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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 and from a grassy hill just ten years ago, now stands Karagwe University College of Agriculture. Groundbreaking was in 2012. International partners in Tanzania, the United States, Scandinavia and Europe joined hands to build the university, provide power and water, curricula, farm plots, livestock and much more. KARUCO was dedicated and inaugurated on October 29, 2017 and opened October, 2018. KARUCO students study entrepreneurial methods of farming and are eager to apply the riches of their learning. ETI is expanding to build ROCS - Rural Opportunity Centers which will focus on Food Processing, Farm Implement Rental, a Training Center and an Indoor Market. ROCs will provide a business hub where farmers can sell crops and wares, rent equipment and learn entrepreneurial farm methods at the training center. Increased incomes, new understandings - a hub for entrepreneurship - all lead to improved lives for all 450,000 in Karagwe. Be part of the story.

Target demographics: 332,000 people

Direct beneficiaries per year: 450,000 residents of Karagwe!

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

109 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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the great privilege to pray for ETI for many years. I met Jan in a summer Bible Study several years ago. She would often ask for prayers around the goings on in Tanzania and their work that they were doing there with ETI. Her dependence on the Lord in every aspect of the building of this community has been filled with hope and expectation. It has been such a joy to watch their mission and vision grow and become a reality. To not only "give" to the people of Tanzania, but to educate, support and create sustainability in their lives has been such an amazing process to watch unfold. The only thing bigger than Jan's heart for Tanzania is God's Great and Mighty Hand in it all!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be part of Educate Tanzania since the beginning. This organization follows the lead of the Tanzanian partners and helps find the resources needed to meet the goals of the people of Tanzania. ETI then delivers the resources and stays involved in the implementation- and have been doing this for 11 years. A great group doing great work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I meet Jan several years ago at a Bible Study I just accidental got put into and Jan & I became instant friends. I remember Jan humbly asking the group for a prayer request for a project she was working on. Me, assuming it was just some in-church project she was working on, not realizing it was this massive undertaking she was laying before God and the world. Trusting in God for every detail and person to work together. I know God blesses every person a gift in this life to further his kingdom and to glorify Him. But this project Jan had been given was beyond anything I could understand or even know where to begin. But I have had a front row seat to see God's might hand working through the ETI team from the beginning when it was just bare land to what it is today. I stand back in speechless amazement of how this immense project is coming together and what the future holds for these beautiful people of Tanzania.
In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says ' Truly whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Every person that is part of this project should be telling many to get on board and make a difference in the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in Tanzania. I am so extremely proud and grateful to be a part of this!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization helped change everything for a group of people in Tanzania. I visited Karagwe and saw for myself the transformation and hope of the people there. I can’t say enough about ETI and Tanzanian Partners.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania, Inc is a mission-focused, integrity-based organization that has made and will continue to make a tangible difference in rural Tanzania.

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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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is a privilege and a joy to be associated with ETI. The loyal supporters, the tireless volunteers and the unwavering partners make everything not only worthwhile, but so rewarding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania's programming relies on a local approach--taking their programmatic direction from the effected people they serve in Karagwe, Tanzania. What I appreciate most about this influential organization is that they do not 'helicopter' in and provide 'fixes' that are out of touch with the needs of the community itself. This is a rarity in the nonprofit world, and something for which funders, supporters, and interested parties should take note. This is the way things should be done, and the great impact of the programming can be seen and felt by speaking to the people of Karagwe.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

