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.
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Africa » Tanzania » North February 1st 2018

It’s always hard to say ‘good-bye’ when you genuinely love a place and her people. Karagwe is such a place. Bruce Engel and I debriefed a tad en route to Entebbe to catch our flights. Bruce’s highlight? When the General Secretary of The Karagwe Diocese, Anicet said (I paraphrase): “Bruce! We just met this week but I feel we have known you forever!” Jan’s highlight? When Bruce Engel, award winning architect said: “I see why you love these people so much and are passionate about this Vision. I’m in.” ... read more
Ben Kayemba & Jan HANSEN at the Equator.
Farewell Karagwe. Farewell Africa.

Africa » Tanzania » North January 31st 2018

Life in Karagwe just gets better and better. ROC it Forward in Karagwe - DAY 5 Wednesday 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 ... read more
Dr Andrew Tour
USAID Award

Africa » Tanzania » North January 30th 2018

DAY 4 - Tuesday Well this is delicious! If you want some of the best dried jackfruit, papaya, pineapple or banana on the planet, you will have to get it from it’s only buyer who is based in Germany. That is what we learned at Karagwe ‘s food processing factory just a short distance from KARUCO. About 300 farm families supply fruit to the plant and another 30 work in food processing. One third of those are women. Our tour brought us through the steps of taking harvested fruit, scrubbing, coring and slicing, drying (18 hours) and packaging. The plant is OSHA certified and everything is organic. Like most tours, the end included a plate of product: In our Case, dried pineapple. Hands down the best I’ve ever eaten. Rural Opportunity Centers (ROCs) could connect to ... read more
Ready for Drying
Food Processing Plant
Prepped for Packaging

Africa » Tanzania » North January 29th 2018

Monday Today's blog is on the longer side and includes photos that may be at the very bottom. If you want to 'see' what is happening you might need to scroll all the way down the page and click on photos. ETI Board, Officers and Supporters: I want to congratulate you on all that has happened in Karagwe so far. 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. Bruce Engel of BURO Engel Architects and I are working with the Karagwe Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in order to plan the design of centers or hubs located ... read more
Our Planning Team
Bruce Engel Presents
Planning Together

Africa » Tanzania » North January 28th 2018

Greetings from sunny Karagwe, Tanzania. Thank you for following along. Today is Sunday and the day began with melodies from the church choirs filling the air. After church Brighton Katabaro took Bruce Engel and me to the KARUCO Campus. We toured the buildings and Brighton shared the story of KARUCO's construction. The book is continuing to be written and the chapters continue to unfold. Bruce was duly impressed with many aspects of the campus and congratulated both Brighton and me. Because my time is limited at the Kayanga Internet Cafe I will keep the rest of this entry to expressing our day in photos. Tomorrow is a packed day with meetings of the Rural Opportunity Center team. I am unsure if I will have space in the day to upload an entry. Stay tuned and enjoy ... read more
Dr. Katabaro Shows the New Admin Building
University Construction
New KARUCO Buildings

Africa » Tanzania » North January 27th 2018

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. Bruce Engel of BURO Engel Architects and I are working with the Karagwe Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in order to plan the design of centers or hubs located in rural areas as extensions or satellites of Karagwe University College (KARUCO). *****Bruce and I landed in Entebbe, stayed one night and as with every team since 2010, were driven to the border by our friend and owner of Ben’s Travel Adventures - Ben Kayemba. After immigration, we walked out in the sunshine to find Ben chatting with James Kahunda our friend and driver from the ELCT.... read more
The Parade
Sweet Bananas
Bruce Engel Checks into the Karagwe Hotel

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region January 26th 2018

ROC On Karagwe - Day 1FridayIf 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. Bruce Engel of BURO Engel Architects and I are working with the Karagwe Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in order to plan the design of centers or hubs located in rural areas as extensions or satellites of Karagwe University College (KARUCO). ETI arrived to Entebbe at 10:55PM - tired but too excited to let our eyelids drop. Customs was rather streamlined and we easily found our friend and driver ... read more

Europe » Netherlands January 26th 2018

It was a good 7.5 hour flight from Minnesota to Amsterdam. My flight landed shortly after 6:00am as the airport was just coming to life. Bruce’s flight landed a bit later in the dense fog. We board for Kigali (which then goes on to Entebbe) shortly. Our next flight is also about 8 hours. Just enough time for our fill of airplane food (which in the case of KLM is nearly all dairy: cheeses, yogurts, whipped creams). We hope to post again once we land in Entebbe, Uganda. ... read more
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North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis January 25th 2018

Team ETI is headed to Tanzania today. This time our goals are 3-fold: 1. Bask in the glow of the KARUCO Dedication (Oct 2017 with ten present from Team ETI); 2. Get updates on Karagwe University College - KARUCO; and 3. Moving the Rural Opportunity Center (KARUCO extension) concept forward. The team this time is Jan Hansen of ETI (me) and Bruce Engel of BURO Engel Architects (NY). Bruce and I will meet in Amsterdam and fly together to Tanzania. I look forward to introducing Bruce to our partners in Tanzania - the ELCT and to help put a face on the KARUCO project. Bruce was the architect largely responsible for the design and function of the Women's Opportunity Centers in Rwanda just a short distance from Karagwe (although difficult to reach by ground transport due ... read more
Delta/KLM to Tanzania

Africa » Tanzania » North » Bukoba October 30th 2017

(Uploading the TravelBlog entries has been a trial. Please pardon the delay and enjoy the story '3 weeks later'.) In 2010 KARUCO was a dream. Now look! Thank you ETI Donors! HERE's THE NUTSHELL 1. OCTOBER 29 was the KARUCO Dedication & Inauguration. What a celebration! 2. ETI was honored at the ceremonies as the "First on the Field", "Courageous Pioneers", "Invaluable Support", and thanked for being the lead that other partners in Europe followed. 3. Ten (10) of us from Team ETI were on site, meeting partners and celebrating KARUCO. Thank you Dennis & Sungsook Kim of EVS Engineering who... read more
KARUCO Campus
KARUCO Campus




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