Page 6 of Jan B Hansen Travel Blog Posts

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

Africa » Tanzania January 28th 2015

7 Travelblog WEDNESDAY, January 28 We began the day at breakfast with the team. Albin Mathias of Powering Potential (New York and Karatu nr. Arusha) is conducting a technology needs assessment to help determine 'next steps' for connection to Internet and implementation of technology. Equipped with proper devices and service plans that work locally, Albin is the only team member able to connect to Internet here. We lovingly nick-named him "Hotspot". Our morning was filled by a meeting with governmental water resource planners - Walter and Eric. While many options were discussed, we came to agreements on a few things. 1) ETI volunteers will focus on design of a water harvesting system for KARUCO.; 2) it is Walter and his team's responsibility to locate water in the valley by KARUCO, and when they do, ETI will ... read more
Albin Mathias, Powering Potential
Water Resource Team
Home Away From Home

Africa » Tanzania January 27th 2015

6. Travelblog TUESDAY - January 27, 2015 A big day.. Today - January 27, 2015 was the "Fixing of the Touchstones" ceremony at KARUCO. The Bishop and Dr. Katabaro had been storing the touchstones since Groundbreaking at KARUCO on October 11, 2012. The three touchstones were given to our Partner KAD at the groundbreaking occasion to signify and honor the support from ETI and two ETI donors - The Estate of Jacqueline Nolte Jones and The Oswald Family Foundation - that were instrumental in getting KARUCO started and in getting the first buildings built. The three touchstones were to serve as encouragement for family and friends associated with the touchstones to come to Karagwe and touch the stone at KARUCO. That happened today when Christopher Jones visited the KARUCO site for the first time and saw ... read more
Unveiling the Touchstone
Jacqueline Nolte Jones
KARUCO: On the Hill

Africa » Tanzania January 25th 2015

TRAVELBLOG 5. January 26, 2015 KARUCO 2015 MONDAY Another great day in Kayanga. Brighton had to miss our morning meeting because his young son was in the hospital with a very high fever from malaria. We learned he got better later in the day so that is good news. Not an uncommon occurrence here: Christopher and I both felt well-rested and had breakfast with Dr. Bagonza. After, we toured the diocese offices, signed guestbooks, saw old friends, and studied how water was distributed there. We watched as local workers worked on constructing a 180,000 liter cistern (referred to as a "water tank" in Tanzania). Christopher climbed on top, investigated the construction and took photos as part of his information gathering plan for KARUCO Water. Back at the hotel, we met up with John Wade from MSAADA. ... read more
Christopher Checking Out the Water Tank

Africa January 25th 2015

4. TRAVEL BLOG - Karibu Sana! Kayanga - Here We Are. January 28, 2015 Sorry for the delay in blogging. Large Internet problems here. Spotty doesn't come close to describing. We are well. We made it to Kayanga, Tanzania. After a night in Kampala -and a pleasant ride with Dr. Katabaro, we saw the countryside of Karagwe. Christopher had studied the terrain via Google Maps so extensively that although laying his eyes on the landscape for the first time, he was already familiar with and could with reasonable accuracy, name where certain features existed. Perched on a lookout, Brighton stopped our vehicle where we all just took in the sight of KARUCO's campus. Fantastic. We were so well received in Kayanga by ETI's friends there. We have spent our days in focus groups and discussions about ... read more
Road to Kayanga

Africa » Uganda January 24th 2015

3. TRAVEL BLOG 2015 Our flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe, Uganda was without incident (just the way we like them). We landed in 71 degree temps, high humidity, and to the sights, sounds and smells of Entebbe. We breezed through customs, got our bags and met up with Mr. Peter Kiggundu, President of Hope Clinics, Kampala. Peter is an associate of ETI Partner, Mr. Charles Lugemwa, who founded Hope Clinics. Peter and his friend grabbed our bags and got us whisked away to our hotel. Peter graduated from the University of St. Thomas, MN with a graduate degree in business, and currently manages the business aspects of Hope Clinics - serving the poor in Kampala. At the hotel, we were allowed to pay the $30 per room in USD - so that was handy. Peter commented ... read more
Sporting New ETI Shirts

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