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.
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 44 girls, with a separate kitchen shed, shower/laundry building, and latrine. We are accepting more orphans as funding permits.
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.
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
Minnesota meets Uganda, 2012 -- Front: Yusuf Shalita, Aine Abel (UG BH director), Esther Garubanda; Back: Jerry Roeller, Tim Krohn, Karen Lilley, John Wathum-Ocama, Birdie Carter, Josh Garubanda, Carol Roeller
United States Board of Directors
Karen Lilley, Interim President
Dr. John Wathum-Ocama, Secretary & Uganda Relations
Esther Garubanda, Vice President
Brenda Hansen, Treasurer
Yusuf (Joe) Shalita
Birdie Hix Carter
Resources, Advisors and Consultants
Duke Addicks, Legal Advisor
Rev. Blair Pogue, St. Matthew's Rector
Arlene West, Graphic Designer
Dr. Rosa Uy
Ugandan Board of Directors
Bagirobwira William, Chairperson
Rwebembera Stephen, Treasurer/ Chair, Human resource committee