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Living to Live,
Not Just Survive!

// June 18th, 2014 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Wellness

Luka sharing his joy over his family’s improved health

Luka sharing his joy over his family’s improved health

Dogon Gada, Village

Luka lives in Dogon Gada Village, Nigeria, with his wife and children. When we first met this family, their life was full of hospital visits for illnesses such as malaria, the children’s severe diarrhea and vomiting, and skin diseases, just to name a few. Their life wasn’t really about living; it was about surviving.

Children are especially vulnerable to illness from malnutrition—not getting enough of the right kinds of food to sufficiently sustain life. This level of malnutrition can illicit various diseases, excessive bloating, and lighter hair. Childrens’ education suffers due to a high number of home sick days or poor performance for lack of concentration. In some cases, lack of proper nutrition is even fatal.

Luka knew that his children’s future was in jeopardy.

Luka heard about the Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons from the other villagers and jumped right in. “Luka has been a good student of our TCD lessons on wellness,” reports Nigeria’s National Leader, “He practices everything he is taught.” Luka’s devotion to living out the principles taught in TCD is evident.

“I have benefited immensely from TCD lessons on wellness and it has transformed my life,” Luka shares. “Now we eat more balanced diet and take care of our living environment like we have never done before. The resultant effect is today my family is a healthier family. I have not been to the hospital for about five months now as compared to the past when we used to make regular visits to the hospital.”

Families like Luka’s learn how to work hard to change their lives in TCD lessons. They become consistent in using mosquito nets, following proper sanitation principles and more importantly, finding a sustainable source of fruits and vegetables to supplement their usual diet of only rice, beans, or maize. Planting family gardens not only provides more meals for the family to share but also a larger variety of nutrients. TCD workers help village families learn what will grow best in their village and how to irrigate and fertilize in a way which is sustainable. The best part is that the children love helping, so they can pass on knowledge to their own families some day!

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The Story of Bitrus

// April 21st, 2014 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Education

Bitrus wants to be a medical doctor some day

Bitrus wants to be a medical doctor some day

Villagers in Dogon Gada have known for some time how important it was to find a way to give their children an education.  They even started a school without the proper four walls.  Now, the school is being fully operated and star pupils are standing out.  Here’s one story for you from the GHNI Nigeria team.

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

“Quite a lot is going on in Dogon Gada in the area of education, one of the five key elements fundamental to transformation. This month, we present the story of Bitrus, a 13-year old Dukawa boy, a native of Dogon Gada village where he lives with his parents.

“This is what Bitrus has to say about the Dogon Gada Primary School:

‘I am having a good time in this school. This is the first time I am going to school in my life.  Our teacher is teaching us well. I came here to get educated so that I can become a medical doctor. I will surely achieve this with the help of God.’”

Hand Washing Review

// February 21st, 2014 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Education, TCD Wellness

Learning hand-washing as disease prevention

Learning hand-washing as disease prevention

With a brand new primary school, students are anxious to attend school every day.  With recent review of personal hygiene, as told by GHNI Nigeria leaders, this is all the more possible and has changed the lives of three young girls.

 Dogon Gada, Nigeria

“Aisha, Blessing, and Amira are three small girls, amongst several other children in Dogon Gada who suffered incidences of diarrhea within the past year. Our Transformational Community Development (TCD) Worker and our school teacher discovered that the children have not been practicing hand-washing as they had been taught in the past. So they began to teach hand-washing again within the village and in the primary school.

“Within the quarter, the trio of girls had become diligent in washing their hands, particularly before meals. This prevented them from suffering from diarrhea like they used to. Their parents are very grateful for this TCD teaching because the children are healthier now. Not only that, but they no longer spend hard-earned money on medications.”

Literacy Classes Transform Family

// December 23rd, 2013 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Education

Meet Samuel

Meet Samuel

When is it too old to begin learning how to read and write?  According to Samuel, there’s no excuse to let age stand in the way of taking literacy classes!  Here’s the rest of his inspiring story from the GHNI team in Nigeria…

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

“Samuel, age 27, is a native of Dogon Gada, where he lives with his wife and three children.  He has never been to school in all his 27 years of living. A couple of months back; he took up the challenge of becoming literate and began to attend our literacy classes.

“He is not doing badly, as he can now read and write letters A-Z, and his name in English. He is doing even much better with Hausa language, which he can read and write simple sentences in Hausa.

“While continuing with his literacy classes, he has enrolled his oldest child who is of school age in the village primary school.

“Samuel said, ‘I have made up my mind to get educated, my age notwithstanding. I will encourage other adults in this village to take up the challenge like I did. Age is no barrier, we must get educated.’

“Samuel is indeed our village advocate for transformation.”

Join Us for a Holiday Feast!

// December 18th, 2013 // No Comments » // GHNI Holiday Store, Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Food

Feast

Gambo Ya’u in his garden.

Are you planning a big holiday feast with your friends and family?  Many of the villages we work in suffer from malnutrition, so “feast” is not a term with which they are familiar.  The families in these villages are working hard just to survive.  They are happy to serve their children any food, and often this is possible only once each day.

This is where GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons on health and nutrition come in.  When families learn to start their own garden and plant a variety of fruits and vegetables, it’s amazing to hear how lives begin to change.  Children are healthier and miss school less often.  They are able to focus on lessons because their stomachs aren’t rumbling.  Fathers can work harder and earn more income when they are stronger.

Gambo Ya’u, a 13 year old boy in Nigeria listened to the TCD teaching on balanced diet and family gardens.  He decided to plant a small garden of vegetables near the village stream.  Faithfully, each morning and evening, Gambo Ya’u tends and waters his garden.

He said,  “I don’t want my family to buy vegetables this year.  We will get them all from my garden and I will sell whatever is left to make small money.”

You can help others like Gambo Ya’u start a family garden this holiday season.

Go to ghni.org/holiday-shop to give a feast!

OR

Watch this 1 minute video to learn more:

Seeds & Training for Garden from GHNI **Please go to GHNI.ORG/HOLIDAY-SHOP from Global Hope Network Int’l on Vimeo.

Sewing Skills Bring Martha Hope

// September 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Income

Martha at her Sewing Machine

Martha at her Sewing Machine

The local tailoring center in Dogon Gada is helping women like Martha refine their sewing skills to help provide additional income during the dry season.  GHNI Nigeria shares how Martha’s special drive will be an asset to her husband and children:

Dogon Gada, Nigeria“Most women in Dogon Gada do not have paid jobs outside their homes.  During the dry season, they stay home to take care of their families. When the rainy season comes, they get really busy and assist their husbands on the farms.

“Martha Danladi is one of such women who lives with her husband and children.  Martha is one of those who enrolled in our tailoring center, an initiative we designed to empower the women with sewing skills and knitting.  She picked up the challenge of utilizing the dry season months productively and learned to sew.  She has been doing well since she started.

“‘I have benefited from the tailoring center because I am now able to make small dresses for my children which I would have paid someone else to do for me,’ said Martha.  ‘I divert such money to meet other needs in my home.’

“Jemima, her Trainer at the Center, thinks Martha is very smart because she has a goal.  She told Jemima that her plan is that when she has mastered her sewing skills she will be able to make money to support her family and even her parents.  At the end of her training, she hopes to have a sewing machine of her own and to own a shop so that she can make money and also train others in the trade.  Martha is determined to put in her best to master it.”

Sarki Yau’s Peppers

// August 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Food, TCD Income

 

peppers

Sarki Yau showing off his produce

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

One decision changed the course of one Nigerian family’s life after their village, Dogon Gada, caught on to new farming practices and Sarki Yau decided to start growing peppers.  GHNI Nigeria shares his story:

“Since the summer rainy season has started, the farming season is here. All the villagers are busy on their farms. The villagers are encouraged to use best farming practices taught them in Transformational Community Development (TCD) for maximum farm yield.

“The man in the picture is Sarki Yau in his farm of tender pepper plants.  His life has been greatly impacted by GHNI’s TCD program in his village. He is an ardent TCD practitioner. The health of his family has tremendously improved. His children are enrolled in the literacy classes; his daughter in-law is learning to sew in the tailoring center. His life is changed completely by the various TCD lessons he has been exposed to.  Recently, he planted bell peppers. He used natural manure made from cow dung in the small pepper garden. The plants are doing fairly well; he anticipates a good yield and a good income.” 

Literacy: New Opportunity in Village

// July 24th, 2013 // No Comments » // Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Education

Literacy

Danjuma

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

Providing an education for the children in Dogon Gada is a new opportunity that the GHNI team in Nigeria is really excited about.  Danjuma is just one reason why.

“Our village, Dogon Gada, does not have a school. It has never had one. The children born in the village grow up without ever having the opportunity of attending any school. But this story is changing soon. The good news is that a school will start off in the village in September when a new session begins. GHNI is helping to make this happen.

“Having recognized the disadvantaged position of the village as regards education, we have held literacy classes in the village for about three years now.

“Danjuma lives in the village. He was born there and has now grown into a 15-year old teenager.  Danjuma does not want to remain illiterate.  Last year, when he was age 14, he took advantage of the literacy classes. He began to attend classes, though rather inconsistently.

literacy

Danjuma’s letter reads, “Letter to my Pastor. I hope you are doing well. I have not seen you in a long while. Thank you”

“When he started, he could not read nor write in Hausa (his native language) or English, could neither spell nor write his name. He first learnt the Hausa alphabets and how to spell and write his name. Danjuma is doing pretty well. As at last month, he attempted to write letters to his friends in Hausa.

“A transformation that is quite promising has begun in the life of Danjuma.”

