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.

Water & Wells …

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Wells are such a big part of what GHNI is and does!   It almost goes without saying.  But it needs to be said yet again … “WELLS”.  Wells are water.  It sounds so simplistic.

We in the West forget so quickly that water is an essential formation of all societies and cultures.  Where would your latte be without the water for that steamed milk?  Where would your choosing be of that Delta faucet, without that clear water to run through it?  Clean bodies and cars come from clean water.

For most people in the world, the issue of water is a lot closer in conscience to “survival”.  No water?  No sustenance.  No water?  No food to grow.  No water?  No health.  No water?  No school.  No water?  No … and the survival-list goes on and on.

Wells and water are 1st on GHNI’s list of essentials for any village.  Water before any of the other TCD needs.  Water before food.  Water before health.  Water before education.  Water before micro-enterprise.

Thank you deeply for your contributions of water for these villages we serve!

 

“Planner” versus “Searcher”

"Searcher" Education - Sri Lanka

 

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.

Indonesia – GHNI Interview

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=-G1y7jTVap0

Coffee Without Borders

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Coffee Without Borders, http://www.coffeewithoutborders.com/ a compassion based coffee company just advised us they will contribute $2.00 per 7 oz. bag of coffee purchased on their website for the entire month of January and February to GHNI dedicated to assisting our efforts in India to drill water wells bringing clean drinking water to those most in need.

Please tell your friends and neighbors that not only will they be able to enjoy a great cup of Hawaii fresh roasted coffee, but assist GHNI in providing help and hope to these villages.