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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Agricultural Programs, Economic Development, Education, Food, International, International Agricultural Development, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Universities

Mission: Educate Tanzania brings education, water and health to the neediest parts of the world. We partner with the most effective institutions, businesses, agencies and other groups in order to do so.

Results: Amazing milestones! Tanzanians have the deed for the 1,000 campus. MSAADA Architects developed the campus site plan and building renderings. Groundbreaking in 2012. Academic zone includes ten structures built through collaborative efforts by ETI and global partners in Tanzania, Sweden, and Germany. A rigorous 4-year, hands-on college curriculum is built by College of Ag (University of Minnesota); EARTH University (Costa Rica) with local Tanzanian expertise. Water harvesting systems are designed and built. Opening is scheduled for October, 2016.

Target demographics: 332,000 people

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 young women and 50 young men as KARUCO's first students; and 720 local farmers through Community Engagement.

Geographic areas served: Karagwe, Tanzania - an often neglected area of rural Africa

Programs: Agribusiness through KARUCO - Karagwe University College. We partner with Tanzanians to alleviate poverty through a hands-on program in education and business.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Educate Tanzania for the past two years, and I am continually shocked by how much they achieve with such a small budget and a small staff. Having been a part of other non-profits in the past, the dedication, energy, and drive the ETI team brings each and every day has far exceeded anything I have ever seen. This non-profit is seeking to achieve a final outcome that is both critical to Tanzania and the region as well as extremely difficult. All of their energies are moving in the right direction, and they are making great strides at seeing their vision through. The leadership, thoughtfulness, and detailed plan are all working to make the Karagwe University College a reality.

Lynn86

Donor

Rating: 5

ETI is a valuable investment. To be a part of an organization that has
researched and teamed with professionals in Tanzania for over 7 years and
now is on the brink of opening a school for women is absolutely thrilling.
To be able to be a small part of ETI which creates a future combining not
going hungry or thirsty while pursuing an education is thrilling. Yes, I
can only participate at a seemingly small level. Yes, I consider it a
privilege and do not minimize what I can do nor neglect the
responsibility. I am watching with great anticipation to see the fruits of
this labor of love, diligence and prayer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is everything it needs to be. Educate Tanzania involves local Tanzanian partners and global partners who work along side non-profit leadership to enhance the vision, expertise and resources for building KARUCO. Educate Tanzania prioritizes involving farmers and women (who are often left out of the picture) to help make valid cultural decisions for Agri-business in their communities. Progress seems almost miraculous as they offer Education and Agri-business to a people they have an undying passion for.
Educate Tanzania has very impressive, committed leadership in Steve and Dr. Jan Hansen who work tirelessly to not only promote their vision, but are actually on the ground involved and committed to seeing vision become reality.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a science teacher from Crosby-Ironton high school and I advise a group of high school students in a group called service adventure leadership team. I met Jan from educate Tanzania through a friend and I instantly wanted to get involved and help. Jan took the drive to Crosby to share what Educate Tanzania was doing and then my students wanted to help too. Jan taught my students so much and we ended up deciding to make 80 health kits that were brought to Tanzania in May by a team from Educate Tanzania. Once the health kits were delivered we received pictures of the families in Tanzania who received the kits. My students had tears in their eyes when they saw the pictures and how their hard work of collecting supplies at school and fundraising to buy the rest of the supplies impacted the lives of others. These students' lives and those in Tanzania that received the kits will forever be changed.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a great gift to find a non-profit that not only has a solid mission and is fiscally responsible, but also has visionary leadership that is capable, humble and motivated purely to help those less fortunate. Educate Tanzania embodies all the above. It has been a privilege to watch results unfold that are making a meaningful difference for the people of one of the poorest areas in Tanzania.

With Dr. Jan Hansen leading the way, ETI identified the need to offer a university education in agriculture in Karagwe so local people could stay in the area to learn and implement farming and business methods to impact the local economy and quality of life. ETI worked with Tanzanian partners to do the tough work of getting KARUCO ‘s initial buildings constructed, and since other international partners have joined the cause. This fall the first phase of the vision is realized as KARUCO opens its academic doors, but ETI is already well on the way to develop a second phase in building economic prosperity to the area by designing Opportunity Centers where graduates will be supported as they hone their newly acquired education into successful businesses and farms.

ETI has sought out the best advice and partners while deeply respecting the knowledge and needs of the people of Tanzania in a way that is beautiful and fruitful, and they have done it all on a shoestring budget. I can’t recommend any organization more highly. ETI rises to the top of non-profits in every category and Dr. Hansen and the Board of Directors should be lauded!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Now and then you find a non-for-profit organization that has taken time to gather all the collective wisdom available before stepping out to tackle a problem and the result is special indeed. Educate Tanzania, with Dr. Jan Hansen at the helm, is an example of such thoughtful and deliberate strategy and the people of Karagwe, Tanzania, as well as all of us who stand on the sidelines and cheer, are amazingly blessed to see what is unfolding.

