TCD – Transformational Community Development training is extremely rare in the USA. Very frequently, our staff are in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe … teaching and activating TCD in impoverished villages and communities. So when two local groups approached us here in Colorado, for teaching them the full 1st level of TCD, we were almost in shock.
At their initiative, they were eager learners, both from a level of implementing TCD in the impoverished settings they personally work in locally/globally, as well as the principles of TCD that spill over into so much of healthy life and living.
SKYPE-ing in live TCD Workers from Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Nepal and our recent STT-Short Term Team member Priya(who did an excellent job of explaining the health assessments we did in Serbia in May) … was key to helping all attendees sense a “realness” to this training, on the ground, in various countries and settings!
This TCD Training in Colorado, and YOUR faithfulness in financial contributions and caring … are all most effectual in bringing communities and individuals out of every possible meaning of poverty! Thanks you! Daniel
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!
STT-Short Term Team from Orlando, Florida was on the ground only days ago in the Roma/Gypsy village of Dorgovska Mahala, Lebane, SERBIA. In every capacity, this team complimented each other as they served the local community in basic health evaluations of blood-work, urine analysis, blood pressure, weight and height, and eye exams. We in GHNI are extremely proud of this team, as they worked so well together, allowing the translator(Filip) to weave through all the activities for three days of non-stop fun, relationship-building, and the serious nature of health screenings. Somewhat expecting reluctancy initially from the Roma community, they quickly took to us and our desire to serve in these capacities.
TCD-Transformational Community Development was taught on two different days, and a measurably high percentage of the attendees ended the sessions, eager to implement what they had learned so far, unreserved! This certainly excites us in GHNI, as it means the local TCD-Trainer (Snezana) has both done an excellent job of preparing their lives relationally for sustainable development … and will be allowed to continue vesting in their lives in the coming year and years.
Year ahead looks extremely promising, as we look to Snezana for continued leadership and the hope of adding an additional trainer from within this Roma/Gypsy community! This potential person is key in allowing them as Roma, to lift themselves out of generational entrenched poverty.
Thanks to you in abundance for allowing all this to happen so quickly and in such a quality manner, all in only one year so far! If you would enjoy helping this particular Roma village lift themselves out of poverty, and in turn preparing them to lift other Roma villages in the area out of poverty, please visit us at:
GHNI receives both Monthly and Quarterly Reports from each village TCD work and TCD trainers. All S. Asia(India/Nepal/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh), Armenia, and Serbia reports come to me initially, then on to the Geneva and Orlando offices for further editing and publishing on our GHNI WEB SITE. It’s truly a privilege to get an initial look at all that’s going on in these regions!
Nepal has a new village initiative and it’s not afraid to boast about it a bit! We in GHNI are so proud of this village and its’ TCD Trainer, as they begin to tackle all the needful areas of their village. It’s a tall order for a truly impoverished village. Yet they take this baton of responsibility seriously and in unity. This Quarterly Report represents them well:
GLOBAL HOPE NETWORK INTERNATIONAL
Quarterly TCD Progress Report
Titling Standard – COUNTRY CODE: NP, Project Location: NP005, Year: 2017, QTR Number: 01
January to March 2017
COUNTRY: Nepal TCD CODE/LOCATION: Village (DG)
YOUR NAME: Sushil B. DATE: 9th April, 2017
Is there an approved proposal & budget on file? YES
4-P Letter (write 4-P Letter in space below in story form)
In the month of February 2017, we started our work in eastern part of Nepal. We have targeted 300-350 families to work with about 2000 people living in this village. Most of the people are from poor Rshidev (Musahar) tribe of Dalits community (Oppressed). They don’t have good houses but live in small hut where their cattle live together. Most of them do not have their own land.
They don’t have toilet that is why use open field. We discussed about the health issues that has been affected by open toilet. Now they realized that it is very important to have toilet at their house. Therefore we have started toilet construction in partnership with VDC in that village. People in that village both man and women actively participated at the program. In the first phase, they have selected 30 homes to make toilets for TCD program to bring health awareness in that village. They have committed labor themselves for the toilet construction. Also, our staffs have started teaching children, those who don’t go to school and also help women for literacy classes. They have already made committee for toilet construction and micro loan. Suni M. and Sripa R. are helping teaching anti-human trafficking and TCD lessons.
