My name is Hassan John Mosoka. For the past 13 years I have been serving the Lord through the church in Tanzania through mission work, planning and development, and through my role as a youth coordinator. I currently live in Dayton, Ohio with my wife an son, and I earned my master’s degree at Bluffton University. I was born in a rural area, at the bank of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania East Africa. I come from a family of eight children, consisting of myself and seven step-brothers and sisters. I was born and raised in the villages of Bwitengi and Miseke.
Today I find myself transplanted from Tanzania to one of the most the developed nations in the world. The contrast of lifestyles is stark, but it also illuminates the challenges facing my people in Tanzania. Where I come from there are no utilities. No water and sewer, and no electricity or gas. To get water for cooking and cleaning, we walk 30 minutes to the nearest stream (60 minutes during the dry season). The villages I’m from mostly consist of grass huts and a few clay brick buildings. There are no supermarkets and no balanced diet. We eat whatever we can afford. The main staple in my village is a polenta-like dish made from cornmeal and water.
Despite those setbacks, the main hardship of the Tanzanian people is the absence of good healthcare. In America, expectant mothers don’t have to worry about access to a clean delivery room. Parents don’t have to worry about their children dying from malaria. In Miseke, many die on the long journey to the nearest clinic. Others die from malaria, which is still the number one killer in Tanzania. Most of the deaths can be prevented through access to basic medical care. This is why I long to build a medical clinic in Miseke. This is the reason the Lord has blessed me, and has brought me to America.
I should also add that a clinic in Miseke will benefit surrounding villages as well. I dream of a transformed region for my people and my neighbors. I dream of my people having access to basic medical treatment, where women can deliver their babies safely, and where malaria is a thing of the past. American dollars can buy much more in Tanzania than they can here. There is tremendous leverage and power in American dollars spent in Tanzania. It doesn’t take much. Through a few dollars, we can build a medical clinic. Imagine it. In a very real, direct, and effective way, you can build a clinic. That clinic will affect untold numbers of people today and for generations to come. Your dollars have the power to fundamentally alter thousands upon thousands of lives. That is what makes it all so exciting! That is the power of the Jamii Project. I ask you to please give from your heart. Through your generosity you can bring meaning and hope to the people of Miseke who are living in extreme poverty.
Thank you and may Lord bless you!
Hassan John Mosoka