Sometimes a good media piece says it all.
TCD Video … very moving …
Computer Centres are not our mainstay in GHNI, yet we have in recent years been privileged to set up a very successful CC in Dumka, India. In the interview below with Sushil, it is evident that this particular Computer Centre is positioned to expand and replicate. Our hope in weeks following, is for a completely new Centre to be established in Kolkata(Calcutta). With this interview, please note how our goal is, as always, to establish “self-sustainable” attributes intrinsic to every TCD endeavor we do.
Enjoy the link below and again, we thank you for your financial backing of this and so many other endeavors we and you accomplish via GHNI!
Global Hope Network International
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!
We continue to learn many things about TCD (Transformational Community Development) through the projects we have been doing in Dhoker Jhara, India, the village I grew up in. It “had” been a mixed experience when it comes to results. Some areas have been a genuine struggle. But there are many other areas we have identified where we are now focused and maximizing results.
Community involvement (ownership) is the key to success in TCD work among Santals. Wherever we have involved the people from the community, there was excitement and willingness to do things. Making an irrigation pond, giving water pump to the community, providing micro loan to the community were some of the things which has really worked well. Looking at the situation, we decided to involve the community in whatever we do among them.
This “involvement” has made all the difference!
Thanks so much for your involvement in this my village!
You, with us, in Transformational Community Development, via GHNI … Sushil
(GHNI staff & Santal People Community Development)
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.
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.
We in GHNI are very much looking forward to this new year in 2012 and especially in how we can better focus on truly qualitative “Help” and “Hope” for the “Hidden” and “Hurting” in the countries we work in. Our goals are always pivoted on the truth that helping people out of extreme poverty will only come about by fully engaging local people, resources, ideas, influence and leadership.
Your partnership in this is essential and crucial.
Thank you, you who have contributed generously your time, resources and financials to these foci!