Karagwe Unplugged 2 - KAYANGA TOWN (2)

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March 7th 2013
Published: March 15th 2013
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The focus of this second photo journal entry is "KAYANGA TOWN 2", where Educate Tanzania does most of its work in Karagwe. As I shared in my last entry, Kayanga is a center of activity and home to the Kayanga Hotel where we stay; eat; meet with business and community leaders; attend church (see blog "KARUCO AG TAG" for details on the 4-hour church service); shop; meet friends; find taxis to neighboring towns; and walk to visit friends in their homes. Kayanga is about 7 km from the KARUCO site - an easy access.

OVERVIEW: Join Educate Tanzania on a tour of Karagwe using the beautiful images of Ashley Miller of 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) Universityin 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.

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 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).


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Go to Educate Tanzania website: http://educatetanzania.org

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Karagwe's people value sports so those will be part of the KARUCO extracurriculars

Educate Tanzania, January 2013

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Kayanga Scene - Karagwe Unplugged

Educate Tanzania, January, 2013
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Barbed Wire

Marking where one can and cannot go

17th February 2014
KARUCO Will Support Entrepreneurial Shops

Shop investments
Is there a program to sponsor shops with mini-loans? Any possibility to have products shipped to USA for fund raising?

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