Sometimes a good media piece says it all.
TCD Video … very moving …
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!
A Grand New Year and Thanks To You !!!
It is a New Year and we take this time to celebrate your commitment to your work through us in Global Hope Network International. Regardless of the venue being clean water, agriculture, health/wellness, education, micro-enterprise, anti-human trafficking and the like … we are grateful for your part in all we are and do. Because of your giving, lives are being changed and lifted out of all types of poverty. TCD – Transformational Community Development. It’s what YOU do! Self-sustainability. It’s what YOU do!
Thank you! Your role in all this is vital! Please know this!
Dan and all of us GHNI staff in various countries of Asia, the Middle East and Africa
Sushil is again our focus in GHNI India as he more clearly explains his work, the people, GHNI and the needs of his people the Santals. Sushil has for the last few months been actively training an additional four leaders in TCD, allowing them preparation time for the new wells going in soon and the implementation of a full-spectrum TCD process. These leaders are in a set of four villages surrounding Dokher Jhara, India, allowing easier access to the training Sushil gives and continually under-girds.
Water, of good clean quality has also been in extremely short supply with the Korku. Many have to travel longs distances to collect small amounts of low quality water for their homes and living needs.
Additionally, due to competition among so-called government groups there, little has been received from the people in terms of genuine self-sustainable help.
GHNI is currently in the process of a project to help in some key areas of need among the Korku. Rameshwer has requested at least 1 good water well and 30 (10 males & 20 females) goats for the village clusters he works in. Rameswer is a truly good man working under extreme conditions, as he gives to the Korku people from his limited resources. GHNI is committed to helping Rameswer and the Korku he serves.
The White Man’s Burden, the book has some insight into what we in GHNI are talking about when it addresses the “Planner” versus the “Searcher”.
Quote: “In foreign aid, Planners announce good intentions but don’t motivate anyone to carry them out; Searchers find things that work and get some reward(for recipients – my add). Planners raise expectations but take no responsibility for meeting them; Searchers accept responsibility for their actions. Planners determine what to supply; Searchers find out what is in demand. Planners apply global blueprints; Searchers adapt to local conditions. Planners at the top lack knowledge of the bottom; Searchers find out what reality is at the bottom.”
GHNI is constantly pursuing that “bottom”, that true need, that which is most helpful in self-sustainability and transforming lives. Embracement, personal embracement of change, and using all local relationships and resources, all go hand in hand. This can never happen in a top-down(bottom) approach.
Searcher … is who we are and how we do it.
I was able to be here for this interview with John and Phil, GHNI staff in Indonesia. It was truly a great time to get to know these guys as we had our staff conference together outside Bangalore, India. Oh yes, and also Jeff Power, our rambling country spot-lighter and donor director.
This interview can be seen at: