A Grand New Year and Thanks To You !!!

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

River Water Lifting Location
River Water Lifting Location
Irrigation Pond
Irrigation Pond
Lunch Time
Lunch Time
Rice For Harvest
Rice For Harvest
Aging
Aging
Rice Field Irrigated
Rice Field Irrigated
A Parched Land
A Parched Land
Young Woman And Child
Young Woman And Child
Water
Water
His opinion ....
His opinion ….
Leadership Discussion
Leadership Discussion
Listening Leader
Listening Leader
Oh a hunting we will go ...
Oh a hunting we will go …
Community Leaders
Community Leaders
Dan w. children Dhoker Jhara
Dan w. children Dhoker Jhara

Wells Of Tirupur, India

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Tirupur, India is in many ways hostage to its own success.  A major clothing and garment manufacturing center of India, tens of thousands remain without basic needs such as clean water.  These are subjugated to “system” of slavery intrinsic to this industry that pays $4-$7 dollars per week, depending on whether you are a women/man and where one is in the processes of this type of manufacturing.  Most in the West would call it “slave labor”.  GHNI is now(7/’12) in the process of digging its first well in this neediest of locations.  This water is available for not only home domestic needs, but will also be available for irrigation purposes also needed in these families for crops cultivation.  Dan was there at the end of 2011 and personally witnessed these families in dire need of clean water. 

Foraging The Forests – Korku of India

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Foraging the forests historically, Korku Tribes in Betul District of Madhya Pradesh are some of the most impoverished and malnourished people on the face of the earth.  Historically rangers and caretakers of the forest, their traditional diets have come from just that, foraging the forests.  As a result, they seldom eat nutritious foods and are mostly devoid of protein intake.

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.

Anti-HT Newsletter intro …

200 women came walking through the breezeway at 10:00am into an old building in Kolkata(Calcutta), India.  During the time just before their day of work at the clothing center, it came in a strong grip to me … these women were actually “saved”, saved from the slavery of the sex trade industry.  Photography and interviews were forbidden due to all types of risks to these women and those helping them.  We were however allowed to speak openly with the leadership, in this one of seven organizations we the GHNI team investigated for our TCD work in the “source” villages these women came from.  Words cannot describe how sobering it was.  Most trickery and deception comes when the girls are hardly or not at all in puberty.  Within a ½-mile radius of our location, there were 20,000 women in prostitution, with 40,000 clients each night.  The 200 women in front of us seemed so few in comparison.

Symbolic Art of anti-Human Trafficking

Anti-Human Trafficking

Back from Kolkata(Calcutta), India … where half of our trip was invested in building relationships and a deeper understanding of how GHNI can assist and work alongside people and organizations already involved in anti-human trafficking.  “Sober” is putting it extremely lightly, as we the team of three began to delve into and more deeply understand this devastating and complex work among a diverse group of organizations and philosophies pressing into these needs.  Photography and personal interviews were simply not allowed; and for many-MANY good reasons.  It was an experience I will never forget!         Please note picture is blurred for privacy issues.  

Women & Children (blurred)

Human Trafficking & TCD

Prostitutes in red light district, India.

GHNI is committed to TCD-Transformational Community Development for many reasons.  One vital reason is that via TCD, incomes

Mumbai, India a mom with a photo of her lost daughter (credit: "Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.")

become self-sustaining in villages; villages that are preyed upon by those sponsoring human trafficking.  Our work and co-laborative efforts with other organizations fighting against human trafficking and sexual exploitation is vital.  Working together with others, we in GHNI focus in on prevention at its core, preventing the reasons for these women and children from entering into exploitation environments to begin with.

February and early March, I will be part of a team that goes to Kolkata and a number of villages near there, working with anti-human trafficking TCD planning and doing media footage, seeking to raise awareness and funding for these crucial needs.  Preparations are in full swing for this at present!