ARMENIA – I love being present in these updates!

ARMENIA – (Spitak) House of Esther Refugee Center

I love being present and on-the-ground in an update such as this!  These people are absolutely wonderful … these refugees who have been through so much pain, are life-giving yet again!

Great pleasure is mine in being here in Spitak, ARMENIA, House of Esther(HoE) … and in relating to you these refugees from war-torn Syria.  It’s difficult to communicate their gratefulness in our presence and our meager gifts of time, teaching and relationships deepened.  A warmer audience one will not find.

Each has a story of great loss of homes, family members, friends, neighbors.  



Since my time here last year, chicken coops have been expanded, a fish farm started, gardens enlarged, fruit trees planted, volunteers recruited, furniture and appliances delivered, buildings insulated, and many other living conditions improved.  Deeper yet is the foundation of “HOPE” they now have, in a secure location free from war-tensions and greater losses. 




A primary focus has been in the teaching of TCD-Transformational Community Development.  While I usually teach such courses in villager-settings, this material is adaptable to HoE and refugees starting lives over.  Our aim in HoE is for it to become as self-sustaining as is possible.   









































Local entrepreneur Gayane was very gracious in showing us her business as well as translating for us in the TCD sessions.  














Thanks for being such an integral part of such Help and Hope to others!  


GHNI Lead Assist – C./S. Asia and E. Europe


Cold Hands Warm Heart – Serbia … ! Đorgovska Mahala village

Đorgovska Mahala village, in Lebane, Serbia is home to some 500 Gypsy-Roma impoverished villagers.

Gypsy-Roma Boys In Their Home Village - Lebane, Serbia
Gypsy-Roma Boys In Their Home Village – Lebane, Serbia

4 flights and 30 hours after leaving India, I(Dan) was driving south from Novi Sad, to Lebane, Serbia. Wow, what a climate change! It was great to be back in Eastern/Central Europe though.

Please meet Marijana, our TCD country lead associate and expert in Transformational Community Development. Warm welcomes began with her and her husband(Emil), and didn’t stop anytime, as I continued to meet those eager to embrace self-sustainability principles.

Emil & Marijana - Novi Sad, Serbia
Emil & Marijana – Novi Sad, Serbia












I also want to introduce Snezana, who is in training of TCD and has already served many villages in her area, helping them have hope in such hope-deprived villages of South Serbia. She relates and works so well among the women in these villages, frequently there with them, allowing her presence to build foundations of relationship so crucial.

Snezana(right) in Lebane(village), Serbia
Snezana(right) in Lebane(village), Serbia









Because of Snezana, we were able to offer our initial TCD Vision Seminar to these women(and a man not pictured), who eagerly want to help their own in mostly Gypsy-Roma villages where they live. Thought the first step(Vision Seminar), the attendees clearly were ready to learn all they possibly could about Transformational Community Development, and want us back to continue with TOT1(Training of Trainers). All a very good indicator of their future, and heart to help their villages out of poverty and into hope.

Vision-Casting TCD Attendees - Lebane, Serbia
Vision-Casting TCD Attendees – Lebane, Serbia








Đorgovska Mahala …

Imagine sharing 1 of 4 “out-houses” among your village of 500 !

1 of 4 Outdoor Toilets For 500 Villagers
1 of 4 Outdoor Toilets For 500 Villagers










Much thanks to you again for being such an integral part of their lives, as we all do our part. Speaking of the “part”; one venue for your help is in contributing financially to this particular endeavor in South Serbia. Below is a link, allowing you to give specifically to this village of:
Đorgovska Mahala

We thank you deeply for following these blogs and considering the needs at hand!
Grateful … Daniel


Tirana(Durres), Albania … yes, in the Balkans with GHNI/TCD !

Tirana(Duress), Albania greetings!

Gypsy Youth of slums of Duress, Albania
Gypsy Youth of slums of Duress, Albania

1987’s Summer, I was on 2-month youth(ful) “wild-hair” trip through Eastern Europe, gazing from Macedonia across Lake Ohrid, at what was then described as one of THE most closed and oppressive countries in Eastern Europe and the world, Albania! Yesterday’s conversation with my Albanian friend(Agron), who was 12 years old in ’87, confirmed the brutal iron grip of the communists here in his youth. Today it’s very hard to believe I’m actually back in this region of the world and especially Europe.

TCD Farmers Near Tirana, Albania
TCD Farmers Near Tirana, Albania

The past few days have been phenomenal, as those committed to self-sustainable approaches to development via TCD, have participated together in training and helping villages in Albania develop out and expand their work in the poorest of the poor villages among gypsies(Roma).

Woman Prunning In Greenhouse In Village Of Albania
Woman Prunning In Greenhouse In Village Of Albania

It is such a privilege to present to you our newest endeavors in this Balkan region of Europe. As always, GHNI is helping the poorest of the poor and severely marginalized. Already, they are asking GHNI (and me) to be back in the region ASAP(within 90 days), equipping local leadership focused in gypsy villages in southern Serbia.

Self-sustainable Greenhouse Of Cucumbers - near Durres, Albania
Self-sustainable Greenhouse Of Cucumbers – near Durres, Albania

GHNI is committed to the work of self-sustainability among the poorest of the poor, regardless of location and culture. So while all my personal work and updates to date have been in South Asia, we go where greatest needs are. Thanks for your help in helping us qualitatively and quantitatively multiply TCD-Transformational Community Development even here … in the Balkans!