ARMENIA – I love being present in these updates!

ARMENIA – (Spitak) House of Esther Refugee Center

I love being present and on-the-ground in an update such as this!  These people are absolutely wonderful … these refugees who have been through so much pain, are life-giving yet again!

Great pleasure is mine in being here in Spitak, ARMENIA, House of Esther(HoE) … and in relating to you these refugees from war-torn Syria.  It’s difficult to communicate their gratefulness in our presence and our meager gifts of time, teaching and relationships deepened.  A warmer audience one will not find.

Each has a story of great loss of homes, family members, friends, neighbors.  

 

 

Since my time here last year, chicken coops have been expanded, a fish farm started, gardens enlarged, fruit trees planted, volunteers recruited, furniture and appliances delivered, buildings insulated, and many other living conditions improved.  Deeper yet is the foundation of “HOPE” they now have, in a secure location free from war-tensions and greater losses. 

 

 

 

A primary focus has been in the teaching of TCD-Transformational Community Development.  While I usually teach such courses in villager-settings, this material is adaptable to HoE and refugees starting lives over.  Our aim in HoE is for it to become as self-sustaining as is possible.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local entrepreneur Gayane was very gracious in showing us her business as well as translating for us in the TCD sessions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for being such an integral part of such Help and Hope to others!  

Daniel

GHNI Lead Assist – C./S. Asia and E. Europe

 

12 Year Old Boy Is Back In School – Bangladesh

12 Year Old Boy Is Back In School – Bangladesh

S. in Village V. 12 years old ...
S. in Village V. 12 years old …

I’m Back To School

S. a 12 year boy work full time to contribute to family income. Last year he used to go to school along with his other friends from his community. His elder brother works in Dhaka city and earns little and could not help the family. Last year his father passed away after severe cardiac arrest. Mother become helpless and the boy had to leave school. Entire life mother was housewife and never worked to earn.

Now she work as farmer in other farmers land to run the family. S. was working as silversmith and earn to help mother. Every day he work over 9 hour making ornament. S. was never happy leaving school. S. join TCD children group in January 2017. He loves this group because for him this is class. He loves learning. Our facilitator has taken initiative to talk to the mother and assess the situation. TCD-worker L. talk to the mother and made her understand that it is important for S. to go to school. Mother agreed half day school and half day work.

TCD is working with the mother how to help her to increase income and develop her capacity. S. is extremely happy to be back to school.

other happenings in the same village …

Progress Report – February ’17 

Changing village in to a Model Village is taking place in V.(village). Now they have 7 women group and over 140 members are regularly meeting. Following activities are happening on a regular basis:

  1. Saving collection
  2. Small loan for small income generating work
  3. Homestead gardening
  4. Cleaning village
  5. Using unused land
  6. Sending children school
  7. Improving health through knowledge sharing

They also have 2 children group. They are learning contextual health issues. They are keeping home and its errands clean. Practicing hygiene lessons. There are also 2 youth group within the same village. Youth are helping community people and assisting poor farmer who needed help in farming. This village looks like one family.

Need your help so that village could be win physically and mentally and emotionally and in all relationships.

Thanks for your continued help in villages similar to this across S. Asia with GHNI … as you have viewed this “limited edit” report – Daniel

House of Esther – Spitak, Armenia … there … !

House of Esther – Spitak, Armenia

It’s truly a beauty to behold, when one sees one person, impassioned, committed to a task at hand, accomplish so much in 5 short weeks of their “vacation” time!  Please witness this man and his accomplishments … Vince Melkonian.

Vince & Marie(daughter)
Vince & Marie(daughter)

HoE – House of Esther, in Spitak, Armenia is a future home of transition, healing, and wholeness for refugees out of Syria and other needful locations.  Seeing that TCD-Transformational Community Development can happen in this setting, Vince is focused on allowing GHNI to serve alongside he and others, as they help some of the neediest people of Armenian decent, displaced in war-torn locations.

To accomplish this, much logistics have to happen in short order, especially as winter is fast approaching this higher elevation locale.

