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Childhood Dream Comes True

// June 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Adopt a Village, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka-Nallathanniya, TCD, TCD Education, TCD Income


Ashokumar’s Bookshop

Helping people to realize their dreams is rewarding for Celeste and Jay, GHNI leaders in Sri Lanka…especially when the dream is to help others realize their dreams. Celeste and Jay share Ashokumar’s story with you.

Nallathanniya Village, Sri Lanka

“The Income Committee reported that the micro-financing loan program works well. Many are interested in obtaining loans as these loans are interest free. We still receiving loan applications. It is up to the committee to check out if the loan requirements are met and the availability of funds to give out loans.

“The Education Committee requested scholarship test papers to teach the children who will be sitting for their scholarship examination this year. This was approved as the total cost for 20 test paper cost approximately RS 4,000 ($30). Payment will only be made once the test papers are purchased and the receipt is submitted for payment.

“Ashokumar is a young man of 27 years. He studied and grew up in the village of Nallathanniya. His childhood dream was to start a bookshop as he lives in close proximity to the village school. He knows how important a bookshop at this location would be to provide the children with their requirements.

“However, before he started the bookshop, as a young man along with his father, he started a market to provide villagers with their daily requirement of food which he thought was the best thing to do. It was a success. He tells me many teenagers visited the market to buy items and this helped him to find the one he loved among these teenagers who came to the market. He married her and his wife is now also 27 years old. They have one child who is a bundle of joy.

“Before long, he also started the bookshop on a small scale. But the demand for books and stationeries increased and they were unable to keep up with the demand. He was looking for financial help, but was unable to find someone to help.

“He came to know about GHNI micro-loan program through customers who came to the market. He immediately applied for a loan and the committee approved it. The money was used to buy additional items and increase the quantities of fast-selling items.

“He now has a bookshop fully equipped. It includes a telephone that the villagers can use to make emergency calls and a photo copying machine which is very helpful to the villagers. He tells me that business has improved and on a good day his profit is about RS 400 to 500 a day ($3-4). He tells me the best day for business is when it does not rain.

“He has not forgotten his humble beginnings and tells us that GHNI is a blessing to all the villagers of Nallathanniya and to the school children who can buy their items in the village and not needing to travel to the next town.”

Children’s Wellness Lessons
Transform Village

// June 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Myanmar, Myanmar-Thar Kar Yung, TCD, TCD Wellness

Children engaged in wellness lesson

Children engaged in wellness lesson

Thar Yar Kung, Myanmar

School attendance in Thar Yar Kung Village was sporadic. Illness, mostly diarrhea from poor sanitation, kept children from going to school on a regular basis.

Without school, the future of these children held little hope.

Like many rural villages in developing nations, the people of Thar Yar Kung did not have toilets; relieving themselves wherever they wanted. This posed high sanitation risks which caused their children to be sick much of the time.

When GHNI first began partnering with the villagers and teaching Transformational Community Development (TCD) in 2012, many of the villagers were hesitant to accept us. Gathering a few of the villagers who were open to the transformation, they began working with our trainers on solving these health issues. Together, these villagers began building some pit latrines for the village under our TCD leaders’ guidance. Soon, with the waste being contained to the toilets,

children began attending school more frequently.

Solomon, GHNI-Myanmar’s National Leader, shares, “As a result, we observed that some families in the village mentioned their thanks and how these toilets were useful for them. As we had expected, the percentage of children who suffered from diarrhea or defecation had plunged according to the village people who were using those toilets.”

With children being of the most affected by illness in the village, TCD leaders obtained permission from the primary school’s headmaster to conduct hygiene and sanitation lessons.

“The parents stated to us that their children practiced the lessons that we taught at home after they got back from school,” reports Solomon. He continues, “They washed their hands well before they eat something. They took a shower twice a day. They cut their nails well. They kept their bodies clean. We supplied toothbrush and toothpaste and they used it well every day in the correct way. They sang the hygiene songs that we taught when they met with their friends under the trees as well as in the street.”

The excitement of the village children over what we were teaching piqued the interest of their parents who were previously skeptical of our presence in our village. GHNI leaders were able to begin building relationships with the parents. The children were excited to have us into their homes, so their parents are opening up to home visits and family lessons from our TCD workers. These villagers are now forming a Wellness Committee to tackle other health issues.

Help villagers like those in Thar Yar Kung Village provide health lessons for their children!


Friends Growing Together

// June 23rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Adopt a Village, Ethiopia, Ethiopia-Mudiyambo, TCD, TCD Food, TCD Income

Aberu and friends

Aberu and her friends finally caught onto the income-producing ideas of TCD

When villagers catch the vision of Transformational Community Development (TCD) is when the transformation truly begins. GHNI-Ethiopia shares the story about how one woman grew a contagious passion for her village’s TCD Food Committee.

Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia
“When we started work in Mudiyambo Village, there were very few people who accepted this vision but now the entire village has taken to the idea of TCD! There are now six women’s groups engaged in agricultural activities.

