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Shrimp Weighs in Big

// April 7th, 2014 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, TCD, TCD Income

Dg. Liwang showing off his new Shrimp Harvest

Finding more sufficient ways of doing the work they already know, this community is really beginning to thrive.  Thanks to locals who are willing to impart their knowledge of fishing and shrimping, villagers here are seeing a bright future, according to the GHNI Indonesia team in their latest update.

Tanakeke-Batu Ampara Village, Indonesia

“We have spent the last six months working with the fishpond owners in Tanakeke-Batu Ampara on ways to improve their harvests. We brought out a local expert to train these men and women on how to raise a new species of shrimp.

“We have since had two successful harvests out of the four that were tried. Nowwith Dg Liwang’s successful harvest, we can add one more to the successful side.

“After 10 weeks of hard diligent work, Dg. Liwang and his family harvested the shrimp and brought in over 160kg (350lbs) of shrimp. This yielded him a profit of over $400, which is better than the $50-$100 per month they had been used to previously. We will continue to improve their methods and train them as they raise shrimp so that their profits will continue to improve and become experts themselves.”

The Story of Cash

// February 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Sendana, TCD, TCD Income

Cash learning about seedling grafting

Cash learning about seedling grafting

Catching the vision, Sendana Villager has not only improved his cocoa farm but encouraged his neighbors in their methods.  GHNI-Indonesia shares the story:

Sendana, Indonesia

“Cash is a young man from Sendana. Like each man in the village he got married early – he is 24 years old now – and started working on the field since a young age. When his father died two years ago, he inherited a cocoa field in bad condition: old and sick trees.  He had a lack of knowledge on caring for cocoa trees.

“Cash is one of these young guys who didn’t want to join the program at first because they had never saw a healthy cocoa tree in their life. He was not believing the climate of his village could allow cocoa trees to grow well. It’s only after he saw the first few grafted trees growing well in the cocoa field of his brother-in-law that Cash became interested in learning.

“In just one month he turned from a sceptical farmer to a farmer encouraging others to learn and work on cocoa. He had done a lot of work alone and bought materials on his own without requesting anything.

“Before the last trip to a cocoa research center that the team organised there was another farmer not really enthusiastic by the idea of leaving his house for four days. Cash said to him, ‘You must come! It’s a unique chance for us. Don’t think of your house but on what you will learn!’ The goal of the trip was to learn about cocoa nursing.

“By his young age and leading character, Cash has a huge potential of encouraging and helping others if he become a successful cocoa farmer.”

English, Math, and Science Change Lives!

// January 13th, 2014 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Camba Berua, TCD, TCD Education

Volunteer Student Team with Camba Berua kids!  (See Nursi, far left in yellow)

Volunteer Student Team with Camba Berua kids! (See Nursi, far left in yellow)

GHNI-Indonesia recently shared this story about how understanding the value of education can change lives one family at a time:

Camba Berua, Indonesia

“For the past 15 months a group of college students has been faithfully teaching a group of 20+ kids every week in many subjects such as English, math, & science but, most importantly, just hanging out with the kids.

“Most of these children are often working in jobs well before finishing junior high-school and have very little to get excited about. More often than not, adults really don’t care to invest in them very much because they have their own worries.

“Living in poverty breeds neglect and ignorance. The cycle of poverty is easily sustained as education systems are often found lacking. A meeting once a week to teach a few phrases in English or to help with math homework is not going to change everything. But a few words of encouragement to a parent about the importance of education can help.

“Nursi is an extremely intelligent young girl who was probably going to be pulled out of school for financial reasons. After the kids program was started, all of the volunteers noticed that Nursi was different and really wanted her to stay in school as she had a great chance to break out of the cycle.

“Some of the volunteers decided to meet with Nursi’s parents and explain to them just how special and gifted Nursi was. After many meetings and many months, Nursi’s parents decided to keep her in school. Nursi is now in junior high-school.

“I just spoke with her mother and she is still excited about how well her daughter is doing and excited about her future.”

Gifted Seamstress Moves to Slum

// November 25th, 2013 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Camba Berua, TCD, TCD Income


Anita working with women in Camba Berua

The GHNI Indonesia team recently shared this captivating story of an Indonesian family who gave up a more attractive life to work with an impoverished community in Makassar, Indonesia.  Ibu Anita’s gift as a seamstress helped her fit right in with the Transformational Community Development (TCD) happening in the slum of Camba Berua.

