Monthly Archives: July 2012
We continue to learn many things about TCD (Transformational Community Development) through the projects we have been doing in Dhoker Jhara, India, the village I grew up in. It “had” been a mixed experience when it comes to results. Some areas have been a genuine struggle. But there are many other areas we have identified where we are now focused and maximizing results.
Community involvement (ownership) is the key to success in TCD work among Santals. Wherever we have involved the people from the community, there was excitement and willingness to do things. Making an irrigation pond, giving water pump to the community, providing micro loan to the community were some of the things which has really worked well. Looking at the situation, we decided to involve the community in whatever we do among them.
This “involvement” has made all the difference!
Thanks so much for your involvement in this my village!
You, with us, in Transformational Community Development, via GHNI … Sushil
(GHNI staff & Santal People Community Development)
Tirupur, India is in many ways hostage to its own success. A major clothing and garment manufacturing center of India, tens of thousands remain without basic needs such as clean water. These are subjugated to “system” of slavery intrinsic to this industry that pays $4-$7 dollars per week, depending on whether you are a women/man and where one is in the processes of this type of manufacturing. Most in the West would call it “slave labor”. GHNI is now(7/’12) in the process of digging its first well in this neediest of locations. This water is available for not only home domestic needs, but will also be available for irrigation purposes also needed in these families for crops cultivation. Dan was there at the end of 2011 and personally witnessed these families in dire need of clean water.