conservation NGO Sea Sense invited the kids to witness a Sea Turtle hatching on South Beach in Dar. Thank you Every Living Thing Animal Sanctuary and Sea Sense Marine Conservation NGO for nurturing a love of nature and animals in the HBH kids, and a very big CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography for including the charity in her important Empathy Between Species Project, and the donation of a water tank. Without her time and energy these wonderful events would not have happened.

CJ EKlund Fine Art Photography’s Empathy Between Species Project has given the kids wonderful opportunities to learn about animal welfare, as well as sucured the donation of a water tank.

Though this year has seen a substantial increase in support from local donors and businesses, the charity would be nowhere without the significant contributions made year after year from generous donors across the ocean in the States. The tireless fundraising and support by the charity’s board members and their friends and family, has never waivered and 2017 was no different. With annual fundraising events that have become highlights of many calendars, the generosity evident by the strong financial backing received from the States by the charity has put the organization on sure footing for the year ahead. This is especially important now that the charity has doubled its capacity and welcomed vulnerable young girls into its care, as well as opening a community center.

 

The girls’ house is quickly filling up and the charity looks forward to reaching full capacity very soon. If you are interested in sponsoring the newest additions to the charity please get in touch. These young girls’ futures can be transformed by relatively small monthly stipends and the impact on their lives, and the country’s progress as a whole, is something that is in the sights of the international development community. The House of Blue Hope charity is keen to do what it can towards this movement.

 

In 2017 the newly opened community center has seen the charity extend its positive influence within the Mabibo community and been host to extra curricular lessons for the kids, HBH alumni, as well as women from the Mabibo community who are trapped in a cycle of unreliable, inconsistent, and scarce income opportunities. The charity is keen to see it put to good use many times over throughout 2018. If you would like to make a donation towards its upkeep or any of the projects that can be put into practice there, any donation is most welcome

Local women receive training in finance, business, and craftwork skills, while the alumni received job market and work place training.

 

As the charity looks forward to 2018 there are many potential projects and developments that the board members are eager to realize, helping the most vulnerable children who have had the misfortune of being thrown into desperate, unforgiving, and often violent situations, escape an almost inevitable vicious poverty cycle.

 

Thanks to the ongoing support the charity receives, the organization is hoping it can build on 2017’s achievements, and transform many more lives for the next ten years and more. If you would like to donate any amount, big or small, please head to our Razoo page, alternatively if you would like to contribute to helping these vulnerable kids realize their dreams, in other ways, please get in touch! info@houseofbluehope.org.

 

Thank you, and Very Happy New Year!

Empathy Between Species with Sea Sense NGO

As many of our Facebook followers will be aware, over the last few months, the House of Blue Hope charity has been a privileged participant in CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography’s Empathy Between Species Project: “a black and white portrait photography project that focuses on highlighting and increasing awareness about the treatment of animals in Tanzania”. An ambitious, far-reaching project, the House Of Blue Hope joins fellow children’s shelters, schools, animal welfare shelters, and wildlife conservation organisations, in partnering with the Tanzania based photographer, in her efforts to educate the young citizens in becoming more responsible and considerate of the animals with which they share their country.  

Already in the short time this project has been in action, it has facilitated the donation of a water tank and irrigation kit from Balton Tanzania Ltd to the charity. This gift has opened up the possibility for the charity to become more self-sufficient.

More than facilitating donations from businesses, CJ Eklund’s project has given something very special to the kids in House of Blue Hope’s care: opportunities to learn about animal welfare, and vital conservation work being done in Tanzania, from experienced professionals who have guided the kids through up close encounters with these wonderful animals- both wild and domesticated.

In July this year, The Empathy Between Species Project organised for Scania Tanzania Ltd to transport the HBH kids to the Every Living Thing animal sanctuary. Having visited the shelter in April, the HBH kids were eager to return and get updates on how the animals they encountered were getting on. The kids soon realised that over the course of three months, the number of animals the sanctuary had rescued had significantly increased and that the need for careful animal stewardship was as important as ever.

