Creating a childhood and opportunity for orphans in rural Uganda
Hope Multipurpose, Inc. (HMI) sponsors a small orphanage, the Blue House, in 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. HMI 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. The Blue House also has a vocational sewing school open to students from the community and beyond.
The late Beatrice Garubanda, a Ugandan-American,founded HMI in 2003 and in 2004 she converted an abandoned store into a home for 12 desperate children in her hometown of Kazo. 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 a separate kitchen shed, shower/laundry building, and latrine. We are accepting more orphans as funding permits. The sewing school and a poultry building have also been added on the grounds, for income-generating projects.
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, the Blue House in Kazo is HMI's only project. All paid staff are in Uganda. All US board members are volunteers, with no paid staff or office.
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 help many of the more than 200 orphans from the area, and to be a “multipurpose” organization that will also benefit women and children in the community of Kazo. We want to empower girls and women living in poverty and help them prepare for a healthy and secure future.
Hope Multipurpose seeks to educate and partner with others in both the US and Uganda – communities of faith, agencies, foundations, businesses, governments and individuals – to accomplish its goals.
HMI is governed by cooperating boards in both countries
United States Board of Directors
Marilyn Grantham, Chair, Fundraising/Outreach Committee
Brenda Hansen, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee