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Section One: Focus Countries
50% Malnutrition in Rural Ethiopia
Villagers in Megaladi Village find their solution! Vegetables Help 28 Families!
“It’s great when you experience success sooner rather than later. Although we have been working in Megaladi for a couple of years, we have only recently started a new initiative of collective farming through our Agriculture Committee. Many people from the village are excited and encouraged by the early results.
“Now approximate 50 people, representing 28 households are engaged in our irrigated small vegetable garden program. Most of the land is covered with tomatoes, potatoes, and a variety of root vegetables. We have been working hard in the community to show the benefits of TCD and it is good to finally taste some degree of success through your help and this new initiative.”
Turkish Minority Poor Want Education
Books to Aspiring University Students. A Volunteer Doctor Gives of Himself.
“With the help of many of you, Dr. K was able to deliver 50 sets of University Test Prep Books to poor Zaza students in the community where we usually work. This is a very important test that is the only metric used for deciding if and where students can go to university. It was a lot of books. Dr K shared how education is an important part of preparing for the future and that we (and you!) will be wishing the best for all of these students.”
Nepal Suffering from High Human Trafficking but One Village is Changing This!
“As most women are uneducated in the village, they are vulnerable for human traffickers to easily make them their prey. Therefore, realizing the importance of education, we have started teaching them how to read and write, appointing one volunteer who is teaching five days a week one hour in the evening. Now, from 4pm to 5pm, these women are getting adult education in their old age.
“As the women showed interest to learn to read and write, there was no place where they could be gathered for classes. The village worker taught a group of men how we could develop our own community by our own resources. Then we started collecting locally available resources to build one classroom. People gathered locally available grass, bamboo and wood to build the hut. Within 15 days we completed this hut with the active participation of the people. Now we don’t have any problem gathering the people for TCD lessons in the village.
“This small act of community participation in the development of society has shown that if community can stand together, then there is nothing which couldn’t be achieved. This has boosted the morale of the people in the village.”
Diarrhea Decreasing, One Village at a Time
“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.”
Indian Tribals Suffer From Alcohol Abuse and Boredom
“Jharla is a poor farmer from Dhokar Jhara. Most of the time he would drink and not do work. But after seeing other farmers who have learned from Transformational Community Development (TCD) about income generation, Jharla also decided to do second crop for additional income. He has planted potato and mustard.
“When I talked to him about this change, he was very happy and said, ‘This income will be enough for me to buy clothes for the family for whole year.’ ”
Recovering From the Violence, One Family at a Time with Education and Micro-Loans
“We succeed to find 12 ladies and we started swing training December 7. This training will take 3 weeks. After that, we will do testing to see how they doing. Everyone who pass the test, we will give her a sewing machine. We will write a contract with them and continue following them after training. Every lady will pay back a fixed amount each month. Through this amount, we plan buying new sewing machines for a number of other women so we can expand the circle of our service.”
Villages Mostly Overlooked in Development
Villagers Multiplying Education as Lessons Empower Community
“The new computer centre in Bendall is up and running! Our local Transformational Community Development (TCD) worker writes about this and the Health Lessons he has been teaching:
‘The female students have finished registering for the first course, which will teach Microsoft Word. Their lessons began on December 1st. Meanwhile, 5 male teachers who are under 28 years old are also learning computer skills, as well as 12 boys who have never used a computer before. These will be regular students at the centre.
‘The men who benefitted from the TCD lessons are already teaching their families about the health lessons, such as disease prevention. One of the men who attended the lessons, Elan*, is 38 years old and has 4 children. During the health lessons, he learnt how to check blood pressure and afterwards he went and bought a sphygmomanometer so he can check the blood pressure of himself and his family.’
“This is good news! High blood pressure is a particular problem in the area and it is exciting to see locals taking the initiative after their TCD lessons and teaching their families what they have learnt.”
*For purposes of security and well-being, “Elan” is a pseudonym of the person being helped by this project.
Water is a Crisis in Most Rural Areas but Village Unites and Solves Problem
“Last year we helped repair two water pumps in Saneba. In order to ensure community ownership in this sector, we created a Water Committee to ensure the follow-up and management of these pumps. The water committee has been doing a stellar job since.
“The water committee has come together to establish a fund that people who use the pumps pay into each month. A few months ago one of the pumps required another repair. However, this time because they owned the pump, they were able to pay for the repairs themselves.
“Inspired by what is happening in Saneba, one TCD participant, Claude, from the village of Pana (3km from Saneba) talked about how he shared the training with people in his village. Members of the community united and were able to raise the necessary resources locally to repair a further three wells! He was so excited about the training he received and how he has been able to use it to impact his community.”
Slum Families Transformed
“We have been conducting a training for eight women in Camba Berua for the last two years. These eight women have been diligent week in and week out, and have consistently progressed with our professional trainers. They have all begun small businesses using the skills they have learned not only as tailors but as small business owners and all the responsibility that brings (finances, sales, etc).
“This past December we held a graduation for all the women who faithfully attended the sewing program. During the graduation ceremony we allowed each woman an opportunity to speak and share their experiences in the sewing program. In the speeches, the women talked about how they had doubted themselves in the beginning or they felt like they wouldn’t be able to learn something new or wouldn’t be able to really contribute to the family financially.
“But now they all have a sense of pride, a new skill, and are contributing significantly to their families. These eight women have gone from thinking they were incapable of much to realizing how much capability they have. This is what real transformation is about, giving people the knowledge to succeed and encouraging them along the way.”
Culture Clash Amongst Syrian Refugees
“Living among her friends and fellow Syrians, Sabeen*, a young mother needed help. She asked for assistance but her friends would not assist her because she didn’t wear culturally appropriate clothing. She insisted she was part of their culture even though she chose not to dress this way. This highly troubled her.
“Later, she was at the hospital with her young daughter and talking with the nurse. She told her the problems she had faced. The nurse told her of GHNI. The woman was hopeful and asked if GHNI would help her even though she didn’t dress for the culture.
“The nurse smiled and said, ‘Yes, they will help you.’”
*For purposes of security and well-being, “Sabeen” is a pseudonym of the person being helped by this project.
Section Two: Feature Article of the Month
Reconciliation Bring Hope and Change in Attir, Kenya
By, Jeff Power, GHNI US Partner Development Team
We’ve all heard the powerful expression, “Love your neighbor.” It’s not ultimately a religious or philosophical statement, but rather a statement of need – it’s what NEEDS to happen to change the world.
In that sentiment, we’re thrilled to announce — GHNI is beginning a Transformational Community Development (TCD) program with Attir Village in Kenya, a village that used to be enemies of a village that graduated from our TCD program this past summer: Gambella Village.
If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll recall that Gambella Village (of the Borana tribe) was brutally attacked in ’09 by Attir Village (of the Turkana tribe). Eight of Gambella’s men were killed and thousands of animals were stolen. It was tragic, almost ending Gambella’s existence.
We urged Gambella and all other Boranas NOT to retaliate, to help end the cycle of violence, and they agreed.
Tragedies always have the power to become life-changing opportunities if we’ll let them.
After the attack, our GHNI-Kenya team joined with the regional government to help facilitate peace between the tribes in that area. It worked! For the last two years Gambella and Attir have been on truly friendly terms, with their children learning side-by-side in the Gambella Primary School.
Attir has watched Gambella’s transformation. And they’ve opened themselves to learning. As a result, Attir committed themselves to forsaking banditry and learning how to truly transform. And we have committed ourselves to helping them.
And here’s some additional great news – Gambella’s leaders are joining in to help teach them, too.