Bangladesh … our newest country!

Our road and path to the new village ...
Our road and path to the new village …

Bangladesh … our newest country, village, water well, leadership development, and friends!

One of the greatest joys of any people working together in a common cause is to see an extension of their common efforts and quality labors together. Bangladesh is our newest example of this. With over a year in preparation, ground work, and relating to other organizations and leaders, we have now in February celebrated GHNI’s newest venture into what was once called “East Pakistan”(Bangladesh).

Men planting rice near new village
Men planting rice near new village

Water, clean drinkable water was the urgent need in this village, a couple of hours from the capital city of Dhaka. The villagers were ecstatic that we, together with them, were able to provide this new well. Celebrations are never a small endeavor in any village now having clean water. And they showered the visiting team with much in ceremonial thanks and words of gratefulness.

New well equals clean drinking water!
New well equals clean drinking water!
Celebrating clean drinking water
Celebrating clean drinking water

Because of your generosity and willingness to give, our efforts together(with you) have opened up Bangladesh in new and self-sustainable ways! The celebration we experienced there … was for YOU also!
Thanks! Dan

New Well & TCD Leadership Training in Jatapara, India

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Women are Thankful for Safe Water

“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.

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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.”

Smallest News(e-mail) Is Biggest News!

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.

Regards
Sushil Marandi
GHNI India

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

Leadership Meeting - Dhoker Jhara, India
Leadership Meeting – Dhoker Jhara, India

Recent Well Being Used
Recent Well Being Used

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!

Video – Sushil Again Our Focus In TCD-India

Sushil is again our focus in GHNI India as he more clearly explains his work, the people, GHNI and the needs of his people the Santals.  Sushil has for the last few months been actively training an additional four leaders in TCD, allowing them preparation time for the new wells going in soon and the implementation of a full-spectrum TCD process.  These leaders are in a set of four villages surrounding Dokher Jhara, India, allowing easier access to the training Sushil gives and continually under-girds.

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.