Poverty Eradication Network Trust

Serving Central Tanzania

PEN Trust Goes to the USA

Written by Andrea on Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Filed under: General News, Events in USA

Mungwe standing by the Welcome to Minnesota sign on the South Dakota borderFor six weeks, PEN Trust Directors, Mungwe ABC Athman and Andrea Wall were in the US. The main purpose of the visit was to register a sister NGO in the US named Poverty Eradication Network of Tanzania. (See separate story.) Other purposes were to connect with current partners and donors as well as create new partnerships. Although six weeks sounded like a long time - many partners and programs were not able to be visited - we sincerely apologize for that! Take a look at some of the people and projects we did have a chance to meet with…


The Gale Mansion - Headquarters of the Minneapolis Branch of the American Association of University Women We visited the American Association of University Women’s - Minneapolis Branch located in the Gale Mansion. We were hosted by Catherine Martignacco and stayed for lunch and two lecturers and met many people connected with our partner organizations.


Singing and dancing at worship We also visited a ministry called Christ For People who invite people with disabilities of all kinds to come and worship together as a community.


Leigh Wold and Andrea Wall preparing for the ice cream social after the worship service at Christ For PeopleAfterwards we enjoyed an ice cream social.


Ms. Wall and former Kindergarten student, Jilliane Brinkman We had a chance to meet with Heidi and Jilliane Brinkman. Jilliane is one of “Ms. Wall’s” former Kindergarten students that has kept in touch over the years. As a family, they have contributed many items such as toys, clothing, books, school supplies, etc. Learn more about them in a future article as they sponsor a student for all four years of secondary school.


The entrance to the Eloise Butler Wildflower GardenThe Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is a slice of wilderness in the midst of a large metropolitan city.


The Minnesota state flower - the Ladyslipper The Minnesota state flower, the Ladyslipper.


The Nature Center at Eloise Butler Flower Garden The Nature Center where you can learn more about the flowers and wildlife available in the garden.


Boats at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, Minnesota No trip to Minneapolis can be complete without a walk around Lake Calhoun.


The Pavillion at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, Minnesota The Pavilion at Lake Calhoun.



Laughing with Etta Carlson and Pastor Phil Worthington at the Calvary gathering While in the US we had a chance to visit with some of PEN Trust’s longtime supporters. Andrea catching up with Etta Carlson and Pastor Phil Worthington.


Mungwe ABC Athman presenting the history of PEN Trust and introducing himself at the Calvary gathering Mungwe ABC Athman presenting a little background on himself as well as the history of PEN Trust and our activities in central Tanzania.


Kenneth Wall selling Tanzanian crafts at the Calvary gathering After the potluck dinner and presentation, people had a chance to purchase crafts from Tanzania.


Minnesota State Capitol Building The Minnesota State Capital Building in St. Paul.


The golden horses atop the Minnesota State Capitol building The golden horses atop the entrance to the Minnesota State Capitol building.


The rotunda at the Minnesota State Capitol A view of the rotunda at the Minnesota State Capitol building.


Frank Braun, our tour guide, Catherine Martignacco and Andrea Wall in the Governor's Ballroom looking at Civil War paintings Our friends are part of the Civil War roundtable so we had a chance to look at some Civil War paintings in the Governor’s Ballroom.


Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota On our city tour, we visited the Como Park Conservatory.


Flowers at the Conservatory Beautiful flowers.


More flowers at the Conservatory More flowers.


Mungwe ABC Athman overlooking Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota


A beautiful sunset at Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota


Lift Bridge in Duluth, Minnesota


Grand Marais, Minnesota


Gooseberry Falls in Minnesota


Gooseberry Falls in Minnesota


Gooseberry Falls in Minnesota


The Mackinaw Bridge


The Mackinaw Bridge





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