ARMENIA – I love being present in these updates!

ARMENIA – (Spitak) House of Esther Refugee Center

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!  

Daniel

GHNI Lead Assist – C./S. Asia and E. Europe

 

Bangladesh TCD … and FLOODING

 

Girl heading to school Bangladesh 8-’17

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.

Boys’ 2x goats Bangladesh 8-’17

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

Young lady at well Bangladesh 8-’17

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.

Woman clearing grain Bangladesh 8-’17

Woman processing corn Bangladesh 8-’17

Woman & 2 loan-animal micro-enterprise Bangladesh 8-’17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Flooding in Bangladesh 8-’17

Giving to this is via our regular Bangladesh site at:

http://www.globalhopenetwork.org/us/village-transformation/bangladesh/champion-village

Always huge “Thank you”(s) to each of you who undergird our work in GHNI to villages we vest in … YOU vest in !

Daniel

 

House of Esther (HoE) – Spitak, ARMENIA … progress!

Fingerling(s) new, of fish being tested

Rain-water recovery system

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

Below ground greenhouse dig-out

Working the concrete pouring

Container placing for fish farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

http://www.globalhopenetwork.org/us/village-transformation/armenia/house-esther

And also consider joining us there in September!

Thanks!  Daniel

Pre-mixing dirt & rock for concrete

Insulating containers for fish farm

Crops growing well at HoE

Concrete pouring for fish farm house

 

SERBIA – Dorgovska Mahala Village – Health Evaluations STT

Snezana & Daphne – Dorgovska Mahala Village – Lebane, SERBIA

Snezana, Gloria, Priya & Filip – Health Evaluation Results

Priya & Filip(translator) – Eye Exams

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.

Dan teaching TCD in Roma home and village – translator Filip

Filip translating at Health Screening

 

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:

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/ghni-rs-djorgovska-mahala?code=village%20page

Again, thanks for all you are and do for this special village in South Serbia!!!  Dan

Health Screening

Health Screenings

Soil & Seeds distributions for Vertical Gardens

STT-Orlando Team and Village Volunteers of Dorgovska Mahala – Lebane, SERBIA

FUN !!!

Difficult “Good-byes” …

Forever relationships …

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