Kili Climbers Profile: Scott Sadowski

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 fourth climber, Scott Sadowski:

As you may recall, my initial awareness and fundraising campaign “Climbing Kili for Kids” was in 2007 when I traveled to our future home site in Dar es Salaam and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro which is Africa’s highest peak at 19,340 feet.  As the organization’s CFO, we have raised over $100,000 since the 2007 appeal, we have grown from supporting 4 children to 19 children annually, and we run an annual operating budget close to $30,000.  Every incremental $1,000 supports an additional child for an entire year: housing, food, clothing, school supplies, and school fees. It is my job to take our financial resources and stretch them to positively impact many children’s lives in Tanzania.

During my time in Tanzania this August, I will spend my days at the House of Blue Hope, meeting with the kids and TZ staff and then assisting with some basic home repairs including a new paint job for the facility.  Although I know this will be a great personal experience, I will be making the journey with 4 US volunteers in order to raise awareness for the lack of education accessible to the underprivileged children of Tanzania, and to raise money for our great work we do to help address this “access to education” issue at a grassroots level.

Specifically, we are targeting a fundraising goal of $25,000 to expand our existing home site with the construction of a second floor, which would increase our bed capacity by an additional 12-16 children. I am hoping that you can help me in this fundraising effort. Please consider sponsoring my Tanzanian journey with a donation to the House of Blue Hope. Your contribution will have a significant impact on the organization’s mission to help children “overcome poverty through education.” 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 the country’s best schools, and the 5 oldest students all graduated high school last year.

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 and helping us expand our ability to make an impact in one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Please spread the word to friends and family, and please feel free to contact me with any questions about my trip or about the House of Blue Hope.

Support Scott in his efforts here and join us in wishing him the best of luck in his endeavor to climb the tallest mountain in Africa!

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