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 … !

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

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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Tirana(Durres), Albania … yes, in the Balkans with GHNI/TCD !

Tirana(Duress), Albania greetings!

Gypsy Youth of slums of Duress, Albania
Gypsy Youth of slums of Duress, Albania

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.

TCD Farmers Near Tirana, Albania
TCD Farmers Near Tirana, Albania

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).

Woman Prunning In Greenhouse In Village Of Albania
Woman Prunning In Greenhouse In Village Of Albania

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.

Self-sustainable Greenhouse Of Cucumbers - near Durres, Albania
Self-sustainable Greenhouse Of Cucumbers – near Durres, Albania

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!

Jatapara(village), India New Pump +

"Thank You" from Jatpara, India
“Thank You” from Jatpara, India

Sponsors on specific endeavors and projects are so encouraging. Jatapara, India is a long way from Hilton Hotel, Hawaii. Yet a “connection” was made relationally between the two, as Hilton chose to sponsor a new well in this village.
Jatapara's New Well & Manu w/TCD
Jatapara’s New Well & Manu w/TCD

Manu(our GHNI staff in Jatapara) is currently leading the way as he mentors into this village, TCD, the “knowledge transfer” so important in any self-sustaining endeavor. We are grateful for he and Babujan, who have successfully completed one year of TCD in 4 villages in their areas.
River For Water Lifting
River For Water Lifting

Additionally, due to such successes as these, Hilton is offering to initiate a “River Water Lifting Project” that will allow a vast increase in crop production during the dry seasons.

We in GHNI are so thankful to you our financial backers, who have allowed us to partake of so many good accomplishments in 2014! Too many to list would be an understatement, as you have allowed us to work and develop in all five areas(Water, Food, Health, Income Generation, and Education) in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Joyful Holidays to you in this season of finishing 2014 strong and peering into 2015 with even greater endeavors TOGETHER!
Thanks so very much !!!
Dan