A major milestone was reached in December 2015 with the completion of our 100th House for Health. The house was built in honor of the former CEO of Alegent Health Mr C.J.Marr in recognition of his initiation and support for our efforts in Tanzania. We all join the Mlay family in saying “Thanks C.J.!”
In the Houses for Health program each house sponsor gets a chance to learn about and see pictures of the recipient family and of the old and new houses. This is nice but there is nothing like a personal visit where you actually get to meet the people receiving a home. Africa may seem long way away, but an amazing number of people have visited and been able to actually meet, touch, and even hug the family they are helping . It is a powerful experience for all concerned. A group from Our Redeemer Lutheran in Helena Montana USA recently toured Tanzania and a special moment was when they visited the Ndosi family to see the new house that was build by the MacMillan family of Our Redeemer. Karibuni! Welcome to you all!
In 2010 Ralph Barclay met with his pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in the American farming community of Wayne, Nebraska. His words were something like this: “Pastor, I have long been a member here but mostly I have been taking. Now is time for me to give back. I don’t have big resources myself, but with your approval I would like to invest my time in talking with other members to see if we could gather funds to build one of two of these house in Tanzania.” Pastor Bob Oleson said great, and Ralph went to work. By May of 2011 the members of Our Saviors had given enough to build not one or two but 7 Houses for health. But they were not done. In 2012 they added two more and in early 2013 the 10th our savior house is being built. Thank you Our Saviors Lutheran Church and thank you Ralph Barclay!!
When we built those first few houses back in 2008 we had no idea we were starting a program. Even when we formalized Houses for Health as a partnership program of Alegent Health and the Nebraska Synod – ELCA we had no idea how much the program would steadily grow. We never would have dared to think that we would ever build more than a few houses a year….and yet here we are with our 50th house finished and more in the works . . Dare we hope to one day reach 100? Or is that even thinking too small? Great thanks go to all individuals, families & friends, businesses, church groups, and others who have been supporting this effort.
House # 50 goes to the family of Eonike Urasa and her children in the Machame subvillage of Nkuu. Maybe it is fitting that the donor for this home is the President and CEO of Alegent Health: Mr Richard Hachten and his wife Jeanine. Thank you Rick for being so supportive of Alegent’s involvement in Tanzania these past 11 years!
Thanks so much Michael for your efforts and putting up with me. Love, your Dad.