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Review for Educate Tanzania, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Educate Tanzania, Saint Paul, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out how to get the word out to the many people who really want to support an organization that has integrity in purpose and fiscal management and can make a real difference.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Advisor