Another organisation that is taking part in the Empathy Between Species project is Sea Sense. They are a Tanzanian (NGO) that works closely with coastal communities to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks. In August HBH welcomed two Ocean Ambassadors from Sea Sense to the community centre where they taught the HBH kids, and as many kids from the community who could fit in the centre, about the wildlife that calls the Indian Ocean its home. These University of Dar es Salaam graduates shared the wealth of knowledge they had gained through their Aquatic Sciences and Conservation degrees, as well as their time volunteering for the marine conservation NGO, with the kids who learned about endangered and vulnerable species. After a long day at school in the hot Tanzanian afternoon sun, you might expect the kids to be disinclined to pay attention, but all eyes and ears were firmly focused on the two young men who were taking the lesson.

Ocean Ambassadors from Sea Sense NGO teach the kids in the community center in Mabibo about endangered species

The Sea Sense Ocean Ambassadors visited the HBH kids and discussed their work protecting endangered species such as turtles, whales, and Dugongs.

So positive was the kids’ reaction to the lesson, that when the opportunity to visit a sea turtle hatching in Kigamboni to the south of the city materialised, CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography was determined to ensure the HBH kids would have the means to be there when these precious creatures made their way from land to sea for the very first time.

the children make their way across the beach in Kigamboni where the turtle nest is.

The kids make their way to the turtle nest site, that has been guarded day and night by volunteers at Sea Sense NGO, protecting endangered species.

Coordinating with Lindsey West, Sea Sense’s director, CK Eklund Fine Art Photography was poised to transport the kids to the stretch of beach patrolled nightly by dedicated volunteers, who ensure vulnerable sea turtle nests aren’t disturbed or harmed by human activity, at South Beach on Dar es Salaam’s southern coast. With an ever decreasing window of opportunity to witness a hatching event during this year’s hatching season, it came as a blow when Lindsey informed CJ that two nests which were due to hatch in September, had been discovered to be rotten. Only one nest here in Dar es Salaam was left. As is the nature of such an event, despite careful, daily monitoring, Lindsey could only give CJ a couple of day’s notice at most, so it came as a relief when CJ got the call: the nest was viable and due to hatch within twenty four hours. The kids would have to be transported two hours south of Mabibo in time to catch the baby sea turtles as they scrambled from nest to water, as the day was coming to a close.

Sea Sense volunteers teach the HBH kids about turtle releasing procedure on the beach

The Ocean Ambassadors, and Sea Sense volunteers talk to the kids about Sea Turtles and the hatching process.

With transport generously provided by Scania Tanzania Ltd, a dash across the city with the kids and supervising adults, the HBH party made its way to the quiet beach, where, beside the roped off nest, the volunteers reiterated the lesson taught back in the community centre, as well as safety procedures to ensure no harm would be done to the many hatchlings the kids were about to witness, and so that the kids could play an instrumental part in helping them on their first journey.

Kids stand beside the roped off area of beach where the Sea Sense volunteers dig up the baby turtles

Moments later, the volunteers pushed back the sand covering the nest, revealing the newly hatched baby sea turtles, and helping them pull their way out of the hole and towards the ocean. The kids watched as these vulnerable little creatures battled over the tiny mounds of sand and seaweed, some kids sweeping debri from their paths and watching in delight as they finally reached the water. In an instant these clumsy finned turtles became elegant swimmers completely at home in the ocean. The exhilaration of the occasion was evident in the kids and their carers who spent what little daylight was left of the day, playing in the wash and running around the beach safe in the knowledge these little ones had overcome their first of countless hurdles they face before adulthood. Indeed, despite so many turtles making it to the water, the numbers which make it to adulthood are incredibly low. On this occasion two out of three of these nests had no viable eggs. Of this successful hatching, one egg didn’t hatch. And according to the Ocean Ambassadors volunteering at Sea Sense, only one in every thousand eggs that do hatch, make it to adulthood. The fragility and preciousness of life was inescapably highlighted through this experience, that will stay with the HBH kids for years to come.

Kids watch as baby turtles make their way to the ocean in Kigamboni

The vulnerable baby sea turtles are watched as they make their way to the ocean.

Don’t forget, if you want to make an online donation to help support opportunities like this, or simply a one off donation to contribute to the cost of caring for a child, there will be zero fees charged on Giving Tuesday 28th November, so that every cent donated goes straight to the kids.

