// February 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Ethiopia, Ethiopia-Mudiyambo, Ethiopia-Tuka, TCD, TCD Income, TCD Wellness
Founded in deep poverty, these two Ethiopian villages began GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) in hopelessness. Here are two snapshots of the transformed lives as the communities near the horizon of graduation from the program.
Learn more about Wako’s village!
Wako Keeps Working
Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia
In Mudiyambo Village lives Wako, a 65 year old man, with his nine children. Though he’s slowed down some, he continues to work just as hard as a 25 year old. He wouldn’t have it any other way. Before he joined the Agricultural committee in his village, Wako only made $1/day. Now he’s growing fruits and vegetables which help feed his family and also adds significantly to his monthly income.
Mudiyambo Village is one of the best examples of successful agricultural transformation through TCD. Almost all of the villagers are now involved in agricultural activities and have experienced significant increase in income as well as nutrition.
Learn more about Meseret’s village!
Meseret Made Well
Tuka Village, Ethiopia
Meseret lives in Tuka Village and was very ill. She traveled two days to get treatment in Addis Ababa, the capital, only to find out that she could not afford the treatment the medical doctor recommended. Dejected, Meseret returned to her village continuing to feel miserable from her illness. When she arrived home, she was surprised to learn that GHNI’s partner doctors would be in her village and able to treat her illness. Relieved both morally and physically, Meseret told everyone around her the story.
While this was a special event that helped 1,300 people in Tuka and surrounding villages, TCD workers continue to work daily to help Tuka village prevent illness. For example, more than 75 families learned how to make their own water bio-filter which will decrease water-borne illness.
Transformed Villages by 2015
The Mudiyambo and Tuka villagers are in their last year of TCD. With these great transformations happening, imagine what these two villages will look like in 2015. They will have accessible clean water, plenty of nutritious food, improved income generation, education for every girl and boy, and significantly lowered illness rates, and significantly increased confidence and hope for the future.
These TCD programs will continue after the villages graduate at the end of this year. Villagers will continue to improve their communities with the resources around them and, most importantly, be an encouragement to neighboring villages who are excited to start TCD in their communities!