Camba Berua, Indonesia

“Ibu Anita has lived and worked in Makassar for over 13 years with her husband, Pak Ronnie. Anita and Ronnie are originally from a beautiful part of Indonesia called Manado, where the streets are clean, the schools for their two kids are excellent and there is world call snorkeling and scuba diving all around them. Anita and Ronnie chose to leave their lives of comfort in Manado to serve the poor of Makassar, where the streets are dirty, the local schools are corrupt, the education is lacking, and the people do not accept people of their religion.

“Our team was first introduced to Ronnie and Anita a few years ago, but had never worked closely with them. One day Tiffany, a GHNI leader, while talking with Anita found out that Anita was an incredible seamstress and could literally walk into a mall, look at a piece of clothing hanging on a mannequin and then go home a sew an almost replica of that piece of clothing. Tiffany invited Anita to Camba Berua and the rest is history.

“Two weeks ago, Anita attended our full Training of TCD Training and that’s where the vision became clear to her and her husband. Since then, our team has hired Anita has Camba Berua’s full time trainer and now, twice a week Anita is meeting with the ladies, teaching holistic TCD lessons and teaching the entrepreneurs of Camba Berua about business and sewing.”

Local Leaders
Vital to Sustainability

// November 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Cambaloe, TCD, TCD Income

Pak Firquan teaches villagers from Tanakeke

Pak Firquan teaches villagers from Tanakeke

Training local leaders in GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) methods is a key strategy in being able to relate to local villages.  It is also more sustainable to have local leaders helping their own people rather than depending on an outsider for guidance.  Our team in Indonesia shares of one great opportunity to train local leaders on how to help his fellow Indonesians rise up out of poverty.

Tanakeke-Batu Ampara and Tanakeke-Cambaloe , Indonesia

“Pak Firquan was born and raised in Java, but has lived in Makassar for more than 20 years. Unlike many local fish and shrimp experts who were trained on a formal level in University, Pak Firquan learned everything he knows through personal experience. He had always been interested in understanding fish/shrimp farming, but had never studied before.

“15 years ago, Pak Firquan took a low paying job as an intern for a successful fish/shrimp farmer and decided to stay by this farmer’s side and learn everything he possibly could. Pak Firquan would wake up and the same time as his mentor, go to bed at the same and all day long would ask question after question until he too understood the whys and hows of fish and shrimp farming. After two years, Pak Firquan had become a successful fish and shrimp consultant and had taken on a full time job consulting other farmers on best practices.

“Because of Pak Firquan’s humble beginnings, he understands how to teach fish and shrimp farming principles in a way that make sense and for most of the farmer on the island of Tanakeke (located off the shores of Makassar) who have less than a 6th grade education, that’s important. Pak Firquon recently attended GHNI’s Training of TCD Training.  Pak Firquan thoroughly enjoyed the 5 day training and was excited to take what he learned and apply it to his teaching on the island.”

Rain Harvesting Victory!

// July 26th, 2013 // No Comments » // GHNI Partners, GHNI Partnerships, Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, TCD, TCD Water, TCD Wellness


By installing “rain harvesting gutters” along the roofs of these traditional village homes, their 10,000 liter rain-harvesting systems can be completely filled within two to three weeks of rainy season.

Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, Indonesia

Rain harvesting is the reason Phil and his GHNI team in Indonesia recently celebrated a huge victory with one of their villages.  Nothing defines community better than the hard work of this village.

“The smell was almost unbearable.  For generations the village of Batu Ampara had been defecating close by their homes and all around the village, creating a stench that was enough to make a person gag…or worse. It was like something straight out of a history book, or stepping back in time 150 years. No toilets, no electricity, no clean water (and sometimes no water at all). As the sun went down that first night I spent in Batu Ampara, the village went completely dark, except for a few candles or the occasional flashlight, and at that moment I began to dream of what could be for this village.

“Now, more than two years later, the village is virtually unrecognizable. For starters, the village actually smells nice. Almost every home has a toilet and more importantly, they use it. Every night at dusk a brand new generator kicks on and illuminates the entire village. And now, almost every home has a 10,000 liter rain harvesting system which provides enough clean water all year long. It is as if in a matter of two years, the village has gone from living in the 19th century to living in the 21st century. But all of this change did not come easily.

“The village just completed building the 18th rain harvesting system; wrapping up four months of incredibly grueling but rewarding work. Just last year, the village struggled all through the dry season as the limited amount of village wells remained dry for months. Now each family that participated in the program has a 10,000 liter rain harvesting tank that will last all dry season and bring life changing clean water into every home.

