Kili Climbers Profile: Michelle O’Neill

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.  Meet our second climber, Michelle O’Neill:

On August 3rd, I will be traveling to Tanzania, East Africa with the House of Blue Hope Foundation, a non-profit grass-roots  organization which was founded five years ago by my boyfriend, Billy Bludgus. The House of Blue Hope operates two residential learning facilities for orphaned and vulnerable children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest urban area. The organization currently provides housing and basic necessities for nineteen children and teenagers, while enrolling them into local schools. In addition, House of Blue Hope supports the children’s development with extra academic, athletic, social, and spiritual programming at the main house.

During my time in Tanzania, I will spend a few days at the House of Blue Hope, working with the kids and assisting with some basic home repairs, including a new paint job for the facility. I will also spend five days climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 19,340 feet is the highest point on the African continent! Although I know this will be a great personal experience, I will be making the journey to raise awareness for the lack of  education accessible to the underprivileged children of Tanzania, and to raise money for the great work that the House of Blue Hope does to help address this issue.

I am hoping that you can help me in this effort. Please consider sponsoring my climb with a donation to the House of Blue Hope.  Your contribution, whatever amount, will have a significant impact on the organization’s mission to help children “overcome poverty through education.” Your donation will support current operations and could also enable House of Blue Hope to assist more kids. In Tanzania, it is estimated that only 25 -30% of children attend high school. Since the organization’s founding, all of the children at the House of Blue Hope have been enrolled in some of the country’s best schools, and the five oldest students all graduated high school last year!

Whether or not you are able to make a financial donation at this time, please send me a line or two of encouragement which I will take with me on my climb. When I need motivation to keep going, I will draw from my notes of encouragement to keep me going!

I sincerely thank you in advance for your consideration to support this endeavor. By contributing, you will be giving the children of the House of Blue Hope brighter futures. Please spread the word to friends and family, and please feel free to contact me with any questions about our trip or about the House of Blue Hope. You will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers during my time in Tanzania. I look forward to telling you the stories upon my return!

Support Michelle in her efforts here and join us in wishing her the best of luck in her endeavor to climb the tallest mountain in Africa!

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