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.

To see more photos of the festivities head over to our Facebook page, where you will find our photo album.

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