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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

86 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.

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

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.

3 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!

8 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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about how Educate Tanzania is the epitome of the old saying "Teach a Man to
Fish." Educate Tanzania (ETI) is truly a local charity with a global reach. A lot of well meaning charities offer food and services that, sadly, hinder sustainable growth. Not Educate Tanzania. ETI's vision for KARUCO a college that will educate the citizens of Karagwe, Tanzania to create a sustainable and growing economy through agriculture and infrastructure development . Now that's lasting change. What ETI is doing will impact generations to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I came across Educate Tanzania simply enough....a counselor at my son's high school introduced me to the group. Then I happened to discover that a woman in my work group also actively supported this non-profit. I attended a couple of functions and quickly understood the deep passion and commitment to the mission. I have been impressed with the meaningful advancements made with a relatively small staff and in such a short time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is helping to improve the education system in Tanzania by focusing on an education sector that's relevant for national development

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETI is doing the right work the right way. They regularly consult their partners in TZ and actually listen to what the people of Karagwe want and need. Then they find responsible, sustainable ways to achieve those goals. The organization is exceptional.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched Educate Tanzania grow since it first started in 2010. It is amazing that they will be starting their first classes in October 2016, one full year from now! It only took the organization six years to go from idea on paper to full-fledged university! I like how far donor's money goes to Educate Tanzania's programs- a full 92% of donations goto the cause.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member of Educate Tanzania Inc. (ETI), and a native of Tanzania, I have had the privilege to work with amazing board members, staff, volunteers, donors and our partners in Tanzania to fulfill the dream of people of Karagwe to build their own agricultural university, the first institution of high learning in the region. It was neat to pay a personal visit to the region and see first-hand the exemplary work being done at the construction site and the passion and belief of the people of the region who give of their limited resources to build an education dream for their children. I’m especially proud of the ordinary people of Minnesota who believe in our mission and come together in May of every year for a fundraising gala at the Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been inspired by the mission of ETI since its inception in 2010. The best feature of this group is that they are supporting the building of a world class agri-business university in Tanzania that is led by the Tanzanians; professionals educated in the U.S. And Europe. Over 92% of ETI funds go to programs! A wonderful group to be a part of.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a Board Member and along with Dr. Jan B. Hansen, Co-Founder of Educate Tanzania. Our organization is determined and focused on providing expertise and resources to build KARUCO University, an agricultural incubator for businesses to flourish in the Northwest Area of Tanzania. My most compelling vision is to help the Tanzanians help themselves by introducing a university curriculum that teaches not only how to grow crops but how to develop supply chain and hence business by growing the crops that are needed to build a vibrant agricultural economy. One of the best features of ETI is that we access professionals who are competent in their specific field and then leverage that expertise to on-the-ground assistance. You won't find a better run, more highly accountable organization than ETI.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having interned and volunteered for ETI, I have seen behind the scenes and found everyone involved to be incredibly genuine and dedicated–which is reflected in the work done by the nonprofit. I'm continually amazed by how quickly ETI can make big ideas a reality.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having interned for ETI, I've found that the people involved in this nonprofit are passionate and tireless. I've been consistently blown away by the time and care put into every endeavor and have witnessed firsthand the speed at which ETI is able to accomplish its goals--which is impressive considering how young it is. I can confidently say that any donated funds or time are put to good use, and I've loved seeing the tangible results of people's generosity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I came to know the folks at Educate Tanzania about a year ago through connections with my colleagues. I have been consistently impressed with their dedication and sensitivity to learning and improving livelihoods. While non-profits can sometimes be overly focused on their public image, Educate Tanzania has led a very quiet campaign to build, staff, and support a university in an under-served area of Tanzania. They have taken every step carefully, and moved forward with local guidance and support. Kudos to Educate Tanzania!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A truly grounded, thoughtful, intelligent group seeking to better the lives of so many in Tanzania. I have had the honor and privilege of "working" with Jan and some of the esteemed associates with logistical projects. Everyone has such a giving and humble heart -- the core foundation asset to any charity. Look for big things from all of the work ETI is doing!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I couldn't be more proud and honored to be associated with Educate Tanzania. We are a grassroots organization, working hand in hand with the local community in Tanzania, to help increase educational opportunities that will transform lives. I hope you are inspired by our mission to help the people of Karagwe help themselves.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I was drawn to the mission of this organization and the opportunity to share my experience from working with other non-profits. The leadership of this organization is vested in providing service and support to partners in Tanzania, including the infrastructure that will be required to support Karagwe University and the greater community that will support it. Educate Tanzania is doing remarkable things, through efficient use of limited funding, with partners in Tanzania. It is a non-profit that has tremendous growth opportunity, and strategic focus to help fully realize that growth and subsequent impact on its ability to deliver against its mission.

