Posts made in May, 2013

Daniel’s Story Part 2 – The Road from Tanzania to the USA!

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Daniel's stories, Written by Daniel | 0 comments

As a young man, Daniel felt a deep obligation to help his mother and father who were continuing to struggle in the Toloha village in Tanzania.  After Daniel completed his secondary education, his brother encouraged him to pursue a job and send money home rather than returning to the village.  Daniel started working at Mkwaja Ranch for a prominent British family and quickly earned the respect of his boss. Daniel was a valued and trusted employee and was promoted and transferred several times.     During that time, some of Daniel’s friends decided to apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery.  The Diversity Visa Lottery is a program sponsored through the US Government, which offers 55,000 permanent residence US visas yearly to individuals from countries with low US immigration.  Daniel did not know much about the program but filled out the application along with his friends and sent it in with no real hope of anything more.  Over a year later Daniel received a very large packet in the mail from the New Hampshire Visa Center.  Daniel immediately opened it and tried to read it but he had very poor English so he was not able to understand it.  A friend read it to him and he realized it was a chance to go to the USA! Even with this amazing opportunity before him, the requirements for a visa still seemed impossible for Daniel. His friends did not think he was going to be able to make it happen. And he didn’t – God did! There were visa fees, a medical exam and a large sum of money that had to be paid in order for him to attain the visa. The other option was to find a sponsor – someone in the USA to agree to help him financially if needed. Daniel did not know anyone in the USA.  He tried desperately to locate a sponsor but he had no contacts in the USA to aide him.  It was discouraging, but he just could not let himself give up.  With the visa application deadline only a few months away, Daniel was in town working when he ran into the brother of his friend Joshua, who Daniel knew in high school. The brother told Daniel that Joshua was in the USA! The brother was in a hurry and quickly wrote down Joshua’s email address for Daniel and then ran off.  The Internet was not available in many places, so while in town, Daniel took the opportunity to send Joshua an email. He told Joshua about his opportunity to come to the USA, but described all the obstacles he was facing – they money it required and leaving his wife and child in Tanzania. Joshua responded and said he would help find a sponsor for Daniel.  Within a few weeks, Joshua had found Daniel a sponsor in the United States! Now the deadline was less than one month away, so Daniel immediately took the completed paperwork and went to the US Embassy.  He didn’t have an appointment, but surprisingly Daniel was allowed to meet with the US consular.  Daniel entered the office, and the consular said, “Are you ready to go to the USA?” Daniel stood in awe as the consular stamped his paperwork and handed them back to Daniel. Daniel’s visa was approved for entry to the USA!  Daniel walked out of the embassy with such excitement and disbelief, and then as he was leaving, he heard orders for everyone to immediately leave the US Embassy. The date was September 11, 2001. Daniel later learned about the attack on twin towers...

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