United Nations GHNI Representative !!! Our new addition …

GHNI Gains Presence in the United Nations !!!
This is such fantastic news for GHNI and you who support this your labor of love for the poor …

Isabelle Burgeois is our new UN Representative for GHNI
Isabelle Burgeois is our new UN Representative for GHNI

Isabelle Burgeois

Geneva, Switzerland

Isabelle Bourgeois is a recent addition to GHNI as our Permanent Representative to the United Nations. A native of Geneva, Switzerland, home of GHNI headquarters, Isabelle has worked for many years on the United Nations stage for a wide variety of human rights issues.

With a multidisciplinary training and a master degree in humanitarian action, she is engaged for more than 25 years with NGOs and associations working alongside the most vulnerable. Isabelle enables GHNI to be a global active player at the international level of the United Nations movement, working to strengthen ties between Human Rights efforts, the International Community in Geneva, and GHNI.

Isabelle launched her efforts with GHNI by presenting the following speech at a United Nations Side Event*—an event outside official United Nations meetings, organized for the purpose of sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for informal dialogue among the meetings’ participants.

*social.un.org

A Participatory Approach in the Community Projects

By, Isabelle Bourgeois

We are all aware of the challenges connected to each other, inseparable that arise in the world. The situation remains very fragile. The load for all is growing. The needs are enormous and constantly increasing. They are factors of violence, protest and desertion of their living areas by the affected populations, in particular those affected by extreme poverty.

The NGO Global Hope Network International (GHNI) has experienced positive examples of communities transformed by the active participation of people, groups and villages belonging to the marginalized in the world’s poorest areas. For 12 years in 40 partnership countries, it offers emergency, humanitarian aid and initiates community projects of 3-5 years.

Despite the risks, Global Hope Network International (GHNI) makes it a priority to help and give hope in the most heavily insulated, inaccessible and poorly developed areas. By setting up and carrying out community development projects (TCD), the organization supports, motivates and equips communities so that everyone can participate in the decisions and actions affecting its own life, its own development and that of its entourage.

These collaborative projects are spaces for dialogue and training. They allow individuals to gain confidence in themselves and their relatives. They contribute to help people to have a sense of belonging, to be essential actors in the community while encouraged to stay and develop their own place of life.

http://globalhopenetwork.org/ghni-gains-presence-in-the-united-nations

TCD – Transformational Community Development – Video

Hal & Jamie & kids around new well ...
Hal & Jamie & kids around new well …
Sometimes a good media piece says it all.

Transformational Community Development in Dumka / Dhoker Jhara / Jharkhand, India

TCD Video … very moving …

Enjoy!

Dan

“Seed” Project Day Has No Seeds …

Soccer Field & Player
Soccer Field & Player
Race (women)
Race (women)
A Winner Prize
A Winner Prize
Evening Meeting (TCD)
Evening Meeting (TCD)

Transformational Community Development (TCD) is many times in need of a “hook”, a way to gather people together in order to have a natural venue for explaining the who/what/when/where/why(s) of TCD. We in GHNI call this a “SEED” project day. It is a method for allowing village people to gather in significant numbers in order to build relationships that will foster a natural conversation on the importance of their lives specific to life-changing principles.

In the case of this event in January in the Jharkhand region of India, sports was used as this venue to build trust, a prerequisite to any truly quality TCD initiative.

It is so exciting to see this many people gathered to have fun. More importantly, it is exciting to see these same people gathered in order to hear how TCD can help them in key areas of their lives of Water-Food-Health-Education-Finances. GHNI continues to be committed to these “seed” days as an entry point to development and life-changing endeavors.

A Grand New Year and Thanks To You !!!

A Grand New Year and Thanks To You !!!

It is a New Year and we take this time to celebrate your commitment to your work through us in Global Hope Network International. Regardless of the venue being clean water, agriculture, health/wellness, education, micro-enterprise, anti-human trafficking and the like … we are grateful for your part in all we are and do. Because of your giving, lives are being changed and lifted out of all types of poverty. TCD – Transformational Community Development. It’s what YOU do! Self-sustainability. It’s what YOU do!

Thank you! Your role in all this is vital! Please know this!

Dan and all of us GHNI staff in various countries of Asia, the Middle East and Africa

River Water Lifting Location
River Water Lifting Location
Irrigation Pond
Irrigation Pond
Lunch Time
Lunch Time
Rice For Harvest
Rice For Harvest
Aging
Aging
Rice Field Irrigated
Rice Field Irrigated
A Parched Land
A Parched Land
Young Woman And Child
Young Woman And Child
Water
Water
His opinion ....
His opinion ….
Leadership Discussion
Leadership Discussion
Listening Leader
Listening Leader
Oh a hunting we will go ...
Oh a hunting we will go …
Community Leaders
Community Leaders
Dan w. children Dhoker Jhara
Dan w. children Dhoker Jhara

Video – Sushil Again Our Focus In TCD-India

Sushil is again our focus in GHNI India as he more clearly explains his work, the people, GHNI and the needs of his people the Santals.  Sushil has for the last few months been actively training an additional four leaders in TCD, allowing them preparation time for the new wells going in soon and the implementation of a full-spectrum TCD process.  These leaders are in a set of four villages surrounding Dokher Jhara, India, allowing easier access to the training Sushil gives and continually under-girds.

Wells Of Tirupur, India

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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. 

Foraging The Forests – Korku of India

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Foraging the forests historically, Korku Tribes in Betul District of Madhya Pradesh are some of the most impoverished and malnourished people on the face of the earth.  Historically rangers and caretakers of the forest, their traditional diets have come from just that, foraging the forests.  As a result, they seldom eat nutritious foods and are mostly devoid of protein intake.

Water, of good clean quality has also been in extremely short supply with the Korku.  Many have to travel longs distances to collect small amounts of low quality water for their homes and living needs.

Additionally, due to competition among so-called government groups there, little has been received from the people in terms of genuine self-sustainable help.

GHNI is currently in the process of a project to help in some key areas of need among the Korku. Rameshwer has requested at least 1 good water well and 30 (10 males & 20 females) goats for the village clusters he works in.  Rameswer is a truly good man working under extreme conditions, as he gives to the Korku people from his limited resources.  GHNI is committed to helping Rameswer and the Korku he serves.