ETI Advisory Energizes Vision

mtg-032917-boardThe ETI Advisory Board provides insight and counsel and shares the vision of ETI within their circles of influence. The meeting on March 29 was a big success as the board reviewed ETI’s most recent achievements, prepared for KARUCO’s opening in October 2017 and planned for Rural Opportunity Centers. The highlight? Meeting Sharon Davis and Bruce Engel of Sharon Davis Design, Manhattan.

From Sharon Davis Design website:

Women’s Opportunity Center


Located on a one-hectare site in the Kayonza district in eastern Rwanda, the Women’s Opportunity Center is energizing one small community’s subsistence-agriculture economy through female empowerment. Traveling to the center’s daytime classes and events on foot, residents—many of them survivors of war—learn income-generating skills, such as animal husbandry and processing techniques that can sustain food cooperatives. As many as 300 women participate in training at any time. Read more

ETI knows that in just four years, KARUCO grads will have completed their studies and will be eager to apply everything they have learned at KARUCO. Where will they apply their new skills? The current pattern of young people is to flee Karagwe in search of earning a livelihood  in larger areas. ETI’s hope is to provide opportunity within Karagwe through Rural Opportunity Centers (ROCs) so that KARUCO grads and others have a place to incubate their businesses, participate in markets and earn a living in Karagwe. The ROCs will also provide a source for water, health training and services and meet other needs of the community. The ETI Advisory Board will share what it learned at the March 29th meeting with the full ETI Board of Directors at its next regular monthly meeting on April 10.

In addition the ETI Advisory heard from member, David Hottinger, Director of Institutional Advancement at Saint Thomas Academy who shared tips and principles of fostering momentum and funding around good ideas and causes. Like ETI. David encouraged all who serve on the board to share why they support ETI and build momentum in their own circles by telling their own compelling story. David will present in detail at the May regular board meeting.

mtg-032917-umnraelRael Kakulima closed out the meeting with her inspirational “on fire” thank you to the board. She shared how desperate her own life was as she walked for water every day and had to fight for every resource she got. She shared how amazed she is by ETI’s commitment and partnership with the people of Tanzania and how moved she is that ETI cares on a very deep level. She shared what a difference our ETI/Tanzania partnership makes and how, together, we are painting a bright future.

Many thanks to Dennis Kim and EVS Engineering for hosting, to Joy Catering for providing the Tanzanian dishes, to Andy Kim for tech support and to the Advisory Board for changing people’s lives for the better through their service with ETI.


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