Crank’n Good Reports Out of India !!!

Stream Dam – 2nd crop
Manu w/ 2nd crop

Titling Standard  – IN 002 Dhokerjhara 1702  Monthly Update

Country: India                                     TCD Location: Dhokerjhara

 Your name: Manu Kisku                     Date – 29 March 2017

 This month we are excited seeing fruit of our labour. Two months back, me and some villagers had planted wheat paddy, now it’s grown big and ready to become a model of the second cropping. Because of the less water, people didn’t want to risk their capital on second cropping, but we successfully showed them that; from the nearby seasonal river, we can get enough water to cultivate our farms. We blocked the river with mud and stones and made a small dam. Water on this dam is sufficient enough to fulfill the need of our farms. We are hoping that next time more other villagers will get involve with us for the second cropping. It’s very hard to convince people for something which they are not used to. Making them do second cropping has always been a great challenge for us.

Raj – Student At Computer Cen
TCD lessons w/ women of the local community
Priyanka H. – Computer Center

Titling Standard –IN 006 Hooghly 1701 Monthly Update

Country: INDIA                                                TCD Location: Hooghly          

Your name: Bapi Banerjee                             Date –05 February 2017

We have started new group in a place called ‘camp’. There mostly people are migrated from Bangladesh. I have given them the lesson on relief and development with the story of river crossing. They are very enthusiastic to learn themselves and agreed to teach others as well. The people in the camp are living in very congested area, many houses has even no drain to pass the wastage water of their house. There is no drainage facility available. People are suffering from diseases. So I have decided to do the TCD lessons with them to have development in their community.

Computer center is also going on well. The kids are now learning school course. We have kids from different classes such as grade 3rd to university level.  Such as one young girl name Priyanka H., she is very interested in learning computer, though I wrote about her before. Her father is a carpenter and mother is a maid servant. Priyanka is learning computer since one year with our center. She did very well in her computer subject in the school.

These are but a few of the reports I have received monthly from our TCD ventures in India.  Thanks to you, we are able to move forward in many other villages and in many other venues of TCD!  Thank you!!!  Daniel

12 Year Old Boy Is Back In School – Bangladesh

12 Year Old Boy Is Back In School – Bangladesh

S. in Village V. 12 years old ...
S. in Village V. 12 years old …

I’m Back To School

S. a 12 year boy work full time to contribute to family income. Last year he used to go to school along with his other friends from his community. His elder brother works in Dhaka city and earns little and could not help the family. Last year his father passed away after severe cardiac arrest. Mother become helpless and the boy had to leave school. Entire life mother was housewife and never worked to earn.

Now she work as farmer in other farmers land to run the family. S. was working as silversmith and earn to help mother. Every day he work over 9 hour making ornament. S. was never happy leaving school. S. join TCD children group in January 2017. He loves this group because for him this is class. He loves learning. Our facilitator has taken initiative to talk to the mother and assess the situation. TCD-worker L. talk to the mother and made her understand that it is important for S. to go to school. Mother agreed half day school and half day work.

TCD is working with the mother how to help her to increase income and develop her capacity. S. is extremely happy to be back to school.

other happenings in the same village …

Progress Report – February ’17 

Changing village in to a Model Village is taking place in V.(village). Now they have 7 women group and over 140 members are regularly meeting. Following activities are happening on a regular basis:

  1. Saving collection
  2. Small loan for small income generating work
  3. Homestead gardening
  4. Cleaning village
  5. Using unused land
  6. Sending children school
  7. Improving health through knowledge sharing

They also have 2 children group. They are learning contextual health issues. They are keeping home and its errands clean. Practicing hygiene lessons. There are also 2 youth group within the same village. Youth are helping community people and assisting poor farmer who needed help in farming. This village looks like one family.

Need your help so that village could be win physically and mentally and emotionally and in all relationships.

Thanks for your continued help in villages similar to this across S. Asia with GHNI … as you have viewed this “limited edit” report – Daniel

Traction abundant in India … awesome India !

Dhokerjhara-selling his vegetables abundant
Manik … Dhokerjhara-selling his vegetables abundant

Fresh reports “semi-edited” from source …

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)

Bablu - selling chickpeas
Bablu – selling chickpeas
Rupam - Hooghly Village Computer Centre
Rupam – Hooghly Village Computer Centre

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)

Jatapara Village goats ...
Jatapara Village goats …

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)

Goats(new) in Jatapara Village, India
Goats(new) in Jatapara Village, India

Thanks always for your vestments in our labors to bring help and hope to the hidden and hurting, become self-sustaining!  Daniel

Education & Income-Generation in Jatapara, India !

Jatapara the GHNI adopted village in India near Dumka is now keenly focused on Education and Income Generation.
Jatapara Teaching 5-14
“Ownership” of these issues secure … their indigenous local committee chose these two as their top priority needs. Because of a lack of quality teachers in the government school, students learn little. Initially, parents were a good measure laissez faire about their children’s education. After TCD brought awareness about education and their children’s’ precious futures, parental priorities changed. The number of children now attending after-school has increase from 15 to 60. Along with education, they are also teaching music and dance. The children are naturally very excited about this!
Jatapara Dance Teaching

Jatapara also formed an Income Generation committee of all ladies. Men from this village go to Dumka and other towns for work. It is very difficult to get them involved in the committee. Many of the women in this village make country liquor and sell it to earn some money. During our committee meeting they agreed that this is not good for their society. So they have decided to plant cash crop for additional income.

Good things are happening in this village! Thanks for your help in this!

Education: Young & Not-So … Getting TCD Going …

Transformational Community Development (TCD) is all about the community leading their own change. In this story recently shared with us by GHNI-India, we were encouraged to see that age doesn’t matter when it comes to serving one’s community!

Jatapara, India Committee
Jatapara, India Committee

Jatapara Village, India

“We have been able to train the committee and they are able to see the importance of TCD.

“Det’ is a student in grade 12. She knows the importance of education. During our TCD training, she actively took part in learning about community development.

“In our last lesson with the community, we could identify problems that are preventing them from developing self-sustainabilities better. Lack of education was their top problem! So, as a community, they made two action steps.

“One: All women agreed to send their kids to school on time.

“Two: Det’ will teach all kids before they go to school. She has already started teaching those children who otherwise would do nothing after or before school time.”
GHNI India Staff Quotes
Thanks for your help in developing Jatapara, India and our work in GHNI!
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

Gift(s) In Knowledge Transfer … Relief versus Self-Sustainability

Dan & amp; Kids In Jatapara As Parents Learned Development
Dan &Kids In Jatapara As Parents Learned Development

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:

CLICK * 1st is Sushil Marandi using a simple table-top to begin the process of teaching our TCD India trainers – Babujan & Manu

CLICK * 2nd is Babujan and Manu only a few minutes later, practicing what they had just learned via the table-top session

CLICK * 3rd is Babujan and Manu maybe an hour later, teaching in excellent fashion, villagers who had gathered on the street