Posts Tagged ‘Global Hope Network International’

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

Naomi

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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Ending Poverty
One Villager at a Time

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

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No matter where you live, poverty exists. What we see on our national news, it is just the glimpse of the extreme poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Much of the world’s poverty is hidden, covered or ignored in our modern existence. It is too much for us to bear!

 

GHNI workers cannot turn away from the realities. Our field workers walk daily alongside hidden and hurting communities. They watch as villages transform before their eyes. There is a solution to poverty and it lies within villagers; it lies within those currently living in poverty.

 

Transformational Community Development is a 3-5 year knowledge transfer program designed to guide rural villagers to use local and culturally relevant resources to develop in five key areas:

 

FoodViable nutritional food to end chronic hunger and malnutrition. One way this has been successful is teaching families basic agricultural principals and helping them begin a family garden. Click to Donate Now!

 

Water—Safe clean water for drinking, cooking and washing. Running water is simply not an option for most rural villages; however working alongside villagers to build a well, significantly decreases water-borne illnesses and provides safe water close to homes. Click to Donate Now!

 

Education—Primary level education for every girl and boy. Instilling the value of education among village families, especially for girls, is key for a community to rise out of poverty. When villagers embrace this mindset, they are inspired to provide an optimal learning environment for children, such as equipping classrooms with seats and desks. Click to Donate Now!

 

Income—Resources for sustainable family income generation. Our field leaders have found many successful ways to help villagers generate income in practical, culturally relevant ways. One example of success has been loaning offspring-producing, egg-laying chickens or milking goats to families. Click to Donate Now!

 

Wellness—Solutions for critical sanitation, disease prevention, and home health. Teaching wellness habits and prevention methods has proven to be the most successful way of eliminating disease in villages. GHNI begins with a village health and wellness assessment, and then provides applicable health education lessons for adults and children. Click to Donate Now!

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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

Bookshop

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.

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