Educate Tanzania Newsletter (New Ground)  -  December 2014 Issue 
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ETI Highlights

No time? Catch all highlights right here!
  • You Gave to the Max- $10,600!
  • Match Extended Through Dec
  • KARUCO Water Plans
  • Invite to Prayer Team
  • Partner Highlights-MSAADA 
Thanks to our mighty fine donors and to the Oswald Family Foundation we are over $10,600. further in meeting our funding goals. The matching grant is good through December so remember ETI with your year-end gift.

Spotlight on Partner

MSAADA Architects

KARUCO Site Visit

"I have never been presented with a site like this!" says MSAADA Architects Founder and Director, Poul Bertelsen. With a 35-year history of building over 750 projects in developing countries, that is quite a statement! The panorama over the 1,000 acres at KARUCO is breath-taking. Poul and his team are highly motivated to get the Landmark Tower constructed in 2015 so that many can enjoy the vista even more.

MSAADA has been instrumental in designing the KARUCO campus site plan, construction documents for classrooms, science labs, administration, the library and media center, toilets, barns, staff housing dormitories and dining. A variety of supporters are involved with various aspects of construction including the Tanzanians themselves, Partners in Europe and around the U.S. To date, eight buildings are erected with more on the way. 

ETI partners with "the most effective organizations in the world" and MSAADA certainly falls in that category. Competent , upright, hard-working, and caring architects are the norm at MSAADA. In addition, MSAADA has broad experience from which they can apply deep and important cultural understandings. MSAADA is based in Minneapolis and has offices around the world including Mwanza, Tanzania. Poul shared how he continues to make a relevant impact in Haiti, India and Africa (to mention some) in his book Design and Dignity: ( Asante sana MSSADA Architects!

Mr. Poul Bertelsen, Founder, Director, MSAADA Architects

KARUCO Water Plans

Sophia is standing next to a cistern used to store precious water at the Kayanga Hotel, about 7km from the KARUCO site. Girls in Karagwe walk 4-8 km each day to fetch water. ETI and MSAADA Architects are conducting on-site needs assessments to initiate efforts for clean, accessible water for KARUCO campus. ETI plans its next team site visit for January, 2015. Got some engineering skills you would like to donate? Want to make a difference? Email

Standing Invite 

Partners on our active, community-based, nondenominational Prayer Team invite you to take your spot. Prayer Team members receive a monthly newsletter that focuses on KARUCO's current praises and needs.
Email:  We would love to have you join us.


Meet John Wade MSAADA Architects

John Wade can get to KARUCO from Mwanza with just one plane ride across Lake Victoria and a several-hour LandRover ride from Bukoba to Kayanga. And ETI is so grateful for the on-site connection. John, a UMN graduate has made his home in Mwanza conducting work for MSAADA including that of KARUCO. John is pictured here with our KARUCO Team, Mr. Bernard Clemence (l) and Mr. Samson Lugaisa (r) of Triple A Architects, Bukoba. KARUCO Coordinator, Dr. Brighton Juel Katabaro is to John's immediate right. Here is what John had to say: 

"After visiting the construction sites at KARUCO and meeting with the Tanzanian partners, I am excited to see the progress and transformation that is taking place in Karagwe! Living in Tanzania this past year as the in-country representative for MSAADA Architects, I've been involved with design and construction projects in varying capacities with different partners. It is refreshing to see how ETI approaches the challenge of constructing a university in the relatively remote area of Karagwe. ETI seems to have struck the right balance between foreign and local involvement. With input from ETI and their Tanzanian partners, MSAADA was able to offer designs for KARUCO which have been used for construction by local contractors, using local labor, and readily available materials. It is clear that the people involved with the actual construction of the buildings take great pride in their work. I imagine this is because someday their neighbors, friends, and family might receive their education in these buildings. This approach to construction that ETI is fostering at KARUCO is a model worth replicating." 

"With the support of Educate Tanzania, KARUCO is making a lasting and positive impact on the community and region!"  (John Wade, MSAADA Architects)


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