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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 partners with developing communities to promote and sustain economic and social prosperity through education.

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. KARUCO was dedicated and inaugurated on October 29, 2017 and opened October, 2018.

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

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a supporter, donor and consultant with Educate Tanzania, Inc and through all three levels of experience with this organization have found the staff, Board and work to be organized, thoughtful and with an intense focus on program delivery. I'm thrilled and honored to have found this unique and special organization and to support the work done on the ground and in partnership and with leadership from local communities in Tanzania.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud of ETI for the work we do. We follow the leadership of the Tanzanians to bring resources to help them realize their dreams and goals.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be a part of ETI vicariously. I am not able to attend many events, or go to Karuco but do not use that as an excuse to hold back involvement. ETI's passion to see opportunity for men and women materialize drives the work we know goes on behind the scenes, as well as what we DO see: the buildings, the tractor (!), the agriculture projects, the classes, the drone, the teachers, the PEOPLE. Years of planning and working hard have allowed us to see what a big God with faithful people on the ground can accomplish. This partnership is imperative.
A visual of ETI is similar to constructing a ship while it is already on the water, and ETI is staying afloat while building. Strong leadership is committed to ETI's vision and goals. Strong, dedicated leadership is steering ETI in the right direction. All aboard!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETI is an excellent organization committed to education in a region, and of a group of people, who deserve the best. I am a supporter because the cause is important, the comprehensive approach is appropriate and supported by local residents, and the leadership is outstanding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been to Tanzania and witnessed ETI's work first hand. They accomplish what they say they will do and their accountability is top notch.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When we first went to Karagwe Tanzania in 2003 on a mission trip, we were totally inspired by the people and their dedication to the education of their youth, to help lift them from poverty and create a better life for people in the region. Then along came Jan and Steve Hansen from Chaska, MN, who shared a vision with Bishop Benson Bagonza of the Lutheran Church in Karagwe, Tanzania, to build a college. A university for this remote rural region of the country, to offer a curriculum of agriculture, business, health care, and much more. We know for a fact that the funds raised by Educate Tanzania go directly to the KARUCO college for classrooms, dormitories, student assistance and for faculty support and training. Educate Tanzania is instrumental in bringing collaboration with the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota to provide excellent resources for the faculty of KARUCO. We are totally impressed with the Educate Tanzania organization, their mission, goals, and integrity. We have the greatest confidence that our charitable donations to Educate Tanzania are having a most successful direct impact on the education and economic development in Karagwe, TZ. Mel and Leann Breed, Eau Claire, WI

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Jan & Steve and their faith based commitment to family and community before they started ETI. The story of how ETI came about and the progress and impact it has made in the Karague area of Tanzania is amazing. ETI is a great example of first understanding what the people of Tanzania wanted and needed and then bringing a variety of resources to make a real difference in their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania was brought to my attention a few years ago through a family friend who attended the same Bible study as Jan. At that point I knew nothing about ETI, but Jan, being Jan, took me under her wing and made me feel like part of the ETI family. I have done a lot of volunteering in my life and when you find an organization that puts the needs of the community in which you are working in and sustainability of projects first, you know they are passionate, inspired and motivated for the advancement of the people, students and community involved. ETI takes the saying, "It takes a village," and truly lives it. The Board members work tirelessly on their end to fulfill their role, as do the donors, as do the 18 students studying in Tanzania right now. It would not be possible if we lost one member of the team. Therefore, I am committed to continue to volunteer for ETI and spread awareness of the great things it is doing throughout our nation, and world, for that matter, and to continue to watch the students of KARUCO succeed beyond their expectations and be provided with material they never thought imaginable. Go ETI Go!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ETI is a non-profit that can be described by words such as:
- integrity: ETI does what it sets out to do
- honor: the Tanzanian people in the communities served by ETI lead the focus of the efforts,
- collaborative: ETI brings in partners in all phases of the work to provide abundances to the various components to achieve the mission.