 

Giving Tuesday November 28th 2017

As many of you will be aware, this year has been a busy one, with many exciting developments. With the doubling in capacity, enabling vulnerable girls to be welcomed into the charity’s care, as well as the opening of a community centre where training and workshops have been held to support the disadvantaged within the Mabibo community, the importance of fundraising is as vital as ever.

Kids receive donated items at the house in Mabibo Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Kids receive donated items at the house in Mabibo, Dar es Salaam.

The charity has been holding fundraising events throughout the year in order to raise the funds needed to secure the futures of the vulnerable boys and girls in its care, as well as carry out outreach programs and community projects. The charity would like to thank all of you who generously donated thus far. Without your support the charity could not provide the education to those blighted by poverty in Tanzania!

Fundraising events held in the US have provided much needed funding for the House of Blue Hope Charity

Fundraising events held in the US have provided much needed funding for the House of Blue Hope Charity this year.

One cost the charity works hard to minimise is the cost of giving. With Razoo, minimal fees are paid on each donation so that as much of the money generously donated can be used where it’s needed most: providing the care and education these vulnerable young children need to escape the poverty into which they were born, and become happy, successful young adults pursuing their dreams.

A water tank, clothes, and toys are donated to the kids at House of Blue Hope charity, in Dar es Salaam Tanzania

The House of Blue Hope charity has been the recipient of generous donors in Dar es Salaam, who have donated large and small items for the kids.

 

If you have been meaning to donate to the House of Blue Hope charity, your chance to donate – with zero fees – is coming! This year’s #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday November 28th – a week today! On #GivingTuesday  November 28th, all online donations made via Razoo will incur zero fees, which means every cent donated goes to the kids in House of Blue Hope’s care, and the most disadvantaged in Mabibo, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Want to find out how else you can get involved in the #GivingTuesday movement? Check out their page here. If you can’t donate on the day there are many ideas for giving in whichever way you can. 

The House of Blue Hope charity welcomes your support however you choose to give it. Thank you. #GivingTuesday.

Youth computer programming by HBH's Frank in Tanzania

Frank Puts Computer Programming into Practice

HBH would like to share a special project recently completed by Frank. Frank has chosen to pursue computer programming as part of his optional academic modules, and has written a report about constructing a functioning measuring kit:
Frank shows how he has put his computer programming skills into practice by demonstrating how his Measuring Kit works

Frank shows how he has put his C++ computer programming skills into practice by demonstrating how his Measuring Kit works

This kit measures distance from the ultrasonic sensor to the object or any obstacle which is in front of it (ultrasonic sensor). It took me about three weeks in assembling all the parts and testing the codes for correctness and debugging all the errors. It took much time because it was the first time I was involved in coding and all the different connections necessary to build the kit. It is applicable when you want to prepare your small garden at your home which it is two meters (2m) long because the sensor’s maximum length measurement is two meters (2m). It is made up of ultrasonic sensor, arduino UNO, jumper wires, blade board and the LCD.

I enjoy programming and am learning C++ and JAVA to start, as I believe will make a lot of development in my country.
HBH is keen to support any interest the HBH kids show in learning to code and help prepare them for careers in computer programming and tech development.
HBH would like to thank JAW Sustainability, a sustainability consultancy firm in London, UK, for generously donating the laptop Frank uses to learn and practice his coding skills. Asante sana. 
Laptop donated to House of Blue Hope charity in Tanzania, by JAW Sustainability, a London based sustainability consultancy firm.

Laptop donated to House of Blue Hope by JAW Sustainability, a London based sustainability consultancy firm.

HBH Gets a Visit from HIV Education & Support Group

Always keen to broaden the horizons of the kids in its care, the charity took the opportunity to invite the good people from The Baobab Home to the community center in Mabibo. Their support group “Stronger Together” for HIV+ children aged 6 to 18 in Bagamoyo, was visiting Dar es Salaam, and took time out of their busy schedule to visit the House of Blue Hope charity.

As part of their support efforts, the Stronger Together group practice dance, conduct art activities, and hold group discussions about stigma, death, infection, school and other issues faced by kids growing up HIV+. The House of Blue Hope charity was fortunate enough to experience dance performances and were given beautiful artwork.

