Back Up and Re-group!

Gotta Be Bob
Gotta Be Bob

What’s a better attention-getter than a Bob Marley statue, complements of Universal Studio’s(Orlando, Florida)!

A breather from the travels and overseas’ focus, our GHNI-USA(and Geneva, Switzerland) team gathered in Orlando, Florida for a few days of re-grouping, training, camaraderie and new challenges for our future into ’17 and beyond.  What an incredibly good time of seeing where we’ve been and accomplished in the past 15 years.

Each team member was able to update their specific focus, and do some healthy projections out into the future, laboring together to help each other in virtually all capacities.

From various regions we work in, each of us were mutually encouraged to hear stories of how Transformational Community Development(TCD) was impacting individuals, villages, cultures, and governments, in ways  well beyond each of our individual foci.  “Team” matters!  Administrative responsibilities in Geneva and Orlando matter deeply into each village!

I am privileged to have such surroundings of this team, each grabbing a nearby baton or rope from another to help.  We must have each other!

GHNI-Group (Margaritaville Restaurant)
GHNI-Group (Margaritaville Restaurant)

 

In the months ahead as you read of villages and lives being transformed, please keep in mind that it’s not “about” me.  It’s about our collaborative efforts into the lives … bring Help and Hope to the Hidden and Hurting.

And a HUGE “Thank You” for being equally a part of this team … !!!

Daniel

Opportunities ... !
Opportunities … !

Traction abundant in India … awesome India !

Dhokerjhara-selling his vegetables abundant
Manik … Dhokerjhara-selling his vegetables abundant

Fresh reports “semi-edited” from source …

It’s a remarkable sign of transformation when we see something happening by itself, which we have been trying to accomplish a long time. This was so surprising as I saw two persons of our village doing business which is out of the tradition(Santal).

He is Manik. He said, “In starting it was difficult for me to chose which vegetables should I grow to make profit, because vegetables like tomato and leafy vegetables are profitable, but cannot be preserved for a long time, that’s why I started growing vegetables which can be preserved for long time like, potato, onion etc. Now I have experience to grow in large scale”. He thanks GHNI team for helping him recognize his potential.

I also found other man, Bablu, selling spicy chickpeas during sports day in our village. These are signs which shows us that whatever vision we are putting in our villagers mind for them to grow their lifestyle it has started working and they are making it true.  (Babujan)

Bablu - selling chickpeas
Bablu – selling chickpeas
Rupam - Hooghly Village Computer Centre
Rupam – Hooghly Village Computer Centre

Rupam, is 14, in 8th grade.

His father is a carpenter and mother a house wife. Rupam’s parents did not study much so it is their desire to educate him.  They know computer knowledge is as important as the regular education. His father asked if I could educate his son in our new GHNI computer center.

Rupam said, “I know how important the computer education is, and there are lot of poor students who cannot afford computer education. In future I would like to teach computer to other kids, those who cannot afford  for their computer course.”  (Sushil)

Jatapara Village goats ...
Jatapara Village goats …

This was a blessed month for villagers and a milestone for us.  With the help of GHNI, we distributed 36 goats to the villagers to make them self sustain and make them able to see the dream for their better future.

Like this family there are many families who have got so much of help with this initiative. We are so much thankful for GHNI and all who raised their hands for helping us with their effort and resources.

There is a tradition in Santal people that they never save the money for their future need, instead of that they prefer to take loan from others when they are in need, which cause them trapped by the money landers sometime. But this initiative of animal husbandry will make their mind to save their property in the form of animal which would be used in their need in future.  (Manu)

Goats(new) in Jatapara Village, India
Goats(new) in Jatapara Village, India

Thanks always for your vestments in our labors to bring help and hope to the hidden and hurting, become self-sustaining!  Daniel

Balkans of Serbia & Albania New TCD …

Village Farming Woman-Albania
Village Farming Woman-Albania

New territory always excites me in GHNI endeavors. The Balkans of Serbia and Albania seem far removed from other impoverished areas GHNI works in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Yet we all must come to the realization that the same extreme poverty exists in large swaths of Europe equally. It especially exists anywhere there is isolation and abandonment. GHNI is committed to helping the poorest of the poor, regardless of geographics.

Women Cooking Outside-Albania
Women Cooking Outside-Albania

Join with us financially, as we commit to these new projects in Serbia and Albania Roma(gypsy) villages. 4 new Project Proposal are being edited and submitted as I write this. I am personally committed to making the Balkans a very different place within 3-5 years, as we work together with key partners there.

Man In Front Of Home - Serbia
Man In Front Of Home – Serbia

2015 is about to close out on us. 2016 is literally visible between the cracks of the door as it opens. Please commit with us in furthering self-sustainability among the Hidden and Helpless of the Balkan Roma(and nationals) in impoverished, abandoned and isolated villages. They need your help. We are willing.