“Aberu is one of the group members. She and her friends told us how much they have benefitted from the Food Committee training. Aberu and her friends are producing cabbage, carrots, potatoes, peppers and other different kinds of vegetables. Their income is growing fast — now most of them generate up to 5,000 Birr ($250) per harvest and have four harvests per year.

“Most of the women in the village are so excited about their increased income that they often spend the whole day in their field. They have developed a passion to grow food!”

Man Inspired by Family Farm

// June 20th, 2014 // No Comments » // Ethiopia, Ethiopia-Tuka, TCD, TCD Food, TCD Income

Melecha Dima was the first member of Tuka’s Food Committee

Melecha Dima was the first member of Tuka’s Food Committee

Family farms have become a great way for Ethiopian villagers to not only feed their families nutritious meals but also bring home income which can help with many of their other needs. Enjoy this inspiring story about Melecha from our leaders in Ethiopia.

Tuka Village, Ethiopia

“Melecha Dima lives in Tuka Village. He is 37 years old and married with three children. Melecha is on Tuka’s Food Committe, and he was the first group member when our Transformational Community Development (TCD) coaches starting working in his village several years ago.

“Our GHNI Ethiopia National Field Leader spent some time with him while he was in Tuka a few weeks ago. He asked Melecha how much he has benefitted from TCD activities since GHNI started working in his village. He smiled very big and told our GHNI Leader,

‘Before I started working with the group, life was very hard for me and my family. But now I generate enough income for my family to eat and for my children to all go to school. I have been so motivated by the income that I get with the group, now I am starting our own family farm in our back yard. Last year I got 7,000 Birr from each of my three harvests for a total of 21,000 Birr ($1,100), which is five times what most people in Tuka used to make in a year. I want to expand my back yard now and make even more money for my family!’”

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!

Save a family’s life! Help a family plant a family garden by donating starter seed today!


Learning to Think Sustainably

// June 16th, 2014 // No Comments » // India, India-Dhoker Jhara, TCD, TCD Education, TCD Income, TCD Wellness

Family and their new dish-drying rack

Family and their new dish-drying rack

Part of sustainable development for the villagers who work with us is learning to change their way of thinking—“Will this sustain me today?” to “Will this sustain me for a lifetime?” These two villages have been making great progress, according to GHNI-India’s leaders, who have shared these transformational stories…

Family Displays Model Behavior

Dhoker Jhara Village, India

“Chunu and his family are growing towards becoming a model family from Hemodpur Village in Dhoker Jhara cluster of villages. Recently our GHNI Transformational Community Development (TCD) Trainer taught them about dish-drying rack. He immediately made a dish-drying rack.

“His next plan is to do something for income generation. We have a great hope from this family. They will surely become TCD family.”

Children showing their new dance skills

Children showing their new dance skills

Education Explosion!
Jatapara Village, India

“Right now our focus in Jatapara is Education and Income Generation. The committee has found these two as the top priority needs. Because of the lack of teachers in government school, students learn very little. At the same time, parents also were not very serious about their children’s education.

“After GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) brought the awareness about education, parents have been sending their children regularly. Number of children coming to after school education has increase from 15 to 60. Along with education, we are also teaching them music and dance. Children are very excited about this.

“We have formed an Income Generation Committee of all ladies. Men from this village go to Dumka town for work. It is very difficult to get them involved in the committee. Many of the women in this village make country liquor and sell it to earn some money. During our committee meeting they agreed that this is not good for their society. So they have decided to plant cash crop for additional income.”

China Village Coming Soon!

// June 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // China, TCD

Chinese family near our next village partnership

Chinese family near our next village partnership

Because YOU believed in the ability of others to transform and be filled with Hope:

Another Project Nationalized for Transformation!

One changed life representing many.  **Mary has tears in her eyes of excitement.  She was an adult before she learned how to read.  Her life was changed when she learned not only how to read, but also to share the stories of life-changing principles through telling stories she read to other illiterate people.


  • 6 women, some former prostitutes whose lives have been transformed are now trained to help others be transformed.
  • A local agency was instructed in self-sustainability, to keep on helping with local support and connected to more local support
  • School for the children was enhanced with a library for school

 NEW PLANS as this project comes to an end:

We are now preparing to enter our next village.  More information will come soon.

Thank you so much for your partnership!  These villages are almost impossible to reach and forbidden to Westerners.  But because of you, our National Partners are now running the project.  The Village continues onto transformation.  Women, children, and families are growing in hope!

Now that the Hillside Village project has been turned over to nationals, we are seeking new project opportunities to engage.  Last month we visited a minority village of poor potato farmers who are in need of simple solutions to improve their income so that they can afford to send their children to schools.

We are evaluating the right partners and the right technology to help them increase the yield of their crops and new income streams. We are also looking at two other opportunities for community health projects that will make a significant transformation in the quality of life for these poor villages.


New Tree Farmers

// June 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Afghanistan, Afghanistan-Valley of Ali, TCD, TCD Income

Dividing up cuttings in Bamyan Province

Dividing up cuttings in Bamyan Province

Several families rural Afghanistan are able increase their income and have hope for the future because of this agricultural project. We are excited to hear from our leaders in Afghanistan about the progress being made!