Members of the Stronger Together Group from Baobab Home visit th House of Blue Hope charity Kids in Dar es Salaam

The HBH kids watched as the drums kept rhythm for the dancers to perform a symbolic dance routine, illustrating a story of the impact of HIV on young lives.

After watching the performances the HBH kids have been inspired to learn more about the  therapeutic benefits of dance and performance, and its power to help shift stigma, and educate people about HIV.  

The Stronger Together Group Use Dance to illustrate stories of overcoming stigma attached to HIV infection

The Stronger Together Group use dance to illustrate stories of overcoming stigma attached to HIV infection.

According to the UN, as of 2015, between 1.2 – 1.6 million people suffer from HIV in Tanzania. Between 77,000  and 110,000 are children aged from 0 to 14. Not only are children suffering from the infection directly themselves, but many are orphaned by AIDS when their parents die prematurely. The number of Orphans due to AIDS aged 0 to 17 is between 700,000- 880,000 in Tanzania.

The HBH kids thanked the visitors who had put on an energetic and inspiring performance to reduce the stigma associated with HIV.

The House of Blue Hope charity supports children who are affected by the virus. To help educate the kids and community about the disease and its impact, the charity hopes to remove stigma, prevent its spread, and provide care and guidance for those in need. We welcome the input and example set by the Stronger Together team, and look forward to future visits and exchanges between the two charities, so that we can amplify the message of hope and education throughout Tanzania.

Head to our Facebook page to watch videos of the Stronger Together visit to the House of Blue Hope community centre.

HBH Soccer Squad Train for Kandanda Day 2017

Kandanda Day 2017 is fast approaching and will be held at DSM University College of Education at 9am on Saturday 21st October.

The charity in Dar es Salaam has been taking part in Kandanda Day for the past three years, and is keen to improve upon past performances. The team representing the charity consists of the under 15s from the house, with local kids from the Mabibo community completing the squad of twenty. Training is three times a week on a makeshift pitch a short walk from the house, and excitement has been building over the last few months as the team have worked together to be ready for the big day.

Kids from the HBH charity soccer team practice skills before a training match in Mabibo, Dar es Salaam

Soccer drills have played an important role in preparing the HBH soccer squad for their upcoming performance on Kandanda Day 21st October 2017.

The training has provided a strong sense of team spirit amongst the House of Blue Hope kids and their neighbours, as well as setting an example to the younger kids in the house, who will one day follow in their footsteps in representing the charity, and community as a whole. It is important to the charity that the kids in its care are encouraged to pursue interests and passions outside of the school curriculum. House of Blue Hope is keen to nurture sporting talent amongst its wards, as one of many potential extra-curricular interests.  

Through the generosity of a donor from the US, the kids have been gifted soccer kit to wear: Naturally the soccer kit colour is blue, with gold numbers emblazoned on the back.

The boys in blue have become a welcome spectacle within the poverty stricken district of Dar es Salaam, with young kids in the community paying close attention to the older boys, and local mothers often taking a break from their daily work, to watch the kids practice for the big day.

kids and mothers in the Mabibo community in Dar es Salaam, watch as the House of Blue Hope football squad practice for Kandanda Day 2017

the community has followed the progress and training of the HBH soccer team, with interest.

Currently not all the squad has their own football boots, but that hasn’t diminished their enthusiasm or desire to succeed.  Though the charity in Tanzania has received donations of football boots in the past, the ones they have get a lot of use, and there is always a need for trainers and football boots so the kids can play and train in comfort. Do you have unused kids’ trainers or football boots collecting dust, and want to donate them to the kids in Mabibo? If so, please get in touch at info@houseofbluehope.org

Kandanda.co.tz was founded in 2011 and is going from strength to strength, promoting Tanzanian soccer from street leagues to major league soccer, among kiswahili speakers in Tanzania and around the globe. Kandanda Co. also covers world soccer updates, livescores, fixtures, standings, gossip and photos. Two representatives were on hand to interview the HBH soccer squad, as well as the charity’s country Director, Daudi Mboma. Check out photos and footage taken on this training day via our Instagram and Facebook social media accounts. 

 

kids walk through Mabibo District of Dar es Salaam, on the way back from school.

