GHNI is always seeking out the best relationships and villages in which to vest. May, offered me the privilege to go with Sushil Marandi, to assess and meet his team, as they plan to move into the area and develop TCD. Four hours south of Kolkota, this team of three men of integrity, were all raised in the same orphanage in West Bengal. They have huge hearts to live in this new village and together, bring this community into it’s full potential of self-sustainability. This could easily become “THE” Model TCD village, offering to mentor itself out to neighboring villages.
Thank you … YOU … for being such an integral part of this endeavor. If you would like to financially support this specific new TCD village, or Daniel, in his focus helping there, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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)
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)
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)
Thanks always for your vestments in our labors to bring help and hope to the hidden and hurting, become self-sustaining! Daniel
Gift(s) in knowledge transfer and embracement can truly be one of the best gifts given and received. GHNI is committed to GIVING!
November, I(Dan) was able to be a part of a team that used a skit to illustrate Self-Sustainability versus Relief/hand-outs. We call it “The Bridge Illustration”, and it is an integral part of our sessions taught. NOT REALLY ABOUT crossing a river per se, this skit does however communicate how individuals can help each other and “own” decisions for themselves as well as others in their indigenous settings in villages.
Profound in its simple yet not simplistic content and communication, this is one of many ways GHNI helps leaders in villages own and embrace sustainability Transformation Community Development(TCD). Enjoy these excellent short clips … and please excuse the “selfie” filming them! 🙂
Please view the following 3 settings of this skit, and note:
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.
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
GHNI Gains Presence in the United Nations !!!
This is such fantastic news for GHNI and you who support this your labor of love for the poor …
Isabelle Bourgeois is a recent addition to GHNI as our Permanent Representative to the United Nations. A native of Geneva, Switzerland, home of GHNI headquarters, Isabelle has worked for many years on the United Nations stage for a wide variety of human rights issues.
With a multidisciplinary training and a master degree in humanitarian action, she is engaged for more than 25 years with NGOs and associations working alongside the most vulnerable. Isabelle enables GHNI to be a global active player at the international level of the United Nations movement, working to strengthen ties between Human Rights efforts, the International Community in Geneva, and GHNI.
Isabelle launched her efforts with GHNI by presenting the following speech at a United Nations Side Event*—an event outside official United Nations meetings, organized for the purpose of sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for informal dialogue among the meetings’ participants.
A Participatory Approach in the Community Projects
By, Isabelle Bourgeois
We are all aware of the challenges connected to each other, inseparable that arise in the world. The situation remains very fragile. The load for all is growing. The needs are enormous and constantly increasing. They are factors of violence, protest and desertion of their living areas by the affected populations, in particular those affected by extreme poverty.
The NGO Global Hope Network International (GHNI) has experienced positive examples of communities transformed by the active participation of people, groups and villages belonging to the marginalized in the world’s poorest areas. For 12 years in 40 partnership countries, it offers emergency, humanitarian aid and initiates community projects of 3-5 years.
Despite the risks, Global Hope Network International (GHNI) makes it a priority to help and give hope in the most heavily insulated, inaccessible and poorly developed areas. By setting up and carrying out community development projects (TCD), the organization supports, motivates and equips communities so that everyone can participate in the decisions and actions affecting its own life, its own development and that of its entourage.
These collaborative projects are spaces for dialogue and training. They allow individuals to gain confidence in themselves and their relatives. They contribute to help people to have a sense of belonging, to be essential actors in the community while encouraged to stay and develop their own place of life.
Visualized it, written about it, budgeted for it, and reported on it; but this was my first time actually being on site and seeing the drilling process for water. February was a great month to be in India again for two weeks!
It is a fascinating thing to watch not only the drilling process, but also the human activity going on around such an important “event” in the lives of the recipients. People were everywhere!
One such well in one village, can usually have the capacity to provide water for 150-300 people. One of our goals in GHNI is to provide the very best of both water “quality” and “quantity” sufficient for such a village as this in Jatapara, India.
Thanks to you who provide such financial backing, we in GHNI are able to bring not only this water source; but also the critical means of Transformational Community Development(TCD), that trains TCD Trainers to build self-sustainability into every project and process we commit to. This is your work! Thanks!