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April 14th 2013
Published: April 15th 2013
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• Tell three friends to visit our website and learn about the project.
• http://educatetanzania.org
• Examine your resources and expertise. See a match within the KARUCO plan? Let us know. Educatetanzania@gmail.com
• Do you have $39.00? (Equivalent of the average yearly income in Karagwe). Hit the yellow donate button. Have more than $39. Don't be shy. We will put it to good use.
• Connect: sign up for our 1x month newsletter. ETI never shares contact info.
• Attend one of our events. Help us spread the word and invest in KARUCO.
• Events are posted on our website. Http://educatetanzania.org
• 2013 Event: May 31st / Auction / Dinner / Fundraiser / Hazeltine National Golf Course MN

• Fund a building ($100K) or water delivery system ($250K) or landmark tower ($30K) or technology plan (TBD) :-)
• Other?? Let us know.

• Educate Tanzania is blessed with all kinds of people who sense the success of KARUCO and are excited to be part of the story. Good-hearted people who benefit the people of Karagwe by donating resources or expertise, supporting ETI activities, learning about and funding our projects, or encouraging the volunteers who are already vested in building KARUCO. So many folks with a sincere desire to help. So, what does it mean to 'help'?

• Meet Partner, Tom Johnston of JOHNSTON LAW GROUP who has been with ETI since its inception- literally. Tom helped Jan & Steve Hansen craft the IRS application, form the nonprofit, and bring another attorney from his group into the project. Tom capped his fees and continues to counsel and encourage ETI. http://www.johnstonlawgroup.com/

• Meet Kojo Ben Taylor. Kojo serves as a member of ETI's Board of Directors with specific skill in development of long-term funding models that blend accountability and African grass-root investments.

• Meet Mary Schott. Mary, a horticulturalist from Purdue University, founded Trees for Tanzania and donates her expertise, counsel and contacts to the curriculum team for KARUCO. http://www.treesfortanzania.com/

• Meet Jay Bell. Jay - a soil scientist and Associate Dean at the College of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, along with colleague Pedro Bidegaray, donated umpteen hours and high level expertise to help develop a three-year framework for KARUCO's program specializing in Ag. http://www.cfans.umn.edu/About/CFANS_Directory/DeansAdministration/JayBell/

• These are just a few partners of ETI who are breathing manifestations of what is
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Founder, Trees for Tanzania (Horticulturalist); ETI Volunteer
helpful. We are also blessed with helpers who serve on our fundraising event committees, help us make friends, promote our goals, oversee our social media or accounting, give insights on our advisory boards, and simply keep us motivated and energized. We sat down with some of these helpful partners and volunteers and asked what it looks like to be helpful. Here is the story so far.


People who:

A. Act collaboratively with ETI and our Tanzanian partners.

Our most effective partners know how to set mutual goals and do not dominate with their own agenda. These are people who understand the ETI/KARUCO plans and keep them at the forefront of our mutual activities.

B. Prioritize Tanzanians who own the project.

ETI volunteers and partners 'get' that it was our friends in Karagwe who initiated the KARUCO project and invited others into it. They respect that it is the Tanzanians who own the idea and are 'studied up' on the comprehensive plans to carry it out. They help carry out those plans.

C. Volunteer expertise needed to establish KARUCO.

ETI's best partners have identified skills that fill some area of
Dr. Jay Bell, Assoc DeanDr. Jay Bell, Assoc DeanDr. Jay Bell, Assoc Dean

College of Ag, U of MN
need. All experts involved with ETI are matched with pre-determined needs (needs assessments) and are approved by our Tanzanian colleagues in Karagwe. Donated expertise worth hundreds of thousands of dollars (USD) has been documented and is key to the establishment of KARUCO. In turn, our experts in Tanzania offer sustained relationships and the chance to be in on the ground floor of building something that will transform lives and leave a legacy.

D. Are relationship/affinity-oriented, business-minded, and entrepreneurial.

People who 'see people first' are attracted to the KARUCO project. The concept plan was initiated by Dr. Bagonza in order to meet the needs of the nearly 1 million people of Karagwe. Our most effective partners 'see' the people who spend the majority of their day seeking basic resources, earn on average $39./year, flee the remote areas in search of opportunity, and who marry at age 18. Our partners are creative and entrepreneurial and see long-term ways to work with our Tanzanian colleagues to help transform Karagwe through building KARUCO.

Our partners were also asked 'What is not helpful?' Here is a small summary of the responses.

Agendic or self-serving people need not apply. Africa is a hot spot for investments, site visits, student exchanges, and business opportunities. If those things dominate what drives you and you see KARUCO fitting into YOUR plans, please move on to other projects. Give us a chance to get KARUCO up and running - then come back with your interests. Invest in building KARUCO dormitories, water delivery systems, our students' businesses, host a site visit for KARUCO students at your institution, be part of their exchanges, and connect your operations with KARUCO's community businesses. But please don't distract us at this point. We have too much to do.

Below is a list of our partners. This represents an amazing group of individuals who exemplify the traits outlined above. Thank you partners. You are such good 'help'.


Dr. Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders, USA; Founder /Endowed Chair,Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, University of Colorado; U.S. Science Envoy

Rev. Dr. Benson Bagonza, Founder, KARUCO; Bishop, Karagwe ELCT Diocese, Karagwe, Tanzania

College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences, (CFANS), University of Minnesota

EARTH University, Guacimo Limon, Costa Rica; Dr. Jose Zaglul, President.

Mr. Dan Edgerton, Water Resource Engineer, Senior Associate, Stantec, St Paul, MN

Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls, Wisconsin

Hope Medical Clinics, Kampala Uganda, Charles Lugemwa, Dir

Mr. Thomas M. Johnston, Esq., JOHNSTON LAW GROUP LLC, Chaska, MN

KARUCO Task Force, Tanzania, Africa; Rev. Dr. Brighton Katabaro, Coordinator for KARUCO, Karagwe Diocese,

Dr. Curt Larson, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Lighthouse Ministries International, Boni & Sandy Karanja, Co-Founders

MSAADA Architects, Minneapolis, MN, Poul Bertelsen, Director

The Nerdery Web Development, Bloomington, MN

Trees for Tanzania, Mary Ariel Schott, Founder/Director Lansing, Illinois

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota


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