Jan B. Hansen

Jan B Hansen

Jan B. Hansen

Raised in a close, Minnesota farm family who took travel adventures all over the U.S. and Canada, I was introduced to community and global causes. I maintained a global focus with my husband and as a professor who helped build learning centers around the world. I resigned my university position and am President/CEO of a Minnesota-based nonprofit building KARUCO-Karagwe University College- in Tanzania. Our partners too are globally minded and intent on bettering their lives and economic condition. This blog will help tell the story.

Take me to the Educate Tanzania website:www.educatetanzania.org

North America » United States » Minnesota » Chaska May 1st 2015

For many of us, it's not that far. 1900 Hazeltine Drive / Chaska, MN / USA. For most, the location is not an 8 and 1/2 hour airplane ride to a layover spot and then another 8 and 1/2 hour airplane ride to the nearest airport, and then another 8 hour Land Rover ride to the real destination. (I'm thinking Minneapolis to Karagwe in this case.) In fact, 1900 Hazeltine Drive is right here in the "Metro" - third ring suburb just outside of the Twin Cities - just on the margins of the beautiful Minneapolis/St. Paul urban lake region and smack dab in the middle of the Chaska, Chan, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Victoria suburban lake region. Those of you in Minnesota - You can easily join us. Those of you in Tanzania - please join ... read more
Dr. Katabaro 'Teaches' ETI

I have always loved Washington DC. As a young girl I recall Dad and Mom bringing us to Niagara, New York and D.C. after travel through Canada. I remember marveling at the monuments (they were bigger then). This photo blog is devoted to ETI's most recent visit to the Nation's Capitol - Washington D.C. It was rather ironic that we did this tour on "National Walking Day"! Click on "Additional Photos Below" and see a bit of our monumental visit. Take me to the Educate Tanzania website: www.educatetanzania.org... read more
Lincoln Memorial
Washington Monument
Washington Monument

Thanks for following along on the blog. If this is your first time - Educate Tanzania is a Minnesota-based NGO that partnered with the Karagwe Diocese in Tanzania to build an agricultural university on 1000 acres. No small task. This blog documents five trips to Tanzania and a few 'in-betweens' to other places. Our latest adventure brought us to Washington DC to participate in the USAID/ASHA conference. Jan (ETI) and Sarah (Cohn Consulting) traveled to our Nation's capitol to glean all they could to write a winning application for $276,000. to construct the 'next' four buildings and enable KARUCO (Karagwe University College) to open in October 2016. It was energizing. Other projects around the world are inspiring. But competition is fierce and we have our job cut out for us. Among other things, ETI needs to ... read more
Tanzanian Embassy
Ambassador Liberata Mulamula Meets With ETI
Sarah Cohn, Jan Hansen and Ambassador Liberata Mulamula

ETI heads to Washington DC March 29 – April 2 to meet with USAID/ASHA staff and attend the Annual ASHA Conference. Along with 150 others, Jan Hansen (ETI) and Sarah Cohn (Cohn Consulting) will attend sessions about food security in developing countries, construction of successful schools, grant writing, democratic values, International partnerships and more. While here, Jan will visit the Embassy and request a visit with Ambassador Liberata Mulamula who has shown high levels of support for the KARUCO project. ETI’s main goal is to refine its grant proposal asking USAID/ASHA for $276,000 to construct the next four buildings at KARUCO. Sarah is spearheading the grant writing while Jan provides information, links to partnerships and edits. The grant is due on April 24th and ETI will know by Fall, 2015 if we are selected. Competition is ... read more
Monuments of DC

Africa » Tanzania March 16th 2015

Christopher Jones, Principle at Inventoris collaborated with John Wade (MSAADA Architects), the KARUCO Task Force and the KAD Management Team to design a comprehensive water harvesting system for KARUCO. This is no small task. KARUCO – Karagwe University College – must have water in order to open in October 2016. To achieve the team’s goal, Christopher traveled to Karagwe (2-8 hr flights, a harrowing ride through Kampala at midnight, and an 8 hr Land Rover ride with a visit ‘to’ the equator), climbed water tanks, took elevations at the KARUCO site, asked questions, helped define parameters, extrapolated water use for the first 100 students, envisioned campus use (dorms) with agricultural use (crops and livestock) and gave creative problem solving a whole new meaning. At first, drilling seemed the most viable option. But when the team realized ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota February 24th 2015