“For the past four months, more than 20 men came together each week to build each other’s rain harvesting systems, completing one system a week. In the words of one of the guys,

‘In the history of our village, this has been the hardest we have ever worked, the most we have ever sat down as one village to eat together and the most we have accomplished together. Now that the program is over, even though we are all incredibly exhausted we’re exhausted in a good way, knowing that our village will now have clean water.’

“Our team did an incredible job working with the village to organize this program, from ordering and shipping materials to training, managing and helping maintain quality construction of the tanks.  Each family was required to contribute at least seven sacks of cement (around $43 US) toward the tank as well as provide at least two workers from each family to help build the tank. Our local trainer from Batu Ampara, Daeng Liwang, transported more than 440 sacks of cement and 2500 bags of sand by boat 14 miles around trip from the local port to the island of Tanakeke.

“Our team, our local partners and the village of Batu Ampara, would like to offer a sincere ‘Thank you’ to our friends and financial partners who encouraged us and made the program possible.  You have helped make a difference in the lives of people you may never meet.”

Hunger Inspires Bakso Business

// July 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, TCD, TCD Food, TCD Income, Uncategorized

Daeng Tola and Daeng Baji in front of their home in Batu Ampara,Tanakeke.

Daeng Tola and Daeng Baji in front of their home in Batu Ampara,Tanakeke.

Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, Indonesia

From the desk of Phil, GHNI National Leader for Indonesia.  Phil and his wife, Tiffany, are Americans dedicating their lives to the Indonesian people since 2010 and 2008 respectively—

“It was one of those nights that make us love what we do despite the many challenges. Sitting on Haji Ero’s front porch of his traditional Makassar wooden house, sipping on local tea that’s almost too sweet to drink and talking until midnight about things that really matter in life; this is when the conversations get really good.  This is why we live in a third world country, eating less than desirable food and traveling on motorcycles to remote villages on roads that can hardly be called a road. On this particular night, we were sitting on Haji’s front porch, drinking our tea when Daeng Tola wandered over from the other side of the village and sat down with us.

“Daeng Tola and his wife Daeng Baji were one of the poorer families in Batu Ampara, living in an incredibly modest house built out of rattan and wood. For years, Daeng Tola had tried to support his family from his fish pond harvests, but it just wasn’t cutting it. Several times in the past year his family had gone for days without food, and he’d had enough. He finally took a risk that not many people in his village would be willing to take and went to the city looking for a job.  He had found a job selling bakso (Indonesian meatballs), working for a man who had several bakso carts and several employees. For more than eight months he had learned the bakso business, earning enough money to support his family.

“Now, sitting on Haji’s front porch, Daeng Tola’s eyes gleamed as he told me the ins and outs of his job, how much he loved making his customers happy and how he loved cooking the most delicious bakso he could every day. He told me how he really loved his job, and how during the past fasting month he had earned almost $100 USD selling bakso. He was providing an income for his wife and small daughter and he was proud of it.

“As long as I live, I’ll never forget Daeng Tola’s next words,

‘My dream is to one day having my own bakso business just like my boss. Someday I’ll be able to earn enough money to buy my own motorcycle and my own basko cart and then I’ll be a real business man. I’ll make enough money so my family will never be poor again!’

“As Daeng Tola shared his dream with me, I couldn’t help but think about our micro-credit program we had started in the slum area of Camba Berua and what a success that was, helping 8 women start their own small businesses.  ‘What if I told you that we have a micro-credit program available for entrepreneurs with great business ideas?’ Daeng Tola’s jaw almost dropped into his tea. I explained that if he put his ‘dream’ on paper in the form of a business plan, he could potentially qualify for one of our small business loans. We gave Daeng Tola a small business loan application and he almost ran home to talk to his wife about the new opportunity.

Daeng Tola's customers can either buy "sticks" of bakso for about $0.05 a stick or they can get a bowl of bakso soup with noodles and an egg for about $0.25.

Daeng Tola’s customers can either buy “sticks” of bakso for about $0.05 a stick or they can get a bowl of bakso soup with noodles and an egg for about $0.25.

“Six weeks later, Daeng Tola’s business plan was approved for our micro-credit program, allowing for him to get a motorcycle, a small bakso cart and all the necessary materials to start a bakso business for under $700 USD. Because of Daeng Tola’s example, two other young guys have started their own successful bakso businesses through the micro-credit program as well.

“For the past two months, Daeng Tola has been incredibly successful in his bakso business, earning enough money for him and his family to have a home in the city and to pay back his micro-loan every month. Now every week, I get to sit on Daeng Tola’s front porch, drinking tea that’s almost too sweet to drink and talking about things that really matter in life.”

