Bangladesh … our newest country!

Our road and path to the new village ...
Our road and path to the new village …

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).

Men planting rice near new village
Men planting rice near new village

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.

New well equals clean drinking water!
New well equals clean drinking water!
Celebrating clean drinking water
Celebrating clean drinking water

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!
Thanks! Dan

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

Water, Good Water Always Has A Start – Dhangadhi, Nepal

Water, good water endeavors, take a measure of time, resources and people-power to accomplish.

"Beginnings" Of A New Well Being Dug
“Beginnings” Of A New Well Being Dug

Wrapping up my time in Dhangadhi, Nepal after our GHNI anti-Human Trafficking Conference, I was able to visit and assess three well sites we(actually you!) have been sponsoring and re-equipping. Each well has it’s own unique history. One was being newly established. While another was already long-term and pumping clean quality water for much-needed irrigation of rice and other crops. And yet another was in the process (literally, while we were there) of being changed over from a high-maintenance/high-energy consumption diesel pump … to an extremely low-maintenance/highly efficient electric pump. All you-GHNI sponsored!

"Pump Installation Ready" Well Awaiting New Electric Pump
“Pump Installation Ready” Well Awaiting New Electric Pump

It’s difficult to put into words all the help and benefits provided in each of these well installations and upgrades. Allow your imagination some entertainment in a few of these listed below. And then “CLICK ON” each/BOTH of the “CLICK ON” texts below to link to a brief video from David(our GHNI Dhangadhi, Nepal Field Lead) to get some additional “fluid perspective” on (1) our work there and (2) the new water being pumped.

* Water: provides for many abundant needs ranging from 2nd-season irrigation, cooking, washing, hygiene, thirst
* Work: provides for needs to work, self-esteem, physical activity and wholeness of life
* Weather: provides for non-season non-monsoonal water needs when water tables are lowest
* Worth: micro-enterprise is a GHNI pillar, providing many potentials for incomes and additional incomes generation
* Winning: Hope is desperately needed in each of our lives. Hope runs in abundance in these TCD endeavors!!!

“#1 – CLICK ON” for video of David explaining some TCD input and these new wells.

"Seconds Away" Is the Water - SEE Video "CLICK HERE"
“Seconds Away” Is the Water – SEE Video “#2 – CLICK HERE”

“#2 – CLICK ON” HERE for well water actually starting to pump out of this new diesel to electric conversion process …

Thanks to YOU … this is all available to increasing numbers of people in “this your village”! 🙂
Dan

Arsenic and Clean Water …

Girl pumping water
ARSENIC …
Arsenic, naturally occurring in water wells on the island of Naktar Diara, is damaging human life. This island just across the Ganges River from Patna, India, is home to many children who regularly drink from its water table source, contaminated with arsenic. GHNI is teaming with another NGO to bring TCD to the 400K inhabitants of Naktar Diara. January, Dan was there with a special team that mentored a bio-sand water filtration system, using only local resources and costing a mere $3 USDollars. Thanks to you … we are able to continue developing TCD on this island and into the India state of Bihar!
Lrg Grp Filter Instruct
Instructing Filter
Sand Bucket
Girls looking on

New Well & TCD Leadership Training in Jatapara, India

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Women are Thankful for Safe Water

“Lilmuni, along with other women, had to go to the river to bring drinking water as they did not have any source of drinking water in their village. Walking 1 km, A couple of times per day for water was one challenge, but the bigger challenge they faced was during rainy season when river was full of water. This kind of situation had forced them to drink unsafe water. This had caused health problems in the past.

“After GHNI has give bore well, the women don’t have to go to river for water. More than that, they get safe drinking water near their home. Lilmuni with other women is very much thankful for GHNI. We have taught all the women about safe drinking water.

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Manu and Babujan

Villagers Excited About Transformational Development

“Manu has now formed TCD Committee in the village. All villagers are excited about this new concept of transformation. Though they may not have the full detail about how the future will look like, but their desire for a better life has given us wide opening in their village. Manu will be taking them through committee training this month.

“Manu and Babujan are going through additional training so that they will be able to train the committee members. One of the things that is slowing us down is the teaching material. Right now, most of the materials are available in English. Some have been translated in Hindi. We have to do the translation of all the materials in Santali.”

Smallest News(e-mail) Is Biggest News!

A little “blip” of an e-mail from our India leadership, reads …

Dear Mike(our GHNI Regional Director),

Yes, we have been able to set water committees in all the three villages we have put tube wells. We also have taken them through the TCD lessons on safe drinking water.

Regards
Sushil Marandi
GHNI India

At brief moments in our lives … the smallest little e-mail like this can communicate such significant “happenings” in our lives and the lives of others we work to help. You are in this also! Thanks … Dan

Leadership Meeting - Dhoker Jhara, India
Leadership Meeting – Dhoker Jhara, India

Recent Well Being Used
Recent Well Being Used

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