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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Educate Tanzania is helping to improve the education system in Tanzania by focusing on an education sector that's relevant for national development
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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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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.
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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
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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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.
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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!
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.
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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.
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!
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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.
I first met Dr. Jan Hansen, the President of Education Tanzania on 2003 at Karagwe Secondary School where I teach. Her keen listening to people impressed me. Through listening she understood the basic needs of the people and build the vision of Educate Tanzania. This vision which leads to community development became more clear to me on 2007 when I joined the committee for establishing the Karagwe University College. I realized that Educate Tanzania is doing a great job for the Tanzanian community particularly Karagwe which is located at the rural areas and facing various challenges including lack of skilled personnel, education, health care, and many others. With Educate Tanzania and its vision we have a great hope that there is future for women liberation and for community development.
I was born and raised in rural areas of Karagwe in Tanzania. I come from a big family but among of the few children to pursue further education. My brothers and sisters are among of the unprivileged children who missed the opportunity of education. With ETI in Karagwe, I believe God has heard the cry of the people of Karagwe. I have a great hope with ETI. Long live ETI. Welcome to Karagwe.
I have been on the Board of Directors since this project began. We are a small organization but so very well connected with partners that really bring our funds to action at the site in Karagwe. We have engaged and committed folk on-site that manage the funds and supervise/direct the construction of buildings and have a skilled and effective team that has developed the curriculum for the courses to be taught. The local government has also endorsed the University which is to say all the right people are supporting this effort. It has been a privilege to be a part and see our plan come to fruition. It is gratifying to get the feed back from the people of Karagew who are so very excited as they see the progress which for them builds hope. Hope that they will be able to have resources to improve their lives.
Educate Tanzania communicates effectively the needs of the community they serve, and relays progress reports with equal fervor. i am impressed with what has been accomplished in a short time, and look forward to continued successes.
This is solid, principled work by dedicated leadership and staff. I will continue my support.
I have been involved with this organization since the beginning of 2011 and can't say enough about the progress that has been made towards reaching their first goal of building this awesome, first class university in one of thee most remote areas of Africa. The people of the region have been working towards this goal for some time now and it has been exciting to watch Educate Tanzania come along side the people of Karagwe, Tanzania and assist in making their vision a reality. There has been money raised but even more than that, the organization has leveraged many talented people and organizations to donate their expertise that has a value beyond words or money. I plan to stay connected to this organization for a long time to come and look forward to seeing all that is achieved through the hard work and dedication of the board, officers, volunteers, partners and donors of this one of a kind, world class non-profit organization.
I recently found out that the people of the Karagwe region, where their world class University (KARUCO) will be located raised over $50,000 (USD) for this University. When representatives from ETI went to Karagwe the Tanzanians themselves had a business plan for KARUCO. Tanzanians then asked ETI how they can help make KARUCO a reality. This dedication really shows that the Tanzanians value and WANT this University. Working in the Education field, I understand and value education and am thrilled to see the region on Karagwe have the same opportunity.