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 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!
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:
“Lilmuni, along with other women, had to go to the river to bring drinking water as they did not have any source of drinking water in their village. Walking 1 km, A couple of times per day for water was one challenge, but the bigger challenge they faced was during rainy season when river was full of water. This kind of situation had forced them to drink unsafe water. This had caused health problems in the past.
“After GHNI has give bore well, the women don’t have to go to river for water. More than that, they get safe drinking water near their home. Lilmuni with other women is very much thankful for GHNI. We have taught all the women about safe drinking water.
Manu and Babujan
Villagers Excited About Transformational Development
“Manu has now formed TCD Committee in the village. All villagers are excited about this new concept of transformation. Though they may not have the full detail about how the future will look like, but their desire for a better life has given us wide opening in their village. Manu will be taking them through committee training this month.
“Manu and Babujan are going through additional training so that they will be able to train the committee members. One of the things that is slowing us down is the teaching material. Right now, most of the materials are available in English. Some have been translated in Hindi. We have to do the translation of all the materials in Santali.”
GHNI Gains Presence in the United Nations !!!
This is such fantastic news for GHNI and you who support this your labor of love for the poor …
Isabelle Bourgeois is a recent addition to GHNI as our Permanent Representative to the United Nations. A native of Geneva, Switzerland, home of GHNI headquarters, Isabelle has worked for many years on the United Nations stage for a wide variety of human rights issues.
With a multidisciplinary training and a master degree in humanitarian action, she is engaged for more than 25 years with NGOs and associations working alongside the most vulnerable. Isabelle enables GHNI to be a global active player at the international level of the United Nations movement, working to strengthen ties between Human Rights efforts, the International Community in Geneva, and GHNI.
Isabelle launched her efforts with GHNI by presenting the following speech at a United Nations Side Event*—an event outside official United Nations meetings, organized for the purpose of sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for informal dialogue among the meetings’ participants.
A Participatory Approach in the Community Projects
By, Isabelle Bourgeois
We are all aware of the challenges connected to each other, inseparable that arise in the world. The situation remains very fragile. The load for all is growing. The needs are enormous and constantly increasing. They are factors of violence, protest and desertion of their living areas by the affected populations, in particular those affected by extreme poverty.
The NGO Global Hope Network International (GHNI) has experienced positive examples of communities transformed by the active participation of people, groups and villages belonging to the marginalized in the world’s poorest areas. For 12 years in 40 partnership countries, it offers emergency, humanitarian aid and initiates community projects of 3-5 years.
Despite the risks, Global Hope Network International (GHNI) makes it a priority to help and give hope in the most heavily insulated, inaccessible and poorly developed areas. By setting up and carrying out community development projects (TCD), the organization supports, motivates and equips communities so that everyone can participate in the decisions and actions affecting its own life, its own development and that of its entourage.
These collaborative projects are spaces for dialogue and training. They allow individuals to gain confidence in themselves and their relatives. They contribute to help people to have a sense of belonging, to be essential actors in the community while encouraged to stay and develop their own place of life.
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!
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!