ETI exists because one person saw a need and felt a strong call to respond and use her gifts to create a solution. The university being built is "owned" by the people of Karagwe, by the Tanzania government, by African church organizations and local specialists in agriculture and education. Expert agriculturists from the University of MN as well as EARTH University in Costa Rica partner to advise and develop systems and curriculum that fully take into account the unique environmental conditions of Tanzania .

From top to bottom, ETI targets every penny to achieve successful outcomes. This is the type of NGO we all love to give to - with a BARE (very bare) minimum of administrative and marketing expenses, the full impact of our gifts go to make positive change for the women of Tanzania and ultimately the entire country. Follow ETI's progress on www.educatetanzania.org - see for yourself!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is one of the most incredible and inspiring non profits. Jan and her team have committed themselves to educating the people in Karagwe Tanzania. Her team and many volunteers have joined together to build a University that will be opening this fall! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to attend the grand opening and meet many of the wonderful Tanzanians who I have held in my prayers for years! Their dreams of obtaining an education are now possible thanks for Jan and all of the men and women at ETI!

Congratulations!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel fortunate and as if I am truly making a difference with my donations to Educate Tanzania. I've volunteered, worked for and donated to many charitable organizations over the years and I believe that ETI spends its donors' generous funds on life-changing programming with minimal administrative overhead. The Board, Executive Director and everyone involved truly have the mission at heart in everything that they do.

4 Char S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Four decades ago I went to college with Jan, the incredible woman who started this nonprofit. She has inspired so many people throughout her career, but the last seven years when she has devoted her life to this nonprofit has been incredible. She met the people in Tanzania through her career, but the seed that was planted in her heart to help offer them a better life compelled her to give up her career and work full time on this non'profit. Who does that??? Jan!

I have supported this nonprofit from the beginning, but every year I have become more and more involved. I am a high school teacher and last year I asked Jan to come speak to a group of Service-related students at my school. They unanimously chose Educate Tanzania as the nonprofit they wanted to support for the school year 2016-17. They had decided previously that they wanted to do a project that was health related. Jan not only works toward the building and opening of a University in Tanzania, but also the health and welfare of the community. She was aware there was a need for first aid kits, so my school put together 80 gallon size first aid kits to be delivered to the women of the community. The pictures below show the group of students and teachers the day we assembled the kits and the next picture is a couple months later when the kits were delivered to the women in Tanzania. This project was a wonderful project for my students - they actually got to see pictures of the people they helped. It meant so much to them.

I will be attending the opening of Karuco University near Kawagwe, Tanzania October 29th of this year. It has been an amazing journey being a part of a dream that is so big and so life changing. Educate Tanzania is making MANY dreams come true for a very colorful, beautiful group of people who did not have any possibilities of going to college and working to improve their agriculture and way of life. Now they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a volunteer for Educate Tanzania. I am a math teacher in northern Minnesota so I am well aware of the effect a good education has on the lives of young people. We are so privileged to have this opportunity to help the youth of Tanzania have higher education in their own back yard. I love to hear the stories of the people in these communities who long for more education opportunities and then hear the progress of this university which will be opening October, 2016. To be a part of ETI is an amazing feeling!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ETI is very thoughtful in its approach to building a college and collaborating to provide other resources desired by the local community. A mix of expertise in evaluation, curriculum, and community development paired with local leaders and lived experiences help ETI fulfill its mission in a more authentic way. Donations to ETI provide long term support to a community that can be transformed by education and training.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETI is doing profoundly meaningful work by partnering with the local community in Karagwe, Tanzania to provide the education and educational resources necessary that will help the local farming communities provide for themselves a sustainable and environmentally-responsible economy. ETI's leadership, selfless dedication, and ability to attract partnerships with the best and most appropriate professionals and volunteers helps define them as a 5-star nonprofit organization.

