On August 5 through 18 this summer, five avid supporters of House of Blue Hope are traveling to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to meet the kids of Blue Hope, volunteer at the house, and help fund raise for the Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Every few days, we will highlight one of the outstanding people planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise awareness and fund for the House of Blue Hope Foundation. Our first climber, founder and president, Billy Bludgus:
As many of you already know, I moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa in 2005 after graduating from college. I spent almost three years there teaching at a high school and working on community development projects. The largest project which I took on was founding the House of Blue Hope in 2007 with a few Tanzanian friends. This project focused on providing housing, basic necessities, and educational opportunities for kids in need. We started by renting a small room and brought four kids off the streets of Dar and enrolled them into neighborhood schools. Now, five and a half years later, we own our own facility and rent a second building. We support 19 children and teenagers who are all enrolled in schools and doing well. We have a full Tanzanian staff in Dar: two project administrators, a social worker, a teacher, a cook, house supervisore, and night watchment. We are registered as a 501c3 non-profit charity here in the U.S. and have a board of six directors who work hard to raise funds and awareness for our work.
Every summer I travel to Tanzania to check up on our work, to spend time with the kids, and to speak with our staff. We are constantly looking for ways to expand and improve our work. We recently constructed a well on our property so that we now have our own fresh water. Of course, in order to continue our work and to expand to assist more children, we need to raise more money.
In August, a team of us will be venturing to Tanzania for our annual site visit. We will be working with the kids and will spend a day painting the house. We will also attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in order to raise funds and awareness for the House of Blue Hope. As you may already know, at 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent.
Support Billy’s efforts here and join us in wishing him luck in his climb!