KARUCO's Water and Energy Team is back at it in their respective home countries. John Wade (MSAADA Architects) is back in Mwanza busy with other projects in Tanzania as well as moving the KARUCO project ahead; Albin Mathias (Powering Potential) is back home (near Arusha) and Christopher Jones (Inventoris) and Jan Hansen (ETI) are back in balmy Minnesota longing for the warmer climes of Africa. Albin submitted a report that outlines the next steps for ETI to take to get solar-powered computers and Internet at KARUCO. Our Tanzanian Partners at KAD complain that the Internet has been down since last fall. Albin is doing his best to change that. John and Christopher completed some impressive work designing the water harvest system that will enable KARUCO to open in October, 2016. They will continue to work with ... read more

Europe » Netherlands February 1st 2015

11. Travelblog February 1, 2015 Layover in Amsterdam. Checked in with family, checked email, had tea and rested. Boarded and departed right on time. I found myself envious of those who could actually sleep or rest and decided to accept the fact that I was awake. I finished some notes on various meetings in Karagwe, organized the backlog of email, prepped for activities that awaited in my office and read a bit from my book. At one point the man in front of me turned around and asked me to turn my music down. What? Oh my gosh! The earbud jack had fallen out of my iPad and Aerosmith was blasting. Oops. 3 meals, a snack, 5 beverage deliveries, 2 movies, 3 playlists, 78 emails and 4 chapters later... ...we landed at noon in MSP. Home. ... read more

Africa » Tanzania January 31st 2015

10 Travelblog January 31, 2015 We leave today. I tried to cram the gifts people had given me into my bag: two drums (one for me, one for the ETI Board), two wall hangings, a package to deliver to a Tanzanian living in Minnesota, a large handbag and a dress. I downloaded some clothes, shoes and other items and made space. Every millimeter in my suitcase was used and then some. I stashed my clothes for the winter and for the flights into another bag along with some reading material, iPad and other carry on items and was ready to go. We enjoyed one last breakfast at the hotel, then loaded up the van (ten of us total) to head to Mutukula. Brighton arrived and shared that his father in law was in town so he ... read more
Giraffe for EJ

Africa » Tanzania January 29th 2015

9 Travelblog FRIDAY, January 29, 2015 Bweranyange Girls Secondary School and Closing Meeting Brighton arrived and we headed to Bweranyange Girls Secondary School about 50km from Kayanga. The road was bumpy and dusty, lined with children and women walking, sometimes goats or cows and men on bicycles with large loads of bananas or other produce. Christopher and I enjoyed seeing the countryside and the beautiful rolling hills that make up Karagwe. We arrived at BGSS and were met by Headmistress, Sophia. She greeted us and escorted us into the school where refreshments were prepared and set out. Although glad to see us, she scolded us for being late and informed me that my Swahili needed work. We agreed on both counts. Hoping for more of the excellent passion fruit and ground nuts we were offered, Brighton ... read more
Bweranyange Girls Secondary School (BGSS)
"California" Overlooking the Kagera River
Beautiful Gift

Africa » Tanzania January 29th 2015

8 Travelblog THURSDAY, January 29 Another great breakfast at the hotel. Omelette, Tonica (local Tanzanian) coffee, home-made bread and fruit. Good way to start the day. Brighton picked up the team early and took Christopher, John, Albin and me to KARUCO for 'one last look' before the team starts heading to their respective homes. John and Albin planned to take a taxi from KARASECO to Bukoba at 10:15 am, and Christopher and I would head out in two days. We arrived at KARUCO, took videos and stills of our favorite vantage points, listened to Christopher teach from the steps of Classroom 1 where the Touchstones are laid, visited the library/media center and reviewed plans for the water harvesting systems. John and Albin caught the 10:15 taxi and we said 'goodbye' to John and 'Hotspot' (Albin). We ... read more
Touchstone: Jacqueline Nolte Jones
Part of the KARUCO Team 2015
The Library on the Hill

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