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Toilets Transform Lives

// May 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Cambaloe, TCD, TCD Wellness

Haji Tawang's Toilet

Toilet Construction at Haji Tawang’s House

Hygiene and sanitation are often not a part of daily life for many villagers that GHNI works alongside.  Toilets are a major element missing in their lives.  GHNI-Indonesia has been working closely with Haji Tawang’s village in this aspect of Transformational Community Development (TCD) and wants to share this inspiring story with us.

Tanakeke-Cambaloe Village, Indonesia
“This past month we have seen 7 more toilets built in Cambaloe.  Haji Tawang’s is by far the most fancy.

“GHNI has spent some time working with the people in Cambaloe, explaining the need for toilets and the purpose of septic pits. The people in Cambaloe have seen some of the toilet construction in our other village on Tanakeke Island and have also seen some of the toilets the government has constructed (which are typically placed next to a well…).

“Some have taken these ideas and expanded on them and made improvements, such as Haji Tawang.

He really wanted to make sure the wall structure was permanent and that it was elevated, so when the rainy season comes the toilet area won’t flood. Haji Tawang does all these improvements on his own as we only provide the concrete rings for the septic pit and the actual ceramic toilet. Haji Tawang provides the cement, rocks, wall materials, and labor.”

Daeng Lia Sewing Herself
out of Poverty

// May 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Camba Berua, TCD, TCD Income

Dg. Lia worked hard for two weeks on a new pattern

Dg. Lia worked hard for two weeks on a new pattern

Camba Berua, Indonesia

Daeng Lia lived a quiet life in Camba Berua, a slum village outside of a larger Indonesian city. Born and raised as the daughter of a village leader, she thought she’d be stuck in the slum. Things looked up when she fell in love with a man from outside the village. They were married and moved into a house rented from a slum lord with dreams of having a family and climbing out of poverty.

Soon after, Dg. Lia and her husband devastatingly discovered that Lia could not get pregnant. In Indonesian culture, not being able to conceive has numerous implications. Many looked upon her as being “cursed.” This began her downward spiral as she withdrew from the community, keeping to herself most of the day.

It seemed as though her dreams were shattered.

The summer of 2011 marked a pivotal season for Dg. Lia. GHNI introduced Transformational Community Development (TCD) to Camba Berua Village and one TCD worker began getting to know her on a personal level. The leader told us, “I saw that not only was she a bright person with a great sense of humor, but she also had a lot she could teach the other women of Camba Berua. With all of Dg. Lia’s time at home, she had become an excellent seamstress.”

When Dg. Lia was asked if she’d be willing to teach other villagers how to sew, her quiet manner immediately livened. Week after week Dg. Lia blossomed from a shy woman to a confident entrepreneur and teacher.

Dg. Lia holding up her completed pattern

Dg. Lia holding up her completed pattern

Years later, Paul, GHNI-Indonesia’s National Leader shares,

“Dg. Lia has been the source of great pride for our staff here in Indonesia.”

Her consistency in involvement in TCD and her quick success in her sewing business has allowed her to increase her income and begin saving her money.

Paul also shares, “Dg. Lia has constantly challenged herself and is always perfecting her new craft by trying new patterns and more challenging pieces to sew.” With a more experienced sewing teacher in town, she can tackle more difficult projects. Her success is an inspiration to GHNI leaders as well as her community.

The hope for this year is for Dg. Lia to possibly open a store-front or advertise to draw in more business. Dg. Lia and her husband have dreamed of buying their own house rather than renting from a slum-lord. This would truly be a mark of self-sustainability.

Would you consider helping people like Dg. Lia build a sustainable way of income generation?

Join us in helping other women receive the tools necessary to improve their family’s income!


Rain Water Saves Villagers

// April 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Indonesia, Indonesia-Tanakeke-Cambaloe, TCD, TCD Water

Tanakeke-Cambaloe Village building their first water tank

Tanakeke-Cambaloe Village building their first water tank

Villagers in Cambaloe on the island of Tanakeke are working hard to make the most out of the coming rainy season.  See what GHNI Indonesia has to say about the work ethic and thoughtfulness of these villagers.

Tanakeke-Cambaloe Village, Indonesia

“Tanakeke-Cambaloe Village is now coming together to build their first water tank! Of course it is under the watchful eye of our trainer from the previous village, Dg. Jalling, and our liaison, Hj. Ngero, on the island.

“Initially we had delayed the construction of any water tanks until after the community had finished building all the toilets. But the community leader in Cambaloe, Dg. Nyengka, had a better idea. Dg. Nyengka mentioned it would be a good idea to build a few tanks before the rainy season started so we can fill the tanks up with fresh water to use to build the remaining tanks even during the dry season. This is a great idea since the community runs out of fresh water and the cost to bring fresh water from another place would be too expensive to build tanks.

“The first three tanks have been built now and are already catching rain water. We are hoping for many more great ideas such as this as we continue working with the people in Cambaloe.”

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.”