About Blue House Uganda
Blue House Uganda, sponsored by Hope Multipurpose, Inc. (HMI), is a small orphanage in rural Uganda, Africa. The orphans and vulnerable children, currently all girls, live in a safe family-like home with nutritious food, clothing, health care, mentoring, and support for education.
Blue House Uganda has expanded its mission to also support vocational or university education for Blue House girls who have successfully finished their public education, and schooling for select orphans who live safely with relatives. Blue House Uganda also has a vocational sewing school open to students from the local community.
HMI is a 501(c)(3) charity based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a nonprofit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda, governed by Boards of Directors in both countries. Currently, Blue House Uganda is HMI's only project. The only paid staff is in Uganda providing direct care for the children and the Blue House. All other work is done by volunteers.
The late Beatrice Garubanda, a Ugandan-American, founded HMI in 2003. In 2004 she converted an abandoned store into a home for 12 desperate children in her home town of Kazo, Uganda. She also secured 9 acres of land for future expansion and to help address the needs of orphans and the community.
On that land in 2009, HMI built a new Blue House dormitory for up to 40 girls, with separate out buildings. We are accepting more orphans as funding permits. The staff and girls grow some of their own food on the grounds. A sewing school and poultry and piggery buildings have also been added, for income-generating projects.
We seek to help the children grow in self esteem and self sufficiency and to develop a sense of family, community and purpose. The girls are encouraged to retain ties with extended family, stay in school and plan for independent living as they become adults.
HMI’s vision is to be a “multipurpose” organization for many of the more than 200 orphans in the community of Kazo, to empower women and children living in poverty, and to help them prepare for a healthy and secure future.
Blue House Uganda seeks to partner with others in both the US and Uganda – communities of faith, agencies, foundations, businesses, governments and individuals – to accomplish its goals.
Governed by cooperating boards in both the US and Uganda
United States Board of Directors