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

“Some good progress has been made with the tree project in the past month and we have now added a total of 14 new farmers to this project.

“In Kabul Province, GHNI signed contracts with 3 new farmers who were each given 8,000 cuttings. Next year, GHNI will buy back one set of cuttings from the farmers, and will also be given one set as a way to pay back the loan of the cuttings. In this way, the farmers can earn income from the trees, and also pay back this year’s loan.

“In Bamyan Province, 11 farmers received cuttings, each of different amounts. These are on loan only and next year they will return to GHNI the same number of cuttings they received, but can sell or use the remaining cuttings they obtain from the trees.”

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


Stopping the Spread of
HIV in Kenya

// June 4th, 2014 // No Comments » // Kenya, Kenya-Attir, Kenya-Gambella, Kenya-Shambani, TCD, TCD Wellness

Attir kenya

Villagers in Attir Kenya begin their journey to stop the spread of AIDS

Whether HIV/AIDS is present in rural Kenyan villages is not a question.


The true question is

why is it still spreading?


Lack of testing, drugs, and counseling for HIV/AIDS carriers has created a deeply negative stigma about the disease across these rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa for decades. Where successful treatments became available in wealthy western nations, developing countries like Kenya have not had access until recent years.* Therefore, the virus continues to spread because those infected are unaware they have it or uneducated about its effect. Those who have been diagnosed are often highly stigmatized, the discrimination tearing families, and even whole villages, apart.

The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in villagers became clear upon initial health assessments in the villages where we conduct Transformational Community Development (TCD) in Kenya. Villagers have leaned into the lessons given on disease with great success.

One TCD trainer shares about the situation in Shambani village when the wellness program there began:

“There was faster spread of HIV/AIDS because no testing was done for someone to know his/her status. People were having affairs with partner who is already affected. Hence there was high death rate and many children were left orphans, many mothers were left widows, and the poverty level was increased.”

A few months later, the same trainer reported,

“Due to wellness lessons, there is a big progress in relation to those people living with HIV/AIDS and the community. There is no more stigmatization or discrimination; we can see them working together in their big farm, and even eating together.”

The progress doesn’t happen overnight as the villagers learn of the severity of the disease and how it spreads. Working with the Ministry of Health, infected villagers became consistent in taking their medication and the spread of the disease declined steadily. Gambella Village, whose community has successfully completed the TCD program, has reported no new HIV/AIDS cases!

Gambella Village has reported

no new HIV/AIDS cases!

Testing for HIV and AIDS is a top priority when we begin working alongside a Kenyan village because of the disease’s devastating effects. When we began working with Attir Village just a few months ago, one of the first villager led committees formed was the Wellness Committee. This committee informed us that the last time the Ministry of Health provided HIV/AIDS test kits was 10 years ago! The Ministry of Health has agreed to partner with the villagers by providing these hard to come by kits as well essential drugs and HIV counseling.

Join us in saving lives of rural villagers. Give to our wellness programs today!




Creating Village Wellness

// June 1st, 2014 // No Comments » // Adopt a Village, TCD, TCD Wellness

Wellness-Graphic“Lack of access to safe, clean drinking-water and basic sanitation, as well as poor hygiene cause nearly 90% of all deaths from diarrhoea, mainly in children. While 87% of the world’s population now have access to improved water sources, 39% still lack access to improved sanitation. Moreover, in developing countries 1.1 billion people still defecate in the open, and hand washing with soap is practised, on average, only after 17% of toilet uses,” reads a recent report by WHO. This report, while astounding in itself, describes only part of the wellness challenge with the villagers we are helping.

Wellness is one of the five areas where we help villagers transform their lives through our Transformational Community Development (TCD) program. These rural villagers generally desire to work on this area in their life because it’s a matter of life and death! It’s amazing to see the hard work these villagers endure to change the daily routines which have been ingrained in them for generations. Here are some of the ways we help villagers increase their overall wellness through TCD:

Disease Prevention: Many debilitating diseases prevalent in rural villages can be prevented through access to clean water and sanitation. Others are not so easy, such as HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Hygiene: Proper hygiene is a foreign concept to many rural villagers. Women and girls are most vulnerable to the effects of improper hygiene, particularly around the time of their menstrual period. Providing knowledge and resources to overcome these obstacles, women and girls can attend to their daily responsibilities with dignity.

Nutrition: Malnutrition is especially devastating for young children in rural villages. Helping villagers find the knowledge and resources by which to maintain a balanced diet, lives are saved and overall more productive.

Children’s Health Education: Empowering children at a young age to take control of their own health and wellness not only gives them an advantage in life but is also inspiring to their parents.

These are just a few ways in which villages have overcome wellness issues. Throughout the month of June we are excited to share with you stories of people who have worked hard to overcome some serious wellness issues in their village.

Join us today in helping villagers in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East overcome their wellness challenges!