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Published: March 15th 2013
KARUCO will add to the Kayanga business community
Join Educate Tanzania
on a tour of the Karagwe District in NW Tanzania
using the beautiful images of Ashley Miller, AshMill Photography
in Nashville, Tennessee. Ashley volunteered to accompany Educate Tanzania
Inc. (ETI) in January, 2013 as ETI led a team of curriculum developers from the College of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota
and the provost from EARTH (Agricultural) University
in Costa Rica. Each year, Ashley and her camera tag along with nonprofits, donating time, talents and resources to help worthy nonprofits in Tanzania tell their story. ETI offers its kudos and thanks.
The focus of this first photo journal entry is "KAYANGA TOWN
", where Educate Tanzania does most of its work in Karagwe. Kayanga is a center of activity and home to the Kayanga Hotel where Edina Henry, Guest Services takes care of the needs of our team. She welcomes, cooks our meals, manages her staff including Genegeva, Eluid, Emmanuel and others who clean our rooms, bring us hot water for our baths, and serve our team members. Kayanga is our home away from home - where we stay; eat; meet with business and community leaders; attend church (see previous blog for 4-hour church service); shop; meet friends; find
Educate Tanzania stays in Kayanga when it brings its teams.
a taxi to neighboring towns; and walk to visit friends in their homes. Kayanga is about 7 km from the KARUCO site - an easy access.
See previous blogs for particulars of how the KARUCO project started (2008) and how Educate Tanzania was established (2010) for the purpose of building the district's first university. ETI will introduce KARUCO students and subsistence farmers to new ways to go about crop production, crop conservation, and harvest-to-market techniques. See also the "Groundbreaking" blog to catch up on the excitement of beginning the building of KARUCO
Dr. Benson Bagonza founded KARUCO - Karagwe University College to address the need for improved agriculture. With his vision he hopes to stem the brain drain and provide an alternative to early marriage. His concept paper outlined specifically how the district's first university could teach entrepreneurial agri-business techniques and transform Karagwe through economic and social improvement. The university was approved by the community, the ELCT (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania) and is supported by governmental organizations and other institutions of higher education. Jan B. Hansen learned of the concept in 2008, knew it would work and pledged her support that resulted in the formation of the nonprofit
Kayanga is one of the town centers of Karagwe
Educate Tanzania, Inc. in 2010. Meanwhile, the ELCT hired Dr. Brighton Katabaro to coordinate all functions related to the establishment of KARUCO. ETI, the ELCT, European partners -- all agree that a university - birthed in Karagwe- would bring about increased understanding and therefore higher yields, healthier crops, better nutrition, sustainable revenue streams, exciting businesses, improved economy and importantly - social justice for those commonly left out of the picture - often women. The idea of a university has taken hold and building has begun (see previous blogs especially "KARUCO Ag Tag" - January/February, 2013). http://ashmillphotography.com Scroll down for more photos. Go to Educate Tanzania website: http://educatetanzania.org
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