These foundational values are what has made ETI a top 1% of non-profits in the past, and what will continue to drive ETI's vision into the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Strongly believing that education and teaching skills appropriate for the area one lives, we have been supporting ETI from the beginning as it has developed a college campus and curriculum focused on agrarian skills/commerce for this needy area of Tanzania. They are now developing resource centers about the area that brings the skills and product into the community.
David Willey, MD. Director, Shakopee and Mystic Lake Clinics

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My connection with Educate Tanzania came through Jan Hansen. I was so impressed by Jan and her ability to connect with people, along with sharing the vision for Educate Tanzania straight from her heart. It is so impressive to see a group of volunteers pouring their hearts and time into this organization to see community transformation happen. They work with various groups- churches, schools, businesses.
Go Jan and the team!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is sheer privilege to lead Educate Tanzania. I am consistently amazed at the impact of our professional partners. I am proud of our successes with KARUCO and can hardly wait to see what happens as the Rural Opportunity Centers (ROCs) unfold.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ETI understands the phrase "Nothing About Me, Without Me." They learn from community, partner with stakeholders and collaboratively plan ways to increase tangible and meaningful outcomes for all involved.

To witness what ETI and partners have achieved in so little time, is to know that this organization is blessed and guided by strong leadership at every level. I am proud to be one of many who supports this work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a supporter, donor and consultant with Educate Tanzania, Inc and through all three levels of experience with this organization have found the staff, Board and work to be organized, thoughtful and with an intense focus on program delivery. I'm thrilled and honored to have found this unique and special organization and to support the work done on the ground and in partnership and with leadership from local communities in Tanzania.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ETI is such an amazing organization. They have helped so many people and I am lucky enough to be able to help with that in a small way. I have volunteered a few times for some of their benefits and everyone involved is so committed to their cause. The events are always so inspiring because they are able to accomplish so much with what they have and we are all able to see and hear about the details of that. ETI is far and beyond the most incredible non-profit that I have heard of or been involved in and I couldn't say enough good things about them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Who would have thought that so few people could make such a huge difference in people's lives as has ETI done for our friends in Karagwe, Tanzania. Through hard work, dedication, a steadfast helping attitude and just plain love for our fellows in Africa, ETI has helped build a university, bring hope and now, bring businesses to help people out of poverty. But, the surprise to me, is how much our African friends have helped ME. How their patience, love, joy and perseverance have shown me that even though we don't approach problems in the same way, we all share in a the common belief that all of us should have ample food, shelter and a future. It's a blessing to be part of this huge story that continues to unfold.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania fills a critical role in providing education, opportunities and hope to rural communities in Karagwe, Tanzania. Having worked in international development throughout my career, I've seen numerous organizations attempt to solve the difficult challenges throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Educate Tanzania uniquely addresses these challenges by focusing on the local community first. By mobilizing local resources, backed by charitable funds raised globally, Educate Tanzania brings significant change.

I first learned about Educate Tanzania's several years ago, I was immediately drawn to the organization's credo. As a "solutions-focused" organization, Educate Tanzania has delivered on its promise by developing educational facilities and helping build communities. Its role in developing the community is highly commendable and unique among the organizations I have seen first hand.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jan and Steve are doing a fantastic job and we wish them all the best. They are very transparent and detail oriented.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

My name is Benson Bagonza from Karagwe. My community is not only the recipient from ETI; it is an active partner of ETI. The timeliness of ETI and visionary leadership of its president and the board, steers ETI to deliver the expected results. It is both local and global and it is indeed focused and result based organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ETI as non profit organization is one of the partner that is doing a lot for ELCT/ Karagwe Diocese as they have been supporting a lot of projects that have helped to full fill ELCT/Karagwe Diocese's vision of developing people holistically. They are really doing great. May the living God bless them abundantly

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to ETI a handful of times over the last few years. Few other non-profits I have researched or donated to seem so focused on directly improving the lives and communities of those they serve. There is a human face to ETI that is extraordinary and inspiring.

As a donor I have found that ETI balances timely and detailed updates on the progress of their work while not being overbearing. They have delivered on their promises, achieved their goals and continue to strive for more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a small part of what you and your team are doing in Tanzania! I also really love how the donations are used well to teach the people how to do better for themselves. It's not a hand-out, it's a hand-up that will improve their whole village for generations to come!
Well done, good and faithful servants.