Sponsors on specific endeavors and projects are so encouraging. Jatapara, India is a long way from Hilton Hotel, Hawaii. Yet a “connection” was made relationally between the two, as Hilton chose to sponsor a new well in this village.
Manu(our GHNI staff in Jatapara) is currently leading the way as he mentors into this village, TCD, the “knowledge transfer” so important in any self-sustaining endeavor. We are grateful for he and Babujan, who have successfully completed one year of TCD in 4 villages in their areas.
Additionally, due to such successes as these, Hilton is offering to initiate a “River Water Lifting Project” that will allow a vast increase in crop production during the dry seasons.
We in GHNI are so thankful to you our financial backers, who have allowed us to partake of so many good accomplishments in 2014! Too many to list would be an understatement, as you have allowed us to work and develop in all five areas(Water, Food, Health, Income Generation, and Education) in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Joyful Holidays to you in this season of finishing 2014 strong and peering into 2015 with even greater endeavors TOGETHER!
Thanks so very much !!!
Water, good water endeavors, take a measure of time, resources and people-power to accomplish.
Wrapping up my time in Dhangadhi, Nepal after our GHNI anti-Human Trafficking Conference, I was able to visit and assess three well sites we(actually you!) have been sponsoring and re-equipping. Each well has it’s own unique history. One was being newly established. While another was already long-term and pumping clean quality water for much-needed irrigation of rice and other crops. And yet another was in the process (literally, while we were there) of being changed over from a high-maintenance/high-energy consumption diesel pump … to an extremely low-maintenance/highly efficient electric pump. All you-GHNI sponsored!
It’s difficult to put into words all the help and benefits provided in each of these well installations and upgrades. Allow your imagination some entertainment in a few of these listed below. And then “CLICK ON” each/BOTH of the “CLICK ON” texts below to link to a brief video from David(our GHNI Dhangadhi, Nepal Field Lead) to get some additional “fluid perspective” on (1) our work there and (2) the new water being pumped.
* Water: provides for many abundant needs ranging from 2nd-season irrigation, cooking, washing, hygiene, thirst
* Work: provides for needs to work, self-esteem, physical activity and wholeness of life
* Weather: provides for non-season non-monsoonal water needs when water tables are lowest
* Worth: micro-enterprise is a GHNI pillar, providing many potentials for incomes and additional incomes generation
* Winning: Hope is desperately needed in each of our lives. Hope runs in abundance in these TCD endeavors!!!
“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.”
A little “blip” of an e-mail from our India leadership, reads …
Dear Mike(our GHNI Regional Director),
Yes, we have been able to set water committees in all the three villages we have put tube wells. We also have taken them through the TCD lessons on safe drinking water.
At brief moments in our lives … the smallest little e-mail like this can communicate such significant “happenings” in our lives and the lives of others we work to help. You are in this also! Thanks … Dan
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.
We had a short-term team come from two places to visit us. During their visit we drilled a bore well in one of the TCD villages. This will provide safe drinking water for 20+ families. This was a new experience to these donors. They were very excited about what we are doing in these villages. They stayed in Dhoker Jhara for two nights and slept on the floor. This demonstrated their love and commitment to the villagers.
Ten families were benefitted by the cultivation of a second crop because of the irrigation pond we have made in this village.
We are starting tutorial programs for the children to help them in their schoolwork. We are also educating their parents about the need for them to study at home. Since the parents are not educated themselves, they have not yet seen the need. We are working on another project for irrigation. They want to lift water from the river. This project will help more than 25 families to do three crops each year.
We are most excited to see the change of mindset among the village people!
Manu and Babujan (TCD leaders(new) in the India state of Jharkhand)