New Chicken Pen HoE
New Chicken Pen HoE
Pig Pen Being Built HoE
Pig Pen Being Built HoE

 

Green House In Progress HoE
Green House In Progress HoE

Pig pens were built.  Chicken coops were built. Manure, top-soil and fertilizer were brought in for establishing fields of farming.  Green-houses were established.  Crops planted in early Spring were harvested.  Dorms for refugees were configured.  Vision seminars for TCD were taught to those living there and locals.   Relationships between organizations were further secured, as UNHCR-Armenia, GHNI, ALEPPO org., and others came together to commit to this special place.

 

Further help is needed in finances, as we secure a manager for, and make all provisions needful for full-fledged self-sustainability or HoE.  Will you please consider these needs and all we all seek to accomplish here.   It’s a great semi-rural location for vetted refugees to re-establish life and become healthy again.   Donations can be made at:   https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/ghni-AM-House-of-Esther?code=Refugees%20in%20the%20Middle%20East%20Webpage

Thank you … Daniel!

UNHCR-Armenia - ALEPPO-GHNI +
UNHCR-Armenia – ALEPPO-GHNI +
Soil Samples(results) HoE
Soil Samples(results) HoE
Soil Sample Team (Herach-Marie-Dan) HoE
Soil Sample Team (Herach-Marie-Dan) HoE
Drying Fruit HoE
Drying Fruit HoE

 

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

Bangladesh Flood Report – GHNI

It’s alway encouraging to receive “hot-off-the-press” reports from our field staff. Following is one from Bangladesh, with limited(grammar imperfect) editing …

Rice-culling from Bony-GHNI-Bangladesh Team Distribution
Rice-culling from Bony-GHNI-Bangladesh Team Distribution

Temporary Shelter For Flood Victims
Temporary Shelter For Flood Victims
GHNI-Food Distribution, post-flooding
GHNI-Food Distribution, post-flooding
Temporary Shelter - Post Flood
Temporary Shelter – Post Flood

Dear Sushil,
Greetings!
For your Kind information … here is flood response report.

Flood Project Report
Total Families Helped: 100
(Location: Gaibandha: 50, Sathkhira : 50)
By good grace we were able to distribute your kind GHNI gift and your support to flood effective peoples. Though there was big challenge to meet demand of effective community like: we are giving 100 families where more than 500 candidates received assistance. Our team really worked hard to do this hard implementation. They identify most significant candidates and give slip to collect goods from nearby safe place. Grateful we were able to help 100 families and giving 300 individuals flood informations.
This works opened door to help more later. Every place I clearly explain that this gift coming from our friends GHNI who love them and that love send this help.
I thankful in Gaibandha there is no long term helping and to start follow-up and assistance/TCD,

Distribution Location - GHNI
Distribution Location – GHNI

Thank you so much GHNI. I also thanks our volunteers that they combined with this program and get vision to help other.

I am attaching some picture and some story before and after distribution.
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As I find out those families lost their crops so when water will come down they start cultivation again and they need future seed, fertilizer and awareness program.

Temporary Shelter & Food Distributions
Temporary Shelter & Food Distributions

Please stay touch as we want to help them with other needs.
I believe this project made a big impact locally because with us local nationlal peoples also join and help distribution and they proclaim GHNI peoples really love others.
Bless you.
Regards,

Bony
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Nepal – DR … to TCD !

Little boy & bag (village help) - Nepal
Little boy & bag (village help) – Nepal

GHNI-Nepal is wholly committed to TCD-Transformational Community Development. Disaster Relief, in the mean time, has consumed all our energies and resources to date since the earthquakes. We are still in the throws of disaster relief right now.
Tin distribution-village 8-'15
Tin distribution-village 8-’15

The majority of our income-donations for Nepal continues to be requested and focused on DR. Vast numbers of villages are still in need of DR help from so many sources, and we are helping in every conceivable way we can in GHNI.
off-loading truck -Nepal 8-'15
off-loading truck -Nepal 8-’15

Winter is coming quick, and shelter from the elements is essential to all remote villages. So we continue disaster relief.
Tents Kathmandu 8-'15
Tents Kathmandu 8-’15

Yet … yet, GHNI is not primarily a DR agent. So as soon as we can see the “light-of-day” from DR … we are transitioning in TCD! Thanks for being so faithful in helping us in this hoped-for transition coming soon in Nepal. It’s our heart to provide self-sustainability as quickly as possible … !
Dan

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