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Dr. John Chacha

Founder, City of Hope

The vision of the City of Hope began with our founder, Dr. John N. Chacha, and his passion for raising up Godly leaders. Born and raised in Tanzania, poverty was prevalent all around him and he yearned for something more. In 1979, Dr. Chacha received a sponsorship to go to the United States for Bible School. After completing Bible School and college, he went back to Kenya and Tanzania to seek the Lord and there he received a vision for the next phase of ministry. He returned to North America at the end of 1985 and married his college friend, Regina Horst, in March 1986. They immediately founded Teamwork Ministries International, Inc. to address the needs he saw in the church back in East Africa. Teamwork Ministries was built on Dr. Chacha’s desire to help Christians grow in their leadership and walk with God.  Over the past 25+ years, Teamwork has established hundreds of Bible Schools, created cutting-edge curriculum, and published and distributed 20 of Dr. Chacha’s books.  Dr. Chacha’s dynamic teaching, writing and preaching has empowered leaders around the world as he traveled to over 20 countries.

Although Dr. Chacha had great impact in his ministry, he felt there was an opportunity to make a greater impact by investing in the next generation of leaders. In 2007, he received a call to help the people in his home village of Ntagacha, Tanzania. His love for the children became all-consuming as he made it his mission to pour his life into giving back to the people in his community. He brought City of Hope in a short time to include a children’s home serving 110 orphans, Destiny Primary School and Amani Medical Center. 

City of Hope has been honored for it's impact in bringing peace to an area known for clan violence and cattle theft. In 2009, then current president of Tanzania, Kikwete honored City of Hope with a personal visit and later that year sent the Mwenge (Freedom Torch) for a great celebration.  Again in 2012, the Mwenge and delegation was sent to honor our continued progress in agriculture and water collection through cisterns.  In 2017, we received this honor for the third time to recognize our strides in secondary education, particularly our chemistry and biology lab facilities.

On April 16, 2015, while traveling to enroll City of Hope's top student in one of the best secondary schools the truck in which they were traveling veered off the road and plunged into the Sondu River.  His daughter and the driver were rescued, but Dr. Chacha and the student, Dorcas Huran, died. Thousands attended the memorials held in the USA, Kenya and City of Hope in Tanzania where he was laid to rest. Although he is gone, his influence and impact on the lives of the children at City of Hope and countless thousands around the world will never be forgotten.   

Building a secondary school was the next part of Dr. Chacha’s vision.  In reflecting on this, shortly after his passing, the family and board of directors decided to name the secondary school in his honor--the Dr. John Chacha Secondary School and Institute of Leadership. From the original sharing of the vision at the memorials until the groundbreaking one year later, we are pleased that the School opened in January 2017. 

City of Hope is moving forward and impacting more people under the leadership of Regina Chacha, his wife, who is now the international executive director and Hudson Mahare, the country (Tanzania) executive director.  

And our story continues ...

Video: The City of Hope Story