Africans Solving Africa’s Problems

// June 12th, 2013 // No Comments » // GHNI Partner Trips, GHNI Partnerships, Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Education, TCD Wellness, Uncategorized

Africans solving africas problems

We occasionally pitched in to help

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

From the desk of GHNI regional director, Jeff Latsa, on a recent Partner Trip to Nigeria which proved that the title of this piece, “African’s Solving Africa’s Problems,” can really happen.

“These four words describe my recent trip to Nigeria.  Originally we planned on building a two room adult literacy center.  Because of our National Director’s vision it morphed into a three and a half classroom self-sustainable elementary school.  If you are wondering about the room: on one end of the school we built a small shop (1/2 the size of a classroom) that will sell essentials like flour, oil and soap (in addition to school supplies) to help pay the teachers.  There is no school in the area and kids in this village have never had the opportunity to learn how to read and write.  In addition to this, the classrooms are big enough so kids from the surrounding villages can learn there, too.

“Actually it was NOT us (the five Americans on the short term Partner Trip) who built the school.  Well over 90% of the construction was done by the Africans themselves. Since we still had enough time and bricks (made out of mud & straw) we decided to build three one room apartments – one for the GHNI worker, one for a government worker and the other one is a parsonage.

“Not finished yet, our National Director laid out a third building consisting of a kitchen, mess hall, and a small clinic containing a nurse’s room (which will be used for everything, including delivering babies), a doctor’s office and a pharmacy. Currently there isn’t a pharmacy within a three days walk.

“Our building efforts were contagious.   People all around the village were improving their own compounds.  We saw another family adding a washroom onto their hut.

africans solving africas problems

Dr. Owudah gives a meningitis vaccination as part of the medical clinic

“Talking about medical needs, one year ago we conducted a health screening/medical clinic in the village.  Malnutrition and skin diseases were rampant and hygiene was deplorable.  Some of the same nurses that had been there a year ago were there again during our trip and they were utterly amazed at the improvements in the village.  Weights were up, malnutrition had all but vanished and general health and hygiene had improved dramatically.

“One Dr. Owudah commented, ‘Dogan Gada, upon our arrival looked truly like a Model Village, the surroundings looked well-kept and the set up was good.’  In just two days the African medical team was able to evaluate & treat 373 people.

“ ‘Last year, in December, when I was setting up my goals for 2013, I took time to reflect on my life,’ Dr. Owudah shares with GHNI Nigeria’s National Leader, ‘ I told myself I must take time in 2013 to do some humanitarian work and use my medical profession to be a blessing to humanity…when I heard the [GHNI Nigeria National Leader] talk about the upcoming humanitarian program and called for volunteers…I signed up immediately.  The experience I have had here has been beautiful, enriching and rewarding.  I look forward to having many more such opportunities.  Kudos to GHNI.”

“The real heroes are the Africans.  But you are a hero, too.  Without you, our partners, all of this would not have happened.  You are truly transforming communities and saving lives. Thank you.”

Jeff Latsa

GHNI Regional Field Leader

Fruit of the Faithful

// May 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // GHNI Partner Trips, GHNI Partners, GHNI Partnerships, Nigeria, Nigeria-Dogon Gada, TCD, TCD Education, TCD Food, TCD Income, TCD Wellness

Fruit of the Faithful

Gambo Ya’u is proud of his garden

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

 “Gambo Ya’u, only 13 years old, a relative of Sarki Ya’u, has been fortunate to listen to our Transformational Community Development (TCD) teachings on food, miracle acre, faith garden, balanced diet. Impacted by these teachings, he decided to plant a small area of vegetables close to the village stream. He is faithful to go there every morning and evening to water it. He said,

“I don’t want my family to buy vegetables this year. We will get all our vegetable supplies from my small garden and I will sell whatever excess I have to make small money.”

This is just one example of the transformation happening in Dogon Gada.  After a recent visit by a Partner Team from the U.S., this village has been deeply encourage and motivated to continue working hard and be faithful to their villages development.  Here is the rest of the report from the GHNI team in Nigeria,

 “We have made much progress in TCD in many different areas.  After attending several of our TCD lessons on food, the Village Chief has planted a nursery of chili peppers. He plans to transplant the peppers at the end of April. Our Women Empowerment (Tailoring Centre) project will soon be up and running as they generate income doing sewing and bead-work.  We have just put up a 4-classroom block for the village school.

“Much of the work was done with the help of a combined team of volunteers from Nigeria and a Partner Team from the US.  The roof will be added next week.  Although these are not all of the current projects, one more project we want to mention is that a team of volunteer doctors and nurses did consultation and handed out medications at a recent Medical Clinic.  The general health of the people has improved tremendously following the TCD lessons.”

There are many more exciting plans for the future, including finishing the classroom project, three seed projects as a way of opening new villages for TCD, launching a goat loan project and a village pharmacy, just to name a few! It is the faithful heart of these villagers that has helped change their own lives.