Learning to Realise Promise Prioritised by HBH

With ten years of successful experience helping the most vulnerable children in Tanzania, the House of Blue Hope charity takes the education of vulnerable children incredibly seriously. The charity shares the view of World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim:

“When delivered well, education promises young people employment, better earnings, good health, and a life without poverty. For communities, education spurs innovation, strengthens institutions, and fosters social cohesion. But these benefits depend on learning, and schooling without learning is a wasted opportunity. More than that, it’s a great injustice: the children whom societies fail the most are the ones who are most in need of a good education to succeed in life.

The World Bank’s recently published World Development Report 2018: ‘Learning to Realise Promise’ has revealed, that despite net enrolment in education in developing countries in the last few decades far outpacing historic rates of today’s industrialised countries, there is a ‘learning crisis’ in global education. Millions of students in low and middle income countries are failing to benefit from years in primary and secondary school as literacy and numeracy standards remain alarmingly low for these children in long term formal education. Young students, already disadvantaged by barriers to learning such as poverty, gender inequality, and disability, are reaching young adulthood without even the basic tools or knowledge needed to cope. As highlighted, these fundamental skills have a huge impact. Without them, simple tasks like “calculating the correct change from a transaction, reading a doctor’s instructions, or interpreting a campaign promisebecome unachievable.

Kids walk through Mabibo District of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, after school

Though many kids in Tanzania attend primary and secondary school, the standard of teaching is often startlingly low, with kids not gaining the skills necessary to prosper.

A poor education harms those most in need of the boost a good education should provide, thus widening, not narrowing, the social divide. This amplification of inequalities is not diminished the longer the students are in school; without that early foundation of skills, year on year learning is curtailed. It also perpetuates the social divide through the generations. Barely literate and numerate parents, and teachers cannot nurture learning and knowledge in the younger generations.

So despite the encouraging rate of enrollment in education systems globally, why are these systems failing those students who are attending primary school and secondary school? The report reveals “Struggling education systems lack one or more of four key school-level ingredients for learning: prepared learners, effective teaching, learning focused inputs, and the skilled management and governance that pulls them all together.”

The children who do make it to the school gate, often do so unprepared or unable to absorb what they are going to be taught. In developing countries where poverty is rife, these children can often be malnourished, suffering from disease, and have little or no support from caregivers or guardians. The harsh environments that come hand in hand with poverty undermine their capacity to learn.

Poverty, malnutrition, and little support from caregivers, means vulnerable kids are disadvantaged in the classroom, perpetuating the social divide.

While some children are not in a position to learn, teachers are often not in a fit state to teach. With a lack of knowledge and skills themselves, it can be a case of the blind leading the blind. As the report testifiesTeachers are the most important factor affecting learning in schools.  Weak teacher education results in teachers lacking subject knowledge and pedagogical skills.” Indeed the report goes on to state in 14 Sub-Saharan countries, the average grade 6 teacher performs no better on reading tests than do the highest-performing students from that grade.Aside from a dearth in the tools to teach, many teachers can be demotivated or absent entirely. Poor management and career support, as well as underfunding for those teachers that are capable and motivated to teach, can be contributing factors to such absenteeism.

This World Bank report emphasises the charity’s work is as vital as ever in fighting the social injustices that hobble the poorest in society. The House of Blue Hope charity has a wealth of experience ensuring vulnerable kids in Tanzania are given the best possible start in life: their good health, and a comprehensive education, are a fundamental starting point from which the charity builds.

In conjunction with providing sustenance and medical attention, caregivers ensure they receive the emotional and psychological support they need, as these kids have often experienced trauma, neglect, or abuse. This prepares them so that they are ready to learn and get the most out of the education they receive.

The newest additions to the organisation are given the tutoring support they need to be ready to enter formal education: It is often the case that the vulnerable children the charity takes in have either missed years of school, or never had the opportunity to attend. In such cases, the children are given extra help to get them up to speed, so that when they do enter school, they have the best chance of settling in successfully, so that they can gain the most of the education on offer.

kids walk through Mabibo District of Dar es Salaam, on the way back from school.

The House of Blue Hope charity sends the kids in its care to some of the best schools in the city, so they can reach their full potential.

