Community Sustainability is Going Well!

Kasmitha posing with her herd of buffalo, while they eat.

There are many children in the community who need good care. Through the Transformational Community Development (TCD) program, I taught community members to be safe from the cold and to be especially careful with newborn children. Winter has come, and if parents ignore the care of their children, they might catch pneumonia, colds, or other health problems. Also, community members who belong to poor families can’t afford warm clothes for their children or for themselves. To be warm at night, they have to make beds around the fireplace, which raises the risk of children being burned by the fire at night. I spoke about this too, so parents can be aware.

I also taught community members about saving. I thought it was necessary to teach people about saving once again because some community members are still not able to save money according to their income. I visited at least 15 families to discuss this topic, and I got a good response from them. Some of them went to a savings organization and registered their accounts to start daily saving.

We are always talking about community sustainability, and the Income Generation program is going well. Last month, TCD taught community members to grow vegetable gardens and distributed vegetable seeds to anyone interested. This month, the vegetables are growing! I met with TCD committee members and encouraged them to be active in this TCD movement. The local government has created the budget for this project, and TCD members are taking responsibility and initiative for effective work. After TCD was taught in the community, members became able to seek their rights and talk with local authorities. It became a success to get budgets from local government sources. This project has started well and is going to be completed soon. TCD is also gathering church members to help with labor.

Kasmitha* told us her story. She is one of the active members of TCD. At the beginning, she had no income source, and it was very difficult to live her life because of financial problems. After she became involved in TCD, she had an opportunity to grow her income. She received seed money from TCD, started pig farming, and began to make a good income. Now she has started buffalo keeping. She is raising four baby buffalo. She is very happy and excited to be the owner of four buffalos and has plans to add more. She wants to give thanks to GHNI for the TCD program, which has helped her be successful.

Thank you!

Written by: Sudip


*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Kasmitha” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project.

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