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After visiting the construction sites at KARUCO and meeting with the Tanzanian partners, I am excited to see the progress and transformation that is taking place in Karagwe! Living in Tanzania this past year as the in-country representative for MSAADA Architects (a partner with Educate Tanzania) I've been involved with design and construction projects in varying capacities with different partners. It is refreshing to see how ETI approaches the challenge of constructing a university in the relatively remote area of Karagwe. ETI seems to have struck the right balance between foreign and local involvement. With input from ETI and their Tanzanian partners, MSAADA was able to offer designs for KARUCO which have been used for construction by local contractors, using local labor, and readily available materials. It is clear that the people involved with the actual construction of the buildings take great pride in their work. I imagine this is because someday their neighbors, friends, and family might receive their education in these buildings. This approach to construction that ETI is fostering at KARUCO is a model worth replicating.

With the support of Educate Tanzania, KARUCO is making a lasting and positive impact on the community and region!

- John Wade

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am technically not a professional because I am retired and donate my time. However, I organized an ecumenical group of churches in River Falls, WI and have, since 2002, led the building of homes and a school in Haiti, so I am very familiar with this kind of project.. I and our church, Ezekiel Lutheran, have been donors to Educate Tanzania since its inception and are very familiar with their work. Because I lead a similar project and have attended several of Educate Tanzania's annual fund raising banquets, I feel very qualified to evaluate their organization and progress. Their people are of the highest integrity, they have a fabulous rapport with the Tanzanians whom they serve, and their project is moving along efficiently and solidly. They have my highest respect and recommendation without reserve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am Kwonshik Dennis Kim, president of EVS, Inc. EVS is an civil and energy engineering firm in Minnesota.
I believe that ETI will make a huge differenc to many people in Tanzania by educating local people there. Only Education will have any lasting impact to the people.
I expereinced the benefits of education in South Korea where I was able to get a good education thru help from US Universities after the Korean War. I owe my success as a CEO of EVS to my early education in Korea.
ETI will help many young people to learn and contribute to the next generation.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Vision Bagonza, and I'm 20 years old. I was born in the land of the heart of this project-Karagwe, Tanzania, so I am a first hand witness of all that's been going on there. The work that Educate Tanzania does has already brought hope to people. While I was a teacher/volunteer in Karagwe, parents would ask about what will soon be their very own university. Education is indeed the key to liberation, and I am touched that Educate Tanzania not only is concerned about what they bring to Karagwe, but all that Karagwe can share with the world. I love volunteering with this organisation because of how dedicated and committed they are. There is indeed great success here!

Donor

Rating: 5

Educate Tanzania is a great organization. I have seen it grow from a vision of one person into an organization that is positively impacting many people. It has been a pleasure to see it continue to gain momentum and further serve those in need to provide educational opportunities to those that would not be able to otherwise realize their dream.

-Steve Lay

Review from Guidestar

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Dr. Jan Hansen and her husband Steve have what every nonprofit should aspire to have: dedicated leadership, long-term vision, hands-on interaction, realistic goals and an innate ability to direct their infectious passion not just to the community they're helping grow, but with the entire support network that is necessary to see Educate Tanzania realize all of it's goals. I am a proud supporter!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Educate Tanzania several years ago during a non-profit event. I was immediately struck by both the passion and expertise harnessed by ETI. They have assembled a group of individuals who not only care deeply for their cause, but who also bring a vast array of skills to their efforts. Dr. Jan Hansen is the type of leader who has an eye for talent and a personal commitment to excellence in all endeavors. I have very much enjoyed ETI's growing success and the positive impact they are having in the lives of some very wonderful people.