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Women’s Hygiene
Poses Threat

// July 30th, 2014 // No Comments » // Nepal, Nepal-BT Village, TCD, TCD Wellness

Women of BT Village

Women of BT Village

BT Village, Nepal

“Lana and I stood at the door of a wooden hut chatting with the mother of the house about their living conditions,” shares Hal Jones, GHNI President. He and his wife, Lana, had just returned from visiting BT Village in Nepal with horrific stories about these women’s hygiene conditions. He continued, “She explained to Lana that all the women in the village must stay in a shed next to the house when they have their monthly period, since they are ‘unclean’ and have no sanitary napkins.”

This is not an uncommon scenario amongst the rural villages with whom we work. In fact, women who are able to find work risk their jobs due to high rates of absenteeism during their menstrual cycle.


Girls reaching puberty often drop out

of school because of poor attendance.


All of this is due to lack of proper hygiene during menstruation.

“Another woman explained that she has never used a pit latrine because the village has none, so at night she must go into the forest near the home to relieve herself. She explained there are tigers active in the forest and she is afraid,” said Hal Jones of his recent visit to Nepal. In fact, one in three women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment, and even attack because they do not have a toilet. These same women can spend up to 97 billion hours each year looking for somewhere to relieve themselves.

Additionally, bathing had been a problem for the women in BT Village due to lack of water access. Fortunately villagers have solved the water problem with the recent construction of a well in their village. The next step will be to teach the villagers about proper sanitation and hygiene.

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Villagers Excited for Expansion

// July 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Afghanistan, Afghanistan-Q Village, TCD

Villagers are happy to see us!

Villagers are happy to see us!

GHNI leaders in Afghanistan reveal plans for expansion from one village where Transformational Community Development (TCD) has proven a success.

*Q Village, Afghanistan

“Earlier this year we met and spoke with local district governors about expanding the work around Q Village to other villages. The local district governor visited Q Village with us and we showed him the work we have carried out in the past two years, including health lessons, BLiSS, and the new irrigation system which is helping villagers to increase their yield of fruit and vegetables. They have been discussing which village GHNI can extend its work into and we are waiting to hear from them.

“GHNI will soon visit Q Village again and see how we can extend the irrigation system so even more fields can be put into use. It is a pleasure to work in Q Village and GHNI has maintained a good relationship with them and the elders over the past few years.”

* For purposes of security and well-being, “Q Village” is a pseudonym of the village that is being helped by this project.

Milk and Eggs for Breakfast

// July 23rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Jordan, Jordan-Goat Loan Program, TCD, TCD Food, TCD Income

This girl and her family are grateful for their goats

This girl and her family are grateful for their goats

Goat Loan Program, Jordan

Out of milk and eggs? Just pull your car into the supermarket on your way home from work. Easy, right? Your children will have a nice high-protein breakfast in the morning so they can be successful in school. You have a post-workout calcium boost to supplement your bones and muscles. But, what if you lived in rural Jordan without a car or money enough to buy food for you and your children? Also, the nearest market is a half-day walk from your village.

Animals are crucial to survival in many rural villages in the countries where we work.

Not only do they provide food for families but are a great source of income in areas where “supermarkets” don’t exist. That’s why our team in Jordan established a Goat Loan Program for the village cluster in rural northern Jordan. A goat costing about $60 is “loaned” to a family. They pay back the loan by giving the first kid (baby goat) back to GHNI, which is loaned to another family. Families can sell additional kids and milk, yogurt or cheese for income. Goats continue to reproduce, creating sustainable form of income for each family.

One GHNI-Jordan leader shares, “One young girl and her family had one goat from us and now they have eight. They use the milk to make yogurt and cheese and they eat it for breakfast and dinner. They sold a male goat and were able to make income from the sale. Her father is excited to increase the number of his herd. This project helped provide food for the family, as well as a substantial and sustainable income.”

GHNI leader shows fresh eggs from one family’s chickens

GHNI leader shows fresh eggs from one family’s chickens

Seeing the success of loaning goats to villagers has allowed the GHNI-Jordan team to expand the program.

Because chickens require lower management than goats, they have confidence introducing chicken loans will be equally or even more successful. Families can use the eggs or meat for food and income.

Defyahna, the village where the chicken loans will pilot, has already proven success with goats.

“Beginning with 14 goats, we were able to get from them 60 kids. This has been a very successful program in this village,” says one GHNI worker, “We have a family there who is now self-sustaining because they raised over 30 goats and have a successful business. Our plan is to expand the chicken and goat program into several new villages.”

Poverty doesn’t only exist in December, that’s why we’re celebrating Christmas in July.

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Orphans and Widows of HIV/AIDS

// July 21st, 2014 // No Comments » // Kenya, Kenya-Attir, TCD, TCD Wellness

Widow of HIV/AIDS

Widow of HIV/AIDS

It’s no secret that HIV and AIDS is a leading cause of death in Kenya. Here’s the story of one village whose community is making plans to curb the statistics.

