ETI’s mission is to PARTNER with developing communities to promote and sustain economic and social prosperity through education.

To do that, we PARTNER with churches, universities, businesses, groups and individuals all over the globe, who share a vision for holistic international development. ETI’s model is to work through a designated local PARTNER. 


  1. Our PRIMARY PARTNER is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, Karagwe Diocese (KAD).

KAD, under the leadership of Rt. Rev. Dr. Benson Bagonza, Bishop, was selected because the team works holistically and effectively to lead the diocese in spiritual direction and in a broad range of social services. KAD serves 126,000 people in 218 congregations (35 parishes in 8 church districts) in Karagwe. The diocese is led by Bishop and the Management Team, 64 pastors–both men and women–218  evangelists and includes 440 employees.

KAD provides spiritual direction, teaching and social services. Its leaders teach, stand for and provide for the sick, the widowed, the orphaned, those with AIDS; the marginalized and the disenfranchised. KAD has built and operates primary and secondary schools as well as the District Hospital in Nyakahanga. Bishop is set apart as a symbol of hope and his management team does an enormous amount of heavy lifting on behalf of the broader church and its mission.

2. Our WORKING PARTNERS collaborate with us to help build Karagwe University College (KARUCO) and/or Rural Opportunity Centers (ROCs).

ETI collaborates with its PARTNERS to foster economic growth and transform communities through improved water, health, education and entrepreneurial business focused on agriculture. A 2018 list of ETI WORKING PARTNERS includes:

  • College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
  • EARTH University, Costa Rica
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, Karagwe Diocese
  • Engineers Without Borders, USA
  • Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls
  • EVS Engineering, Eden Prairie
  • First Presbyterian Church, St. James
  • JOHNSTON Law Group, Chaska
  • KARUCO Task Force, Karagwe, Tanzania
  • Mortenson Center for Global Engineering, Bernard Amadei, Founder
  • Rural Economic Agricultural Society, Sweden
  • ROC Task Force, Karagwe, Tanzania
  • St. Johns Lutheran Church & School, Chaska
  • University of St Thomas, Saint Paul, Minneapolis
  • Victory Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie
  • Westwood Community Church, Chanhassen


Mr. Bruce Engel & ROC Task Force









In sum, our working PARTNERS support ETI’s mission and work. ETI’s work is to establish KARUCO and ROCs; uphold local Tanzanian leadership as they manage their own projects; work within priorities of the local Task Forces; refrain from introducing or supporting projects outside of KARUCO and ROCs; and share their heart, skills and resources.

ETI’s PARTNERS are the keys to our organization’s success. And here are a couple more.

Dan Edgerton, Water Resources, Stantec

Dr. Andrew Cesari, CMO, Nyakahanga Hospital



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