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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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:
Small loan for small income generating work
Using unused land
Sending children school
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
What’s a better attention-getter than a Bob Marley statue, complements of Universal Studio’s(Orlando, Florida)!
A breather from the travels and overseas’ focus, our GHNI-USA(and Geneva, Switzerland) team gathered in Orlando, Florida for a few days of re-grouping, training, camaraderie and new challenges for our future into ’17 and beyond. What an incredibly good time of seeing where we’ve been and accomplished in the past 15 years.
Each team member was able to update their specific focus, and do some healthy projections out into the future, laboring together to help each other in virtually all capacities.
From various regions we work in, each of us were mutually encouraged to hear stories of how Transformational Community Development(TCD) was impacting individuals, villages, cultures, and governments, in ways well beyond each of our individual foci. “Team” matters! Administrative responsibilities in Geneva and Orlando matter deeply into each village!
I am privileged to have such surroundings of this team, each grabbing a nearby baton or rope from another to help. We must have each other!
In the months ahead as you read of villages and lives being transformed, please keep in mind that it’s not “about” me. It’s about our collaborative efforts into the lives … bring Help and Hope to the Hidden and Hurting.
And a HUGE “Thank You” for being equally a part of this team … !!!
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
Đorgovska Mahala village, in Lebane, Serbia is home to some 500 Gypsy-Roma impoverished villagers.
4 flights and 30 hours after leaving India, I(Dan) was driving south from Novi Sad, to Lebane, Serbia. Wow, what a climate change! It was great to be back in Eastern/Central Europe though.
Please meet Marijana, our TCD country lead associate and expert in Transformational Community Development. Warm welcomes began with her and her husband(Emil), and didn’t stop anytime, as I continued to meet those eager to embrace self-sustainability principles.
I also want to introduce Snezana, who is in training of TCD and has already served many villages in her area, helping them have hope in such hope-deprived villages of South Serbia. She relates and works so well among the women in these villages, frequently there with them, allowing her presence to build foundations of relationship so crucial.
Because of Snezana, we were able to offer our initial TCD Vision Seminar to these women(and a man not pictured), who eagerly want to help their own in mostly Gypsy-Roma villages where they live. Thought the first step(Vision Seminar), the attendees clearly were ready to learn all they possibly could about Transformational Community Development, and want us back to continue with TOT1(Training of Trainers). All a very good indicator of their future, and heart to help their villages out of poverty and into hope.
Đorgovska Mahala …
Imagine sharing 1 of 4 “out-houses” among your village of 500 !