Attir Village, Kenya

“Mama Veronica is HIV and AIDS victim. She has given birth to nine children, of which none are alive, but they all left behind one or two children which some of them are also HIV positive.

“She is the most desperate woman in the village. Nobody love her. She has no job or any form of income. All those children goes from house to house begging for food at least to keep them alive. They have bad record of stealing other people property as part of their daily routine.

“As we are doing our weekly home visiting program, we come across these women whom nobody wants to associate with.

“As she shared her sad story we were overwhelmed with emotion, not knowing what to do, where to start from, and so many questions come to our mind. At first we thought of a place where we can take all these orphans. And second how to help those who are HIV positive and Veronica herself.

“As we spoke to agencies which help orphan children in Isiolo, we were not give a clear answer on how they will be helped. But we are hoping for the best.

“We also partnered with government hospital which took responsibility to give these women and those who are HIV positive some anti-viral drug to reduce the strength of the disease. They also promise to gave her some multivitamins and plump nut park for some time.

“We are grateful to all our partners and for these woman who lost help and hope, but now seeing some light ahead of her. We are still helping and trusting God will gave us more wisdom on how to restore hope to this doomed family.”

Come Help Me Help Myself

// July 18th, 2014 // No Comments » // Kenya, Kenya-Bulesa Dima, TCD

Villagers working hard on their cooperative farm

Villagers working hard on their cooperative farm

When the government failed them, people of this village decided to begin helping themselves. Wubshet and Habiba, GHNI National Leaders in Kenya, share how the village’s initiative helped fulfil dreams.

Bulesa Dima Village, Kenya

“The villagers of Bulesa Dima are hardworking people as compared to people living in other part of Kenya. They were afflicted hard by so many challenges from inter-tribal conflict. They also had prolonged drought which killed all their livestock.

“To make the matters worse, some politicians who are in powerful positions have further pushed them to the edge instead of helping them. Instead they make life so difficult which make this community Internally Displaced People (IDP) in their own city. They are scattered all over since they were lastly fought by their neighbour community of Turkana.

“As GHNI-Kenya we have special interest with this community. They proved beyond doubt that they are willing to transform themselves toward long-term sustainability through their tireless efforts of bringing help and hope to themselves. On the other hand, we had tried our best to work hand in hand with both government and the community.

“As a result the community have agreed to work so hard to greater determination. This was made possible when we helped to form an initiative called ‘Come Help Me Help Myself.’ An idea of cooperation was initiated.

“No one has much of anything, but by putting their efforts together to stand in unity, a lot can be accomplished.

“Harambee is the way to successes in their farm project. They have decided to divide them self into groups of ten working for two farmers each day. As a result, all of them without spending much money harvested enough for families and commercial use.

“Mr Boru is one of the farmer benefited from the above effort. He has been struggling alone to farm on his two hector land, but always overwhelmed by workload and end up achieving nothing.

“‘Come Help Me Help Myself’ initiative has boosted him to achieve his long-awaited dream of being a successful farmer.”

Primary School Children Dream Big

// July 16th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka-U Village, TCD, TCD Education



Naomi, a 7-year old girl living in rural Sri Lanka, loves school! She rushes to the GHNI sponsored after-school program in *U Village, even though it’s a tough uphill climb. Naomi enjoys reading and learning English. However, many children in Sri Lanka, especially those impoverished in rural villages, must drop out of school at a very young age.

Families need every member’s help to bring in income, so school is not a priority.

In developing nations worldwide, 25.6 million boys do not finish primary school; and an astounding 28.9 million girls grow up without an education. So when Naomi’s mother tells her she can’t go to after-school tutoring if she doesn’t finish her chores, Naomi quickly gets her chores done.

As these Sri Lankan children participate in the tutoring class and begin making better grades in school, start dreaming of becoming teachers or doctors, parents notice and the priorities change.  With GHNI’s guidance, villagers form an education committee and encourage families to prioritize children’s education.

This is happening in U Village, filling the future with hope and bringing an end to cyclical poverty.

While it’s up to the villagers to foster a culture of educational priority in their village, we can help the children’s dreams to become reality.  By equipping classrooms for an optimal learning environment and providing after school programs, children have a better chance of success.

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Progress Elicits Smiles

// July 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // Nepal, Nepal-BT Village, TCD, TCD Water

Filling water jugs from the new well!

Filling water jugs from the new well!

After digging a well in their village for drinking, cooking, and washing, these Nepalese villagers are now looking forward to irrigating their crops. David, a GHNI leader, shares about the trials and triumphs of this project.

*BT Village, Nepal

“In the month of May, we did some progress in the well digging in the village. Lack of three-phase transmission line was hindering the progress in the project. But finally we overcame the voltage shortage with the direct connection which has helped us to finish one well, finally.

“Now we could have running water from the electric motor any time when the electricity is available in the village. This has brought smile in the faces of poor villagers. Earlier these impoverished villagers has to wait for rainy season to keep rice seedling. Finally after waiting long years now they have running water at their disposal any time they need.

