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Published: January 23rd 2015
#1: KARUCO Water and Power Team Heads to Karagwe*
Welcome! Educate Tanzania is headed on another adventure to Karagwe, Tanzania. Sign up for the Travel Blog and we’ll keep you in the loop. If you are new you might want to visit a few old posts from previous trips to see why we are doing what we do.
NOTE: We told you originally to go to the ETI website - http://educatetanzania.org- but a technical glitch kept us from being able to post on the site. We will use this site for this trip.
On January 23, the ETI Water and Power Travel Team ’15 heads to Amsterdam, then Kampala, Uganda, then Kayanga, Tanzania. Two 8+ hour flights and then a 6 hour ride over some paved and unpaved roads across the Tanzania/Uganda border to reach our destination - Karagwe in NW Tanzania. Our team of four is excited to carry out the program goals of:
1. Assessing needs and resources for water, and ‘fit’ for scale-able system technologies;
2. Assessing technology and Internet resources and needs;
3. Linking conceptual and technical plans to renewable energy resources; and
4. Co-creating ‘next steps’ with our Tanzanian Partners – The KARUCO Task Force. We hope to return on Feb 1 having met those goals.
Our team of 4 consists of Jan Hansen (CEO at ETI), Christopher Jones (Principal, Inventoris), John Wade (MSAADA Architects), and Albin Mathias (Powering Potential). Jan and Christopher headed to Tanzania from Minnesota, John from Mwanza, Tanzania and Albin from Eastern Tanzania. The team has been prepping for months by reviewing foundational documents, updating knowledge of the geographic area, cultural norms, and documenting available resources to meet local needs. Internet is spotty but visit our Travelblog often between now and Feb 1 and see what’s new on the KARUCO WATER and ENERGY BLOG! Focus on Partner: Christopher W. Jones
When asked to share a bit about himself, here is what Christopher said: “With numerous personal experiences in education and in giving back to the community, I have developed a strong understanding and a passion for both of these ideals. Career roles in semiconductor sales, customer service, information and data technology, finance, and education have provided me a wide-ranging skill set to draw from while developing efficient and effective solutions to critical problems. The need for water at KARUCO is one such critical problem. Developing a scalable, sustainable source of clean water for this agricultural university presents numerous challenges, and financing their solutions is the next crucial step. “
Karibu tene, Christopher! And a bit about me: President/CEO - Educate Tanzania, Jan B. Hansen
While serving as an advisor in Tanzania in 2008, I learned about plans for a university and wanted to help. In 2010, I resigned my tenured position from the University of St. Thomas (MN) to devote myself to building Karagwe University College - KARUCO - in Tanzania. Since co-founding Educate Tanzania, I have helped lead efforts to ‘bring education, water and health to the neediest part of the world.' My background in helping establish learning centers and leading educational initiatives in the U.S., Australia, Puerto Rico, and Africa has proved useful as we build KARUCO, focused on Agriculture and Agri-Business. Raised on a farm myself, I feel called to help open doors for the women and men in Karagwe just as doors were opened for me.
Take me to the Educate Tanzania website:www.educatetanzania.org
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