Education: Young & Not-So … Getting TCD Going …

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, India Committee
Jatapara, India Committee

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!
Dan

TCD – Transformational Community Development – Video

Hal & Jamie & kids around new well ...
Hal & Jamie & kids around new well …
Sometimes a good media piece says it all.

Transformational Community Development in Dumka / Dhoker Jhara / Jharkhand, India

TCD Video … very moving …

Enjoy!

Dan

New Well In Jatapara, India

Close-Up Drilling Rig Shot
Close-Up Drilling Rig Shot
Well-Kids Watching Drilling
Well-Kids Watching Drilling
Dry Very Dry Place - Jatapara
Dry Very Dry Place – Jatapara
Well Drilling-Families Awaiting Water-Jatapara
Well Drilling-Families Awaiting Water-Jatapara
Well Drillers At Work - Jatapara, India
Well Drillers At Work – Jatapara, India
Well Drilling-Pipe Heading Over-Jatapara
Well Drilling-Pipe Heading Over-Jatapara
Well-Jatapara-w.pipes
Well-Jatapara-w.pipes

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!

“Seed” Project Day Has No Seeds …

Soccer Field & Player
Soccer Field & Player
Race (women)
Race (women)
A Winner Prize
A Winner Prize
Evening Meeting (TCD)
Evening Meeting (TCD)

Transformational Community Development (TCD) is many times in need of a “hook”, a way to gather people together in order to have a natural venue for explaining the who/what/when/where/why(s) of TCD. We in GHNI call this a “SEED” project day. It is a method for allowing village people to gather in significant numbers in order to build relationships that will foster a natural conversation on the importance of their lives specific to life-changing principles.

In the case of this event in January in the Jharkhand region of India, sports was used as this venue to build trust, a prerequisite to any truly quality TCD initiative.

It is so exciting to see this many people gathered to have fun. More importantly, it is exciting to see these same people gathered in order to hear how TCD can help them in key areas of their lives of Water-Food-Health-Education-Finances. GHNI continues to be committed to these “seed” days as an entry point to development and life-changing endeavors.

Goats ARE NOT goats ARE NOT goats …

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Goats-For-India are as intricate to GHNI’s TCD plan as it gets!  When it comes to micro-enterprise initiatives, goats rank high.

India has about 20 breeds of goats and they are raised primarily for milk and meat.  Choosing a “best” breed for a given village cluster location isn’t always easy.  There is always the local goat market, usually held each Friday near a fairly major town center.  Two of the better breeds sought out are:

*   Jamnapari is one of the largest goats in India; it has been extensively utilized to upgrade indigenous breeds for meat and milk, and has been taken to  near by countries for the same purpose.

*   Beetel is a good dairy breed, second to Jamnapari in size but is superior to it in that it is more prolific and more easily adaptable to different agro-ecological conditions and to stall-feeding.

But these specific breeds tend to be expensive and it can get cumbersome to raise such breeds with their needs for more expensive vaccinations, etc..  So as we work with local village leaders, it is important that we listen well to their input and make plans with their “embracement” of any TCD initiatives.  From that base, there is a much higher success to any micro-enterprise goat business.

Thanks for your financial input in making these goat micro-enterprise endeavors a possibility!   Dan