In this month we have continued teaching lessons on anti-human trafficking, awareness introductory lessons to the women groups, literacy classes and teaching children. We taught general lessons on health and hygiene. We taught hand washing to both women and children.
VDC couldn’t provide toilet materials to 30 families at a time. Out of them 10 families have started constructing toilets.
PERSONAL REPORT – Tell us how you are doing personally.
Su and Sri both of us are healthy and good.
What are the obstacles, challenges, or opportunities facing this program?
Please provide details and discuss possible solutions.
Working in a poor community is always challenging. People have a great expectation from GHNI. TCD lessons, awareness and seed projects will help them understand the reality.
What are your goals for the upcoming quarter?
In the upcoming quarter, we have a plan for building relationship with community people linking with women groups and start self-sustainable groups. Raise awareness about anti-human trafficking in the village.
# of HH
# of HH
# people in
# of TCD
# people in
% of Children
# of TCD
Ave # people
In TCD Lesson
You joining us in this endeavor in Nepal is having a huge impact! Thanks for being there with us! Daniel
Titling Standard – IN 002 Dhokerjhara 1702 Monthly Update
Country: India TCD Location: Dhokerjhara
Your name: Manu Kisku Date – 29 March 2017
This month we are excited seeing fruit of our labour. Two months back, me and some villagers had planted wheat paddy, now it’s grown big and ready to become a model of the second cropping. Because of the less water, people didn’t want to risk their capital on second cropping, but we successfully showed them that; from the nearby seasonal river, we can get enough water to cultivate our farms. We blocked the river with mud and stones and made a small dam. Water on this dam is sufficient enough to fulfill the need of our farms. We are hoping that next time more other villagers will get involve with us for the second cropping. It’s very hard to convince people for something which they are not used to. Making them do second cropping has always been a great challenge for us.
Titling Standard –IN 006 Hooghly 1701 Monthly Update
Country: INDIA TCD Location: Hooghly
Your name: Bapi Banerjee Date –05 February 2017
We have started new group in a place called ‘camp’. There mostly people are migrated from Bangladesh. I have given them the lesson on relief and development with the story of river crossing. They are very enthusiastic to learn themselves and agreed to teach others as well. The people in the camp are living in very congested area, many houses has even no drain to pass the wastage water of their house. There is no drainage facility available. People are suffering from diseases. So I have decided to do the TCD lessons with them to have development in their community.
Computer center is also going on well. The kids are now learning school course. We have kids from different classes such as grade 3rd to university level. Such as one young girl name Priyanka H., she is very interested in learning computer, though I wrote about her before. Her father is a carpenter and mother is a maid servant. Priyanka is learning computer since one year with our center. She did very well in her computer subject in the school.
These are but a few of the reports I have received monthly from our TCD ventures in India. Thanks to you, we are able to move forward in many other villages and in many other venues of TCD! Thank you!!! Daniel
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:
Small loan for small income generating work
Using unused land
Sending children school
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
Short Term Teams are critical to our work in GHNI. Premised on the reality that a persons’ “presence” is powerful; the larger reality is that those who go are measurably transformed, and will have a better heart and head for those in need, experiencing a reality impossible for those who do not go.
Hawaii is a very long way from Nepal. Yet, this Short Term Team was extremely instrumental in moving TCD-Transformational Community Development further along in the villages they served in.
Speaking “cross-culturally” of STT(s), there really is no such thing as a giver or receiver. Both the Hawaii Team AND the Nepal village nationals are giving and receiving of each other, as they relate and learn from each other. As a USA citizen, I can personally vouch for the breadth and depth of what I have personally “received” in working overseas. Nationals are vast in their willingness to “give”, even in those times I am there to serve them. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been GIVEN TO, as nationals in Romania, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and other locales have given me their last chicken, simply because I was the honored guest. It’s a radically humbling experience! And yet we do serve, sometimes in ways we least know.
So come join us to “serve” in GHNI. And I promise you, you will never ever be the same.
A huge “Thank You” to the Hawaii Team. And as my once 4-year old child would say … an even “huger” “Thank You” to the Nepalese nationals who allowed this Hawaii Team the experience and memory of a life-time! Serving has been a true pleasure.