It is truly amazing to see how thoughtfully and quickly Jan Bergquist Hansen has made KARUCO a reality with her ETI organization. I was at the KARUCO site in Karagwe, Tanzania 6 1/2 years ago when there were no buildings and many questions to be answered - and now the grand opening is less than three months away! Campus buildings - including Vision Library with 18,000 books (so far), water harvest and storage systems, electricity, a well, housing, curriculum, technology and more, are all in place and ready to welcome the first students this fall. Hongera KARUCO!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is a great organization stemming from a great vision. The inclusion of so many local partners in Tanzania, the collaboration of so many partners within the US as advisors and experts and from other places globally to provide input on best practices, and the dedication of the leaders and volunteers of this organization are outstanding and provide a model for what many other organizations should be doing. What began as a vision and a passion has progressed into an educational institution that will empower people and change lives. Educate Tanzania is an organization worth supporting!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently became involved with Educate Tanzania, and am proud to be a supporter of such an amazing group.

From bringing clean water to Karagwe and its residents, to encouraging economic prosperity within Tanzania through education, this group of amazing people are genuinely helping the rural areas within the country.

With 90%+ of all donations going directly to support the goals and initiatives of ETI, it is exciting to know that the first college in Karagwe will be opening this fall. This would not have been possible without the volunteers and donations raised to supply books and much needed resources to the community.

With the college opening there is still work to be done. As they continue to move forward HUBS (where KARUCO grads can apply what they have learned and where local farmers can improve farm practices) are in the future for this great NGO.

I will continue to support ETI and hope that you can see what the future holds for the people of Tanzania through this amazing organization .

Dawn H.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Supporting Educate Tanzania is an excellent decision. It always impresses me how much they have accomplished with such a huge amount of progress in such a short period of time.They utilize their resources and make large impacts. They are truly partners with their Tanzanian community working together and listening to the needs of the people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer intern at Educate Tanzania. ETI is committed to increasing access to education and creating opportunities for students and community members in Karagwe. ETI communicates and works with the local community to understand what they need and listen to their ideas. This approach has fostered a sense of trust among ETI, it’s partners, and people in Tanzania, creating a team of people who work together to achieve their goals.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

People are inundated with requests for donations and want their dollars to go to things that matter. ETI does things that matter. Some can hardly believe what ETI, its donors and partners have accomplished together. It is a privilege to have co-founded and now lead an organization that collaborates with others globally who help developing communities in Tanzania and enjoy such rich relationships along the way. ETI takes stewardship to a whole new level as it brings water, nutrition, health and education to developing parts of the world. We are fun, connected and effective and love what we do. Join us!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jan and Steve Hansen have assembled a top-notch group of dedicated people to partner together for the greater good of the Karagwe community. Educate Tanzania is an organization I'm proud to support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ETI IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS! The work this group has completed and continued to drive for the betterment of an entire country is beyond inspiring.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is what happens when great people unite around a meaningful cause for the right reasons! ETI operates the way we want all non-profits to operate, not just from a basic business standpoint, but also for how and who they serve. Find a way to support this cause; join the prayer chain, donate or raise money to support the projects, or donate your own time/talents!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania continues to do amazing work, without sacrificing the integrity of the cause or their methods. It's great to see the progress from the past year - collection of baseline data from Karagwe, buildings going in, water tanks ready to go, and a date for classes to begin. Keep up the good work, all! Can't wait to see what the next year holds!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even though Educate Tanzania, Inc. is a relatively new NGO in Minnesota, they are doing big things. The initiatives that started the NGO came from the people in Karagwe, which is more than most development initiatives can say, and tremendously exciting. This makes it that much more likely to succeed in the future - KARUCO will be a reality!
CEO Jan Hansen and her board work tirelessly for this organization; their passion for the cause is overwhelming, and their enthusiasm for ETI is truly contagious.
Definitely an outstanding NGO!

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Advisor

Rating: 4

I am Titus Thobias Itegereize a member of the KARUCO Taskforce. I am impressed ET in Karagwe, Tanzania is working for the rural poor remotely situated in areas of marginalized groups of farmers.ET initiatives meets millennium goals of educating the poor to meet their basic needs now and the future

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania (ETI) is truly making a impact by changing lives and transforming communities through Water, Food, Health and Education. ETI has accomplished so much in such little time. I am very hopeful for the future of ETI and the communities that will benefit from their work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is one of only a handful of organizations that I know of which can boast that over 90% of its donations go towards its programs and goals. It is hard to find programs as efficient and trustworthy with donor's money as Educate Tanzania is.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is a fantastic organization which is run only by volunteers. 100% of their time is donated, meaning all donations we receive go towards our goal of building an agricultural university in Tanzania. In spite of the volunteer-only organization, the Educate Tanzania team is able to earn accreditation by both Guidestar and the Charities Council Review. It is a well-run organization which is motivated to meet the goals Tanzanians put forth.

Educate Tanzania's goal is the epitome of the old maxim "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." It is an organization born out of the needs the community of Karagwe, Tanzania which were communicated to Educate Tanzania volunteers on a water resources assessment trip in 2008.