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!
Transformational Community Development (TCD) in Bangladesh with GHNI is still quite in the early stages. Yet so much good has happened in our time there. With excellent partnerships in place from the start, it has made all the difference in how quickly and quality went hand-in-hand.
Education has been at the forefront since day-1. It’s been amazing to watch how:
many more children are attending school
many more children are experiencing the value and future in education
many more parents are now being “pulled-into” the education process, embracing how their children need to continue furthering their education, even at the expense of needs at home
many parents are being ushered into the reality of facing old ideas of marrying off their very young daughters … and instead, allowing them to finish school and potentially into higher quality lives married or single
With better educations, comes organically, better methods of micro-enterprise, food cleanliness and harvesting methods. So much of life goes hand-in-hand, regardless of living in Bangladesh, Serbia, Armenia or West Chicago, Illinois. Life is extremely interconnected.
Catastrophic flooding in Houston, Texas USA and Bangladesh were only days apart. All of us in the USA are helping the Texas victims in whatever capacity we can. If you are so inclined, please consider helping the flood victims of Bangladesh.
Giving to this is via our regular Bangladesh site at:
Refugee Center “House of Esther” in Spitak, ARMENIA has seen huge progress this Spring and into June. Focused acutely on becoming a self-sustaining entity as rapidly as possible, HoE has set up:
Fish Farm equipment and initial fish fingerlings
Rain-water recovery system for irrigating crops
Green-house below-ground foundation and initial ground-water recovery piping
Several new refugees from Syria are now living and working there.
TCD-Transformational Community Development in its 1st stage of TOT-1(Training of Trainers), is to be taught in September.
GHNI is excited to announce that several visitors are also to be there in September, during the TCD training time.
Funds are needed now to finish the greenhouse and HoE still needs all centralized heating systems in place by this Fall. Will you please consider these needs and contribute. Budget analysis indicate that HoE still needs almost $20,000 to finish all needful items before October. Give at:
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.
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You joining us in this endeavor in Nepal is having a huge impact! Thanks for being there with us! Daniel