ROC It Forward in Karagwe -DAY 5

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January 31st 2018
Published: January 31st 2018
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Life in Karagwe just gets better and better.

ROC it Forward in Karagwe - DAY 5

If you have been following the ETI website, the ETI Travelblog, ETI’s Facebook or Twitter, you know that we are in Karagwe, Tanzania now working on the Rural Opportunity Centers (ROCs). If you are a new subscriber - Karibu sana! Welcome!

Bruce Engel of BURO Engel Architects (NY) and I are working with the Karagwe Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCT/KAD or “KAD”) in order to plan the design of centers or hubs located in rural areas as extensions or satellites of Karagwe University College (KARUCO). Thus far the trip has been productive, enlightening, exhausting and downright fun.

In general we have discussed and agreed upon some major aspects of the ROCs. Water, education and training, health, resource rental centers and provision of markets. Nothing is galvanized so we will continue to move forward with an eye toward reduce, reuse, recycle, renewable sources, local materials and labor and all based upon needs and strengths of the surrounding communities.

Today we met Dr. Andrew, Chief if Staff at Nyakahanga Hospital. We walked past the 20 patients and my conscience was pricked knowing that I would get attended to while they waited. My hope is that the efforts of ETI will result in improved economic conditions for families and institutions and therefore resultant improved health care.

The main take-always from the discussion and tour:: Nyakahanga is an award-winning Hospital (USAID, CDC and nationally); the hospital serves 65,000 people with 5 satellites and 274 staff; the hospital endorsed the idea of a health clinic at the ROC and is open to a fee-based model; the Tanzanian government is frustrating because they are paying just 4% of the salaries they agreed to pay. Notably, the hospital has improved in nearly every aspect of care it delivers. Dr Andrew and his staff are pleased with progress but readily name all that is needed to make necessary improvements in equipment, staff and services. There is profound need here and it is encouraging to see relevant services provided by caring, competent individuals.

There were many other interesting aspects of Nyakahanga but my time at the Kayanga Internet Cafe is running out. I will upload some photos and say farewell for today.

Thanks for coming along.


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