Educate Tanzania, Inc. is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that forms partnerships with people to share resources and professional expertise so that people in the developing areas of the world can have access to education, clean water and good healthâ€”things that we often take for granted. We are successful in our collaboration with local African leaders to help them provide resources that enable their schools to grow. And with school growth comes clean water, increased income, and improved health.
Our current partnership with the people of Northwest Tanzania in the large, remote and impoverished Karagwe District focuses on building KARUCO (Karagwe University College). This important partnership will provide a way for local Tanzanian youth to seek training, to earn a living and to contribute to their community instead of taking off for urban areas in hope of opportunity. It will also provide an alternative to early marriage (average age 18). In Minnesota, we administrate the program, solicit donations, and help locate architects, engineers, builders; curriculum designers, educators; and communications experts to help shape the university and tell the story of an incredible partnership that benefits generations to come. The Karagwe University project is the way in which the Minnesota-Tanzania partnership can grow and sustain economic development, intellectual capacity and support services for an entire community. It is self-sustaining and a win-win.
1. Locate funds for an architect to design KARUCO (using indigenous materials).
2. Leverage resources for buildings, windmills, solar panels, water systems, academic personnel, & curricula.
3. Empower local people to use their own resources and to not rely on outside sources only.
4. Design a support, delivery, assessment and exit plan.
5. Locate funds to support vision trip exchanges between Tanzania and Minnesota with select individuals from energy, media, education, NASA, etc.
6. Locate funds to promote Karagwe University through media, presenting why the university is needed and to later, tell the story.
Partners from Minnesota understand that the vision for KARUCO belongs to the people of this extremely isolated and impoverished place, who realize better than anyone that it is only through the education of their own people that they can change their circumstances for the better. The people of Karagwe ask only for our help.
But we need a website.
What new functionality we are looking for
We cannot continue to carry out our mission without a website. A functional and flexible website would provide ways to:
o Who we are; Mission, Goals, Connections to Minnesota
o Partners and Supporters (links and recognition)
o History of Successes (tell the story)
o Reach broader range of people
o Donate directly to the project
o Set up individual fund-raising events (wii Build Tanzania)
o Invite to Annual Fund-raising event and Annual â€œWalk for TZâ€
o Provide a stable communication platform with the KARUCO team in Karagwe
o Keep in touch with others around the world interested in KARUCO
o Learn the latest as the project is developed
o Integrate with social media â€“ FB and Twitter
o Infuse excitement, build momentum and seek broad participation
o Apply to volunteer in Tanzania
o Sign up to volunteer â€˜hereâ€™
o Relieve administrative burden
ï‚§ Provide a place for those involved to log in and build an online community (Tanzanian and Minnesota partners; subcontractors; volunteers, donors)
o On-line forms
o Routine tasks done online
o Provide transparency and access for funders and others
Both funding and a lack of an opportunity have made the development of a website impossible to date. You can check out our (pretty lame) Facebook page however. http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/pages/Educate-Tanzania/139015692808831
How the new functionality will help
The lack of a website makes communication difficult. OK, impossible. What our team of volunteers is doing in person can be done via a solid website.
The Nerdery can help us develop a website that will be the conduit for guiding and funneling resources to Educate Tanzania, will help facilitate routine communication and program administration, and will become the â€˜placeâ€™ to get the most up-to-date information. In addition to providing a way in which people can make financial contributions to Educate Tanzania, the people of NW Tanzania need â€œintellectual capitalâ€ â€“ the gifts and abilities that the people in Minnesota have in abundance â€“ and would provide gratis â€“ if they only knew how. The website will educate and inform site visitors as to specific actions they can take to help build KARUCO. The Nerdery can help make this happen by moving us from having no web presence right into the 21st century!
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