Page 8 of Jan B Hansen Travel Blog Posts


Africa » Tanzania » West March 10th 2013

The focus of this photo journal entry is "The People". What could possibly be more interesting than people? We start with a compelling photo of a young girl transporting a small bag on her head. The caption asks you to imagine your life activities and then replace 75% of them with the one activity of transporting things from Point A to Point B. Walking. Mostly this activity 'belongs' to the girls we know who walk between 4-7 miles per day to fetch water. One upside is the galvanized friendships forged on the walk. The downsides are too numerous to mention in this blog but two biggies are 1) not being able to attend school and 2) roadside dangers some of which result in pregnancy. On a lighter note, don't miss the faces of the child-onlookers who ... read more
Dr. Katabaro with His Father
Drs. Bagonza and Katabaro
Onlookers

Africa » Tanzania » West March 9th 2013

The focus of this photo journal entry is "SOILS". The sure way to keep Dr. Jay Bell happy is to let him play in the dirt. Perhaps "play" is a stretch of the word for this Associate Dean of Faculty Affiairs at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. But then again perhaps not. Jay looks out at the landscape and sees soils. He digs and examines the life below the ground. His hand often holds soil. He is sure to tell all within earshot that it will be the soils that bring this Ag project - KARUCO- to life. Africa's soils are fragile. Abusing them is not an option if we truly will bring about social and economic transformation through KARUCO - the district's first university. Karagwe ... read more
Dig It!
Dr. Pedro Bidegaray
What Will Grow Here?

Africa » Tanzania » West March 8th 2013

The focus of this photo journal entry is the second entry on "Foods". See previous blog for particulars of crops of Karagwe - beautiful banana, coffee, pineapple, sugar, avacado, tomato, potato, cassava, maize, papaya, mango, and trees to name some staples. As I said in my last entry, challenges, due to limited broad-based understanding of some basics such as pest control, irrigation, mulching, crop rotation, seed selection, and marketing strategies, include the farmers not getting large yields or returns on their harvested crops. Most are subsistence farmers aching for new ways to go about crop production, crop conservation, and harvest-to-market techniques. This is where the comprehensive plan for KARUCO - Karagwe University College comes in. Dr. Benson Bagonza founded KARUCO - Karagwe University College to address the need for improved agriculture. His concept ... read more
Coffee
Banana Shamba
Karagwe Unplugged - Foods

Africa » Tanzania » West March 8th 2013

The focus of this photo journal chapter is "Foods". On the side of resources, the people of Karagwe grow beautiful banana, coffee, pineapple, sugar, avacado, tomato, potato, cassava, maize, papaya, mango, and trees to name some staples. On the side of challenges, and due to limited broad-based understanding of some basics such as pest control, irrigation, mulching, crop rotation, seed selection, and marketing strategies, the farmers do not get large yields or returns on their harvested crops. Most are subsistence farmers aching for new ways to go about crop production, crop conservation, and harvest-to-market techniques. This is where KARUCO comes in. Dr. Benson Bagonza founde... read more
Small Grain Harvest
High on the Food Chain
Banana Ndizi Shamba Everywhere

Africa » Tanzania » West March 7th 2013

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 ... read more
Kayanga Unplugged
Kayanga
Soccer

Africa » Tanzania » West March 7th 2013

Join Educate Tanzania on a tour of the Karagwe District in NW Tanzania using the beautiful images of Ashley Miller, 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. The focus of this first photo journal entry is "KAYANGA TOWN", where Educate Tanzania does most of its work in Karagwe. Kayanga is a center of activity and home to the Kayanga Hotel where Edina Henry, Guest Services takes care of the nee ... read more
Kayanga
Typical Scene
Walking, walking, walking

North America » United States » Minnesota » Chaska February 4th 2013

I am home. No matter where I have been and no matter how good the trip has been, it is always a joy to return home. Steve met me at the airport with some of my favorite things (including the latest family news, a winter coat and a Diet Coke). Great to see him. Thank you for following the blog. I will fill in a few entries that I was unable to upload in Tanzania so you will see a few out of order entries. I will also include photos you haven't seen since I could not upload as many as I would have liked. (It took four hours to upload 2 entries.) AND tune in next time when Educate Tanzania takes another step toward building KARUCO. Stay with us on this exciting adventure! SPECIAL THANKS ... read more
Air Travel
My View
Approaching Winter

Europe » Netherlands February 3rd 2013

Summary of KARUCO Progress Good flight from Uganda to Amsterdam with some time to reflect on the progress of Educate Tanzania with the KARUCO project. GOALS: The goal was to bring 2 professors from the University of Minnesota College of Agriculture and the Provost of EARTH (Ag) University in Costa Rica to see for themselves the needs of the people of Karagwe, and to write curriculum for the KARUCO Ag program. A second goal was to bring Daniel Sherrard from EARTH to see the needs of Karagwe, contribute to curriculum development, and to provide direction and counsel based upon his 20-year history of success at EARTH University. We achieved our goals and got some bonuses to boot. Completed: 3 - year Curriculum Framework (discussed with KARUCO Task Force - informal approval) Course Listings for Program (discussed ... read more
Fearless Leaders of KARUCO
Classroom
Visit to the Building Site

Africa » Tanzania » West February 2nd 2013

Best road trip ever to Uganda. What are the odds that just as you and your Land Cruiser full (as in 4 people on the back seat, 3 grown men on the middle, and 3 of us in the front) happen upon a bend in the rutty, bumpy, dust road under construction - just as a large excavator (crane-type shovel) operated by a frustrated Chinese construction worker, would dig a channel crosswise in the road, making way for a large culvert? Seriously - what are the odds? I took one look and knew we would be delayed for quite some time. In Africa, I accept these things. In the U.S.- not so much. I did not like the cavalier attitude toward the on-lookers and the way the operator challenged them with the big machine. I also ... read more
Accompanied Us
Accompanied Us
Full Load

Africa » Tanzania » West February 1st 2013

Winding Down.This was our first morning without Daniel and Ashley. Eluid is our steady server who drops everything to meet our needs. His smile is contagious and his calm demeanor a joy. Our typical 'spanish eggs' or hard-boiled eggs and toast keeps us every day until mid-morning tea. Jay and Pedro spent the morning fleshing out the 3-year curriculum program for KARUCO. I sneaked in at one point and listened in. Fabulous to hear the debate, the reasoning, the ideas about what courses to offer and when. What is the focus? Who can teach such a thing? How will this meet the real needs of the students? All good stuff. Brighton came a tad later. He and I discussed what seemed like 'everything' for quite a while. He is a deep and kind man. His ideas ... read more
Pedro Listens
Year 1
Year 1




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