“As we have two more wells to finish with the electric motors we are working day and night to finish before the start of monsoon in the village. Work has been hindered because some of the technicians backtracked from the earlier contract and raised the contract costs in the middle of the project but we are searching the new technicians who could work within earlier estimated costs.

“In this month we studied a new village named *KT Village for the Transformational Community Development (TCD) teaching. This is another cluster area where we could bring smile in the faces of poor villagers.

“My initial studies showed that this village is par to BT Village where we are teaching the TCD and digging the well for drinking water as well as for irrigation.

“Water committee under the leadership of *Barun is working vigorously to finish the well digging before the onset of monsoon season.

“Three water committee which has been formed are doing their part for the progress of the project.”

* For purposes of security and well-being, “BT Village” and “KT Village” are pseudonyms of the villages that are being helped by this project.
 ** For purposes of security and well-being, “Barun” is a pseudonym of the person that is being helped by this project.

Students Thankful for
English and Math

// July 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka-U Village, TCD, TCD Education

Students of the tutoring class show their thanks

Students of the tutoring class show their thanks

While studying can be a bore for children in developing nations where opportunity is abounding, these students in Sri Lanka love it!  The following is an inspiring update from Celeste and Jay in Sri Lanka.

*U Village, Sri Lanka

“Today was a day of rain when we visited the village. The muddy water was coming from the mountain top with all force along the walking pathway to the tutoring class. We got there before the rains started. Some of the children came along the muddy slippery pathway with wet cloths; however the books were protected with plastic bags. As usual tea and biscuits were served. Due to heavy rains the children who lived more than half kilometer away was unable to come to class.

“This was a special day as the children want to speak to us with messages from their parents. The children told us that this is the first time an English and Math class free of cost was held in the village. They thanked GHNI for making this possible which have helped them get high marks in the school examination. They also said that the parents thanked GHNI for this wonderful service and requested the continued support that they too will help when necessary.

“When we asked what their future ambitions in life would be, most of them wanted to be teachers to teach their brothers and sisters and the village children.

“With the help of the teacher they have drawn up a sign expressing their sincere love to GHNI. They wanted me to picture them with the board and send it to GHNI in appreciation of the classes and tea provided to them free of cost.”

* For purposes of security and well-being, “U Village” is a pseudonym of the village that is being helped by this project.


GHNI Welcomes New Village!

// July 7th, 2014 // No Comments » // Adopt a Village, Holy Land, Holy Land-10th Leper, TCD

Students engage in TCD

Students engage in TCD

*10th Leper Village, Holy Land

A cluster of villages in the Holy Land which we call 10th Leper Village is the newest addition to GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) program.  The people in this village cluster have endured generations of poverty resulted from lack of employment, health care, and education opportunities.  Recent wars in surrounding areas have brought refugee camps to further diminish the villagers’ livelihoods.

Desperate for change, the people of 10th Leper Village welcomed the start of TCD this past April.  The first program started was a course for 14 college and secondary students; girls and boys.

A GHNI-Holy Land leader shares, “They are so excited with this course. These people are doing a great job voluntarily. Their hearts are to help their village and be more influencers.

“One time we presented a lesson called ‘Jumping out of the Box.’ This lesson has had a significant impact for all the attendees. Ben** is age 20. He is very shy, not relational person and not sharing like others. When he got this lesson, we noticed that he was very encouraged and says we have to not be limited in our thinking or our abilities. After the session is finished, Ben says, ‘I was so encouraged from this lesson and I have to start to change of my way of thinking and jump out from the box.’”

*For purposes of security and well-being, “10th Leper Village” is a pseudonym of the village being helped by this project and “Holy Land” is a pseudonym of the country where the village is located.
**For purposes of security and well-being, “Ben” is a pseudonym of the person being helped by this project.

Ending Chronic Malnutrition in Burkina Faso

// July 3rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso-Saneba, TCD, TCD Food

1688167_10153906982150607_2136840994_nResults in a recent screening of 125 children attending Saneba Village’s primary school indicated 1 in 5 children suffer from malnutrition.  In fact, according to WHO, more than 10% of children in Burkina Faso don’t live to see their 5th birthday!  With nearly 45% of Burkina Faso’s population living below the poverty level, on less than $1.25 (USD) per day, the country is in crisis. (World Food Programme)

Our team working in Saneba village is determined to change these statistics with a nutrition and agricultural project.

“This project aligns with Burkina Faso’s government goal to reduce chronic malnutrition rates from 32.9% (2012) to 25% by 2020” shares a GHNI leader in Burkina Faso.

With villagers willing and determined to make a change for their families, leaders of Transformational Community Development (TCD) in Burkina Faso are implementing a two part program. First, educate villagers, including school children, in nutrition and wellness habits. Second, teach advanced techniques to already existing farming practices to increase viability and production, as well as equipping villagers to plant and maintain a family garden.

Villagers and TCD trainers are excited for this change to help not only their village, but the entire region.  According to one TCD worker, “The project implemented in Saneba will act as a transformational and replicable model for the region.”

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