Introducing .... KARAGWE, TANZANIA !

a trip by Jan B. Hansen
From: January 3rd 2008
Until: January 24th 2008

Around 7:00PM one evening in December 2007 I received a call from an engineering professor who invited me to travel with her over J-term and advise a group of engineering students from the University of St. Thomas. Another advisor had to back out due to his father falling ill. I said I would think about it to which my friend said "You have four hours". She had to know first thing in the morning who the advisor would be in order to secure funds promised for another advisor. Alrighty then! My husband Steve - the consummate support - said "Why not?". So I, an Educational Psychologist - not an engineer - said "Yes!" I have never looked back, and never been sorry. The efforts took place over January-term, 2008 for the purpose of installing 2 solar-powered water pasteurizers at two secondary schools in remote Karagwe, Tanzania. Prompted by a design from a UST prof who conducted lots of work in developing countries, the UST students met, planned to install the pasteurizers and packed necessary tools and parts. A Physics prof from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls (who later became a dear friend), assembled and shipped parts. I was excited to think that we could help people in remote and developing areas have access to purification systems and thereby reduce the incidence of disease. I had been raised in rural Minnesota in a close family with a heart for the underdog. This blog is the first in a series of what helps describe a lifetime of connection to a group of beautiful people in Karagwe and helps tell their story and mine.
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Trip Length: 3 weeks
Blog Entries: 22
Photos: 94
Words: 12612

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
January 3rd 2008 DAY 1 - Off to Africa - 2008 North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis
January 4th 2008 DAY 2 - Amsterdam to Kampala - January, 2008 Europe » Netherlands
January 5th 2008 DAY 3 - Tanzania Here We Come ! - January, 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 6th 2008 DAY 4 - A 5 - Hour Church Service - January 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 7th 2008 DAY 5 - Strategic Planning - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 8th 2008 DAY 6 - Building the Pasteurizer Has Begun - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 9th 2008 DAY 7 - "Our School Could Use Some Books" - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 10th 2008 DAY 8 - KARASECO and Wedding Dancing - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 11th 2008 DAY 9 - KARUCO SITE - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 11th 2008 KARASECO SCHOOL RULES - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 12th 2008 DAY 10 - Saturday - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 13th 2008 DAY 11 - Church and Team Problem Solving - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 14th 2008 DAY 12 - Nyakhanga Hospital Visit - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 15th 2008 DAY 13 - BWERANYANGE and the RWANDA BORDER - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 16th 2008 DAY 14 - HANDMADE GIFTS FROM KAYANGA - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 17th 2008 DAY 15 - Solar-Powered Pasteurizer Build - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 18th 2008 DAY 16 - "Meeting" President Kikwete - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 19th 2008 DAY 17 - Understanding and Grace - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 20th 2008 DAY 18 - SUNDAY - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 21st 2008 DAY 19 - KARASECO - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 22nd 2008 DAY 20 - Wrapping Up - 2008 Africa » Tanzania » West
January 23rd 2008 Depart DAY - 2008 Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Entebbe
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