The children are provided one of the best educations available in Dar es Salaam. The kids under the charity’s stewardship, attend Gonzaga Primary, and Loyola High Schools. These schools provide an exemplary education, where learning is its vehicle for success. The school’s reputation is well founded on talented, motivated teachers who are given the support and training they need to facilitate the endowment of knowledge, critical, as well as creative, thinking the young students need to be well prepared for the challenges they will face as adults.

In a country where poverty is a persistent barrier to learning and development, the House of Blue Hope charity is doing what it can to break the cycle of illiteracy and innumeracy that hold the children whom societies fail the most, from escaping the poverty into which they were born, by providing a life changing opportunity to learn and prosper.

Mr Mkumbo from Ubungo Municipality in Dar es Salaam was House of Blue Hope Charity's guest of honour at the tenth birthday community party

HBH Welcomes Mr Mkumbo and others to Celebrate Ten Years

It has been a very special year for the charity this year, so there was lots to celebrate. With that in mind, the charity organised a street party held at the house, inviting those who had played pivotal roles in the year’s achievements, as well as community members.

Having reached the ten year milestone, the House of Blue Hope charity has been working hard to raise funds in order to double its size, with the ambition of securing the futures of ten vulnerable girls in the new girls’ house.

Not only is the charity working on doubling its capacity but also facilitating the successful transition from higher education to industry for the first kids to have received its aid, since its inception. These first alumni joined the celebrations and were excited to be present to witness the new kids just starting their journey through the charity’s guardianship. Each spoke briefly about their experiences, on the day.

The four vulnerable girls who have been taken in by House of Blue Hope Charity introduced themselves for the first time, to the day’s attendees. Having been at the house for a few months now, they have become comfortable and settled in their new home, while preparing themselves for entering formal school at Gonzaga Primary School in the coming months. Currently there is space for another six girls, and the charity is working on making that happen very soon.

The vulnerable girls who joined House of Blue Hope introduce themselves to the attendees of the charity's community celebration, with the boys who have been receiving support for a while, in Mabibo

Also in attendance was writer, Vedasto Nyatega, from Lecri Consult Ltd. Earlier in the year a few of the alumni had attended a two day seminar involving CV writing, interview techniques, and more. As today’s kids grow up and complete their education, the charity will continue to provide guidance and support to help them reach their full potential in the job market.

This year has seen the charity making the most of its newly leased community centre. There have been several educational workshops, including training mothers and women within the Mabibo community, in craftwork and business skills. Attendees of these courses joined in the celebrations and exhibited their products, discussing what they had learned with other guests.

Women from Mabibo community show off their craftwork including fabric, beaded handbags, and scarves, at the charity street party celebrating ten years in Tanzania

It was also a pleasure for the House of Blue Hope charity to receive two representatives of the marine conservation organisation Sea Sense, who had visited the community centre to teach the HBH kids about the marine habitat, and the vital conservation work they do to help protect Sea Turtles, and many other threatened species.  As many of you will know, the charity’s involvement with Sea Sense came about through the collaboration with the incredibly talented CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography whose #EmpathyBetweenSpeciesProject has seen equipment being donated to the House of Blue Hope, and seen the kids be given the opportunity to learn so much about animal welfare and the environment. More news to follow very soon about this incredible project, so watch this space. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate with CJ Eklund Fine Art Photography on House of Blue Hope Day.   

House of Blue Hope Charity's country director, Daudi Mboma, gets ready to cut the tenth birthday cake, in front of Mr Mkumbo from the Ubungo Municipal, Dar es Salaam

Local luminary Mr James Mkumbo, who is District Administrative Secretary of Ubungo Municipal, was the House of Blue Hope Charity’s guest of honour. Mr Mkumbo has been the charity’s contact person at the municipal. During several projects which involve the Municipal he has always been there to share valuable information. Such projects include the donation of bricks for the construction of latrines at Mbezi Msumi Primary School: Mr Mkumbo linked the House of Blue Hope Charity with the school and was invaluable throughout the whole process. It was an honour to welcome him to share in the stories and developments the charity has been a part of, and to look forward to future progress and ambitions to turn the lives around for vulnerable kids in Tanzania, and help eliminate poverty, alongside fulfilling many other SDGs set out by the UN.

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