Overcoming Village Challenges

// May 27th, 2013 // No Comments » // Adopt a Village, Indonesia, Indonesia-Sendana, TCD, TCD Income

Overcoming Community Challenges

GHNI Leader, Cedric, meets with some of the farmers, explaining the importance of clearing out dead fruit from around the trees in order to prevent disease from spreading

Sendana, Indonesia

The GHNI team in Indonesia announces a new Transformational Community Development (TCD) village after overcoming many challenges.  Their story is an example of the great care all GHNI teams take in choosing the village which is best motivated toward community transformation.

“After facing unexpected challenges in GHNI’s previous designated cocoa village, GHNI’s leadership along with a partnering organization decided to begin assessing new potential villages last year.  Over a period of 7 months, our local GHNI Indonesia team began assessing potential TCD villages. After spending months visiting villages, meeting with government officials and collecting data, our team is proud to announce the new TCD village:  Sendana, located in the Kabupaten of Majene.

“Sendana is located 350 meters above sea level, in a remote, mountainous area. Currently there is more than 80 hectare of cocoa being grown, but many of the farmers have lost hope that their cocoa production could ever be what it used to be. In the words of one farmer, ‘We are waiting for a solution!’

“At the end of March, our team kicked off the TCD program with a ‘vision seminar,’ describing in detail the vision and structure for the new cocoa program.  Following the vision seminar, our team will work alongside the village to help implement a four to six week ‘seed project.’ This will encourage village unity and show the village that they can work together to develop their village and increase their cocoa production.

“The idea for the seed project will come directly from the village, chosen by the community themselves. This seed project could range from building fences around the cocoa trees to protect them from cows, construct an area for all the village goats in order to easily collect manure for fertilization, or dig drainage areas in order to better help flooding around the cocoa trees.

“Starting in June, our team will begin the regular, weekly cocoa program, teaching concepts such as ‘how to clean and why to prune’ and ‘how to recognize cocoa diseases.’  Our team will help to construct a cocoa demonstration area to help take the ‘cocoa farming theory’ and apply what they have learned. We will begin the program in Sendana, with plans to expand into other areas nearby.”

Racing for Water

// May 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, TCD, TCD Water, Uncategorized

A year ago, the women of Tanah Keke would race to the local well in the middle of the night to get water for their family.   In less than four minutes, you can see a village transform from racing for water in the middle of the night to having enough water for each family.  GHNI National leader, Phil, captures this inspiring six-month transformation on video. GHNI National leader, Phil, captures this inspiring six-month transformation on video.

Watch this inspiring video!

Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, Indonesia

A year ago, the women of Tanakeke-Batu Ampara would race to the local well in the middle of the night to get water for their family.   In less than four minutes, you can see a village transform from racing for water in the middle of the night to having enough water for each family.  GHNI National leader, Phil, captures this inspiring six-month transformation on video. GHNI National leader, Phil, captures this inspiring six-month transformation on video.


Tragedy Doesn’t Trample Hope

// February 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Disaster Relief, Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, TCD

Village leaders discuss how to help their village through this tragedy

For the village of Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, understanding GHNI’s TCD concepts have been especially helpful in the past few weeks following a recent disaster.  Known as “the forgotten Island” off of the mainland of Sulawesi, Indonesia, the residents of Tanakeke-Batu Ampara have been engaging in TCD training for over a year, transforming their village in many ways.

Phil Costello, GHNI National Leader in Indonesia wrote the following,

“On January 9th, one of the most devastating storms in decades hit the island of Tanakeke. More than 1500 fish and shrimp ponds, the main source of income for the 7000 people living on the island, were destroyed in less than 48 hours. Countless homes were demolished and roofs were ripped off homes like they were doll houses. Tragically, four people traveling to the island drowned when their boat capsized during the storm.

This was the first time I’ve been able to visit in two weeks, since the weather has been far too severe to cross to the island. For the past two days I met with village leaders, discussing how our team might partner with the community to help restore their economic livelihood. Starting in March, our team will work alongside the village to help form ‘work groups’ made up of 3-5 men who will work together to help restore/rebuild their fish and shrimp ponds.”

Not only does GHNI focus on Transformational Community Development but also Disaster Relief.  Fortunately for the people of Tanakeke-Batu Ampara, already having embraced the concepts of TCD, their minds are in gear to quickly rebuild their community and to understand that Hope is not lost.

The following video is one proud day of Tanakeke-Batu Ampara’s TCD journey:

Illumination on the Island: Tanakeke gets Electricity!