ETI lives its mission and I couldn't be more honored to be a small part of what this organization has done in Tanzania.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was born in Africa, that part of the world which for a long time evoked images of famine, disease, poverty and war. More than anyone, I can relate to the people of Karagwe because their story is also mine.
The story of young people in the quest of knowledge and a better future.
Educate Tanzania enables this young generation to dream again and also to make their dream come true through education.
Jan is an experienced educator who spent her rich career in the amphitheaters of a handful of well renowned universities in America.
I have been serving in the board of ETI for a little while and I couldn't be more fulfilled because I really feel like I'm part of something bigger than myself.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Pam and I have always tried to find ways to share some of our gifts to do a little good in the world. When this one came across our plate some years ago, we jumped right in. We've been donors ever since.
It began with knowing Jan and Steve. They've been friends a long time. Long enough to have absolute faith and trust in their work. They're just good folks.
That was important at the beginning. But then watching Educate Tanzania grow and develop through the newsletter and blog and even meeting participants at an Annual Dinner kept us involved. We really have a sense that our dollars are helping in that place so far from our home in Sleepy Eye. The staff in Tanzania are working side by side with the local people there, building off strengths that exist in the community, not imposing on them.
We currently have a daughter working for the United Nations in Guatemala. Pam and I would like to take some credit for that, as we've always tried to "think globally." Educate Tanzania is one of several nonprofits we give to trying to act that out.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Jan in Bible Study several years ago, and was instantly fascinated with her vision and mission of Educate Tanzania. You can clearly see God’s covering over this wonderful organization, and the amazing progress they have made over the years. When so many organizations just take care of immediate needs, Educate Tanzania is equipping these wonderful people to learn to independently support their communities for generations to come. Glen and I are thrilled to help support this amazing organization in our small way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve known Jan Hansen for several years now and have been able to observe her level of commitment, professionalism and dedication in and through her leadership role at ETI. She first introduced me to the organization through our summer Bible Study and in prayer requests as she faithfully prayed for ETI and its mission. As I asked to know more, she began to tell me the story and further revealed her commitment and passion to ETI and its track record of improving the circumstances of the underprivileged in Tanzania. It is gratifying to watch ETI’s growth and success and I wholeheartedly endorse them and would refer anyone to become a supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Why I support ETI

Steve and Jan Hansen (president and co-founders of ETI) have been friends of mine since 2001. It was in 2001 that Steve and Jan (with the help of a small team) created and lead a church retreat that I attended as a guest. The retreat made a huge impact on my life. So much so that I became a team member for the next four years. It was an amazing experience to be a part of something so impactful and to see lives changed forever.

For me, being a supporter of ETI is a “no brainer”. Steve and Jan have huge hearts, a sustaining faith, and the desire to empower those in need. They have proven their ability to effectively and efficiently transform nothing into something life-changing, like drilling for water and building cisterns so that all have water in abundance.

When I contribute to ETI, I know for certain that my money is used with great care and gratitude and I get to be a part of something way bigger than me.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Jan (CEO and co-founder)and Steve Hansen (Director And co-founder) for forty five years. Meeting them in college, I immediately knew that they were destined for great things. When the opportunity arose to help others, it was a perfect fit. With their knowledge and expertise, they began as teacher leaders and students to enter a culture of Individuals to promote their personal education and independence. They never entered this remarkable journey by themselves. Experts from a plethora of backgrounds joined hands to make this an exceptional experience. None of this would be possible without the monetary backing of individuals and companies. My family has taken the opportunity to assist in the need to promote the health and well being of our brothers and sisters in Tanzania. Many thanks to Jan and Steve for sponsoring a life changing beginning for the all of the Tanzanian families.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

ETI’s building of Rural Opportunity Centers will exponentially increase the opportunity for local and regional entrepreneurship. It will enhance gender equity, increase incomes, improve population health through early-childhood nutrition, and build a sustainable foundation for economic, civic, and educational development.
Kjell Bergh

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Donor

Rating: 5

Traveling to Tanzania with ETI was the highlight of my life. It is so inspiring to see an organization that has changed the lives of so many in Tanzania.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The 1980's pop song had it just right: Everybody wants to change the world. But few individuals and organizations ever manage to turn their wanting into action. Educate Tanzania is one of the exceptions. With a mission that touches hearts, minds, and souls, ET is helping transform the very culture of East Africa. Those who become acquainted with the world-changing vision of Jan Hansen will not be unmoved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an educator with years of experience leading students to understand the issues surrounding global food insecurity and then to uncover solutions for this multi-faceted problem, I know a brilliant plan when I see it. Community-centered, sustainable, and now expanding in its reach, Educate Tanzania's mission to provide access to education in agricultural methods and business practices is a model for empowering individuals, lifting a community, and delivering hope. The education provided by Karagwe University College is the key factor in building a bright and sustainable future for the people of Karagwe and ultimately, through the development of their Rural Opportunity Centers, for all of Tanzania!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

It’s a great blessing to be able support this organization that makes long term change in people’s lives. I wish I could do more to support their valuable programs. They are creating opportunities for the entire country to grow.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