Girls Near Their Home - Serbia
Girls Near Their Home – Serbia

Farming Plot and Home - Albania
Farming Plot and Home – Albania

Thank you … Dan

Geneva Leadership Team – Africa/Middle East/Asia

Geneva Leadership Team
Geneva Leadership Team

Within every worthy endeavor is healthy authentic servant leadership. Geneva Switzerland and across the border in France, GHNI hosted its regional leaders from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. GHNI labors in very difficult areas of these regions. This requires all of our staff to lead in a fashion of serving each other out of each of our sources of strength.

Sushil, Martins & Murray
Sushil, Martins & Murray

For one leader, it may be a strength of personality, influence. For another it may be primarily from abilities to raise donor/financial awareness. For another it may be in cross-cultural initiatives and training. For yet another it may be in their primary role of administration and/or logistics. For others it may be in their technical background. The key is that we recognize and come alongside each other in their need(s), thereby fulfilling accomplishments impossible for any one individual.

GLT Fondu Party
GLT Fondu Party

We are both humbled yet proud to serve alongside each of our team members and leaders from these regions.

Differing countries in one common purpose ...
Differing countries in one common purpose …

Each of us on the team is equally thankful for you who undergird and support these our common endeavors. With your help we are all equally involved and committed to providing help and hope for the hidden and hurting. Thanks … Dan
Dan & Martins
Dan & Martins

Bringing Help and Hope to the Hidden and Hurting

MONTHLY REPORT – also available in French or German – upon request – 2014

COUNTRY INDIA
PROJECT Dhokar Jhara Village (near Dumka)

PHOTO 1: Bosam Marandi, a model to villagers

Irrigation Project with Basam Marandi
Irrigation Project with Basam Marandi

Monthly reporting is integral to to our work. It is so exciting to see a 2nd generation(really a 3rd!) of envisioned TCD implementors. This recent report is word-for-word from our leadership in India and exhibits the nature of what GHNI is about. Enjoy!

The GHNI-India team is working really hard with the villagers in Dhokar Jhara and want to share their progress.

Caught the Vision!

Bosam Marandi is no more the same. He has caught the vision of TCD and he has become the model for the whole village. He grew up here. When he was very young, his father died and he being the elder son, had to take care of his family. In order for him to provide for the family, he had to go out of the village for months at a time for work. Of course this is the same case with many many other people here. This happens because of the growing season. After the growing season is over, men leave their families and go out in search for work. This is effects the education of the children and many other areas of life.

TCD is encouraging people not to go out of the village and teaching them how to grow their income while they stay in the village. Growing a second crop is one of the ways. Yet Bosam Marandi has gone one step further. Along with growing second crop, he is also doing multiple work to grow his income and has become a model for others.

Thank you for helping to change the world…
One village…
One person at a time!
Sushil reporting for GHNI

Education: Young & Not-So … Getting TCD Going …

Transformational Community Development (TCD) is all about the community leading their own change. In this story recently shared with us by GHNI-India, we were encouraged to see that age doesn’t matter when it comes to serving one’s community!

Jatapara, India Committee
Jatapara, India Committee

Jatapara Village, India

“We have been able to train the committee and they are able to see the importance of TCD.

“Det’ is a student in grade 12. She knows the importance of education. During our TCD training, she actively took part in learning about community development.

“In our last lesson with the community, we could identify problems that are preventing them from developing self-sustainabilities better. Lack of education was their top problem! So, as a community, they made two action steps.

“One: All women agreed to send their kids to school on time.

“Two: Det’ will teach all kids before they go to school. She has already started teaching those children who otherwise would do nothing after or before school time.”
GHNI India Staff Quotes
Thanks for your help in developing Jatapara, India and our work in GHNI!
Dan

Gift(s) In Knowledge Transfer … Relief versus Self-Sustainability

Dan & amp; Kids In Jatapara As Parents Learned Development
Dan &Kids In Jatapara As Parents Learned Development

Gift(s) in knowledge transfer and embracement can truly be one of the best gifts given and received. GHNI is committed to GIVING!

November, I(Dan) was able to be a part of a team that used a skit to illustrate Self-Sustainability versus Relief/hand-outs. We call it “The Bridge Illustration”, and it is an integral part of our sessions taught. NOT REALLY ABOUT crossing a river per se, this skit does however communicate how individuals can help each other and “own” decisions for themselves as well as others in their indigenous settings in villages.

Profound in its simple yet not simplistic content and communication, this is one of many ways GHNI helps leaders in villages own and embrace sustainability Transformation Community Development(TCD). Enjoy these excellent short clips … and please excuse the “selfie” filming them! 🙂

Please view the following 3 settings of this skit, and note:

CLICK * 1st is Sushil Marandi using a simple table-top to begin the process of teaching our TCD India trainers – Babujan & Manu

CLICK * 2nd is Babujan and Manu only a few minutes later, practicing what they had just learned via the table-top session

CLICK * 3rd is Babujan and Manu maybe an hour later, teaching in excellent fashion, villagers who had gathered on the street