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.
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.
Winter is coming quick, and shelter from the elements is essential to all remote villages. So we continue disaster relief.
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 … !
Earthquake disaster relief continues via GHNI …
Short Term Team – STT/GHNI was on the ground last week in Nepal, as they helped in relieving “some” of the devastation encountered by villagers and in Kathmandu.
Amazing hospitality never ceases to amaze our team, as even now living in temporary shelters made of sticks, roof tins, tarps, etc., the locals in one tiny village we helped, insisted on feeding us the best of their best. “Humbled”, is a word that couldn’t come close to how we felt. These people are amazing in how they are committed to re-establishing life, regardless of resources. We were there simply to provide such.
Provisions of roofing tin(s), tarps, rice and other food essentials were distributed by our team in both remote village locations, as well as in Kathmandu.
Purchasing and utilizing “local resources” is a foundational GHNI concept. GHNI desires, as much as possible, to support and enhance the local economies, purchasing from these sources when possible, even in disaster relief times such as this.
Beauty of life, new and not so, continues to rise from the rubble of these types of disasters … giving us all a glimpse of the “potential” goodness of life and the extraordinary hope intrinsic in some.
“Just” another e-mail from our Nepal(Kiran Karki) national director to Sushi(S. Asia director) …
We had been in Nallu VDC Lalitpur for Relief Assessment. Nallu is a remote
village of Lalitpur district. It is about 35 kilometer from Kathmandu to the
east. Nallu populated with poor typical Tamang people. Nallu is one of the
highly affected VDC by the earthquake. It not only shaked the houses but
shaked the heart of the people and took them to the zero. Their main earning
source is labor. We will distribute them food items for relief now but we
are trying to focus TCD in that village in the days to come.
Also there is a humble request to provide tin for 9 Chepang poor families
from Raksirang Makawanpur. We are going to distribute them in this week.
At least once per week, these come across my desk.
Thanks for being so integral in all we are and do in Nepal disaster relief work there!
1987’s Summer, I was on 2-month youth(ful) “wild-hair” trip through Eastern Europe, gazing from Macedonia across Lake Ohrid, at what was then described as one of THE most closed and oppressive countries in Eastern Europe and the world, Albania! Yesterday’s conversation with my Albanian friend(Agron), who was 12 years old in ’87, confirmed the brutal iron grip of the communists here in his youth. Today it’s very hard to believe I’m actually back in this region of the world and especially Europe.
The past few days have been phenomenal, as those committed to self-sustainable approaches to development via TCD, have participated together in training and helping villages in Albania develop out and expand their work in the poorest of the poor villages among gypsies(Roma).
It is such a privilege to present to you our newest endeavors in this Balkan region of Europe. As always, GHNI is helping the poorest of the poor and severely marginalized. Already, they are asking GHNI (and me) to be back in the region ASAP(within 90 days), equipping local leadership focused in gypsy villages in southern Serbia.
GHNI is committed to the work of self-sustainability among the poorest of the poor, regardless of location and culture. So while all my personal work and updates to date have been in South Asia, we go where greatest needs are. Thanks for your help in helping us qualitatively and quantitatively multiply TCD-Transformational Community Development even here … in the Balkans!
GHNI Afghanistan Staff Report: (semi-edited)
Our trees became a model in the Yakawlang District of Afghanistan. As we approach Spring, thousands of poplar tree cuttings will be distributed to farmers in the area. Many farmers are gathering in the tree fields and asking for cuttings, that they in turn can re-plant for their own tree seedlings. It shows that they saw the results and trees have a good impact in their villages. They wait for cuttings and plant in their own fields.
Many farmers have become self-sustainable through these efforts, and we are seeing many poplar tree fields in other parts of the Yakawlang District.
Settled deep in a desert valley, like much of Afghanistan, the Valley of Al* has suffered from decades of war and drought. In times past, Afghans were self-sufficient in food production, and they also managed fruit and nut orchards, raising enough of both to export. Following the war, much of the forests, orchards, and tree cover have been destroyed.
Transformational Community Development:
GHNI has been involved in the agriculture sector for several years in Afghanistan, including training farmers in agriculture practices. The results have been encouraging.
The people in this area had previously been relying on the ever rising production of poppies for income. Opium, made from poppies, is a highly trafficked drug and this farming community knew there must be a better way to feed their families.
Poplars are already used throughout Afghanistan in construction and as fuel wood. This established market, coupled with the fast growth characteristics of the introduced hybrids, offers an excellent opportunity for an agricultural product that will compete with poppies as a source of income. (Indeed, one farmer stood before his neighbors and proclaimed, “These are better than poppies!”)
GHNI sees its role as a catalyst, setting up model poplar woodlots and supporting farmers in creating others, and then having others copy these successes. GHNI supplies the capital and expertise to introduce this business model, and can work with Ministry of Agriculture officials to educate local farmers and create a market for the cuttings.
Bangladesh … our newest country, village, water well, leadership development, and friends!
One of the greatest joys of any people working together in a common cause is to see an extension of their common efforts and quality labors together. Bangladesh is our newest example of this. With over a year in preparation, ground work, and relating to other organizations and leaders, we have now in February celebrated GHNI’s newest venture into what was once called “East Pakistan”(Bangladesh).
Water, clean drinkable water was the urgent need in this village, a couple of hours from the capital city of Dhaka. The villagers were ecstatic that we, together with them, were able to provide this new well. Celebrations are never a small endeavor in any village now having clean water. And they showered the visiting team with much in ceremonial thanks and words of gratefulness.
Because of your generosity and willingness to give, our efforts together(with you) have opened up Bangladesh in new and self-sustainable ways! The celebration we experienced there … was for YOU also!
Pratiraksha is doing such a phenomenal work in and around her home town of Dhangadhi, Nepal! Many times every month, she is spending time with children, parents and family members, “pulling” them into her warm personality and deep knowledge concerning Counter-Human Trafficking, HIV/AIDS awareness, Health, and Education.
One of the beauties of seeing her work is in how she can so easily “draw/pull” a large number of people into her circle of influence, helping them in differing methods of education and the like. She and her mom also run an orphanage of 17 children, and an open-door clinic. Her ability to integrate Transformational Community Development(TCD) of GHNI into all she is and does, has been a win-win for all involved, especially the recipients of her work there in Nepal.