My family and I have been doners for several years because we believe in the mission and impact that ETI has on the students and community of Karagwe. The leaders and partners of the organization have truly dedicated their lives and resources to providing opportunities to the people of Karagwe and helping to bring them out of poverty. The thing I love most about ETI is that there is a real relationship between those within the organization and the people of Karagwe. You can see the love in the photos; you can hear the warmth in the stories. ETI is genuine in their aspirations to make a change, and their work shows on the faces of those they have impacted.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Jan and Steve Hansen for over 15 years and am grateful for the work they are doing in Karagwe. Educate Tanzania is an organization that has provided an opportunity for so many to learn and find a way out of poverty.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETI is transparent with how they utilize their funds and use research and evaluation to guide decisions. They use an informed model for ensuring donor resources have impact and partner agendas are respected.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that most of us see the staggering amount of need around the world and feel overwhelmed. How can we help? Will it make a difference? I've heard it said that lots of people have ambition but many don't have opportunity.

Educate Tanzania is an organization that does make a difference in the lives of people that have ambition but have not had opportunity. My wife and I have high regard for this organization and for the founders, who have changed their own lives in order to help others.

I'm sure that there are many organizations that do good work. We like the size of Educate Tanzania and the targeted, tangible goals they have set for their organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania has a vision for building something very meaningful and long lasting in Tanzania. I am impressed with this vision, and with the dedication that Jan and Steve Hansen have shown in articulating this vision and bringing others onto the team to help. It seems clear to me that this is a "real world" project, built not only on good intentions but also on a sound base of a well thought out financial and cultural understanding that I believe will work. This is absolutely an organization that will be successful and will produce the expected results in improving health and education in the neediest part of the world.

3 Nathan K.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the tremendous opportunity to talk with the leadership at Educate Tanzania. They are a people driven organization that has dedicated significant time and effort to assist the people they serve. What struck me about their process is their humility and capacity for kindness. They believe that their stakeholders on the ground should serve as project leaders. Their role in any initiative is to provide the support needed to carry out locally grown ideas. It is a rarity to find an organization like this. They truly represent some of the best nonprofit qualities in international work. It has been a pleasure working with them and I would truly consider them one of the “greats.”

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's hard to imagine that this mustard seed vision is attracting many friends. WE HAVE GREAT HOPE in Karagwe.
Sam Kayongo

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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.

3

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!!

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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

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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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.

5 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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

9 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ETI is an incredible example of vision , dedication, and hard work. I have know about and worked with this organization for 4+ years and am continually amazed at their perserverance and focus bringing water, nutrition, health and education to those regions of the world that need it, specifically Tanzania. Having accomplished these goals in their initial project at Karagwe University College (KARUCO), ETI is now looking to the future and their next mission. Their critical thinking with a focus on the future and how to improve, develop meaningful efficiencies, and grow their impact is inspirational to any non-profit and most for-profit organisations! I am proud to be a part of this organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I first learned of ETI knew it was destined for success - Jan Hansen was involved! A year or so later I was in a position of gifting funds on behalf of my mother who's specific instructions were that any gift must be a 'game changer'. When she heard about what Jan, Steve and others were doing with KARUCO her decision didn't take long; "let's do it", she said.
Knowing what I do about how ETI has been faithful to their mission, and how much energy, enthusiasm, and perseverance they all put into the success of the venture gives me great confidence my mother's gifts have, indeed, been game changers. To create a quality educational institution by overcoming innumerable obstacles, cultural differences, and to do so from thousands of miles away is both inspirational and miraculous. The ability of Jan, Steve and many others to draw upon current relationships and to forge new ones to make things happen and get things done is worthy of a grad school course! It's easy to see how a passion for education, compassion for human beings, and a focused dedication to purpose has unquestionably made a positive impact in Karagwe.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came across Educate Tanzania through a coworker who has worked with the organization. I get the sense from both my coworker, and the organization, that Educate Tanzania is doing incredible work. Their passion for education and social cause are evident. Lucky to have these awesome people in the world!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love Educate Tanzania! The work they are doing is sustainable to help make a permanent difference. I'm confident that in giving to ETI that I'm helping to make a difference!