Voices from Tanzania
Yusuph Masanja is currently a national volunteer at Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and a college student of Business Management. Prior to becoming a national volunteer of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots at Azania Secondary School, he founded a student organization focused on environmental awareness and service to Tanzanians living with HIV/AIDS. He partnered his group with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, which is comprised of a global network of youth advocates for social change. Apart from this, he also volunteered as a peer educator for students in orphanage houses.
In the past, he has worked with various youth organization such as Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Joint Environmental Techniques (JET) and hosted workshops promoting peace and good governance through partnerships with faith communities. Since 2007, he has been working each weekend as a psychosocial care supporter with the DarDar Pediatric Program, Tanzania’s first comprehensive pediatric HIV clinic. The clinic is a joint project of Muhimbili University and Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. His motivation in life is always carried with the philosophy that “If you work hard and follow your dreams, you will attain what you dream for and don’t give an empty hand to the needier.”