Blog: Africa

One Woman Made It Happen

Ola Nagele Village, Kenya

Due to Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons about education, fruit has been born in Ola Nagele Village from the discussions. Reasoning together with the community, we helped them see that the lack of education they faced within the community was not ultimately the government’s problem, nor anybody else’s, but the community’s.

Gaining a Marketable Skill

Attir Village, Kenya

Attir is our fifth village where we started our Transformational Community Development (TCD) program. Many of their youth dropped out of school and sometimes don’t even graduate to secondary school due to the fees problem. Girls end up in early marriages and unnecessary pregnancy, and boys engage themselves in drug abuse which destroys their lives. As a result, they become helpless, without hope for future generations.

A Restored Dream

Shambani Village, Kenya

During our visit to Shambani Village, we challenged the community to take serious the importance of education and bringing up young men with vision for their village. This young man, Boniface, approached us and shared with us his dilemma in life--how he ended up on the street with no help or hope. He is an orphan, and he lost both of his parents due to HIV and AIDS some years back. Boniface ended up living with his grandmother, who is aging and almost dying.

Together They Can Bring Change

Garmaam Village, Ethiopia

Garmaan Village is one of the exemplary places for our Transformational Community Development (TCD) work. Last week there was a meeting in the village with all the villagers attending. One of the discussion points was how the TCD activity in the village has brought great transformation.

Train Robber to Truck Driver

Alishow Village, Ethiopia

Meet Jamal, one of the beneficiaries in Alishow Village. He is 40 years old, married, and has four children. He and his group members dug three water ponds and expanded their farm. One month ago, Jamal got 15,000 Birr (almost $740) from selling tomatoes and cabbage.

Dedicated to Diversification

Tuka Village, Ethiopia

I introduced you to Tuno in a recent update a few months ago. I want to say more about this person. Tuno is a very strong person and he is working hard every time. He is closely working with the Transformational Community Development (TCD) workers and asking different questions.

Not Too Old to Learn

Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia

Oditu is a widow who is excited about the future. She is 58 years old and she has 8 children--all are married. Oditu has lived alone for the last ten years. Although she is considered old in her community, she is a very hard worker. She always says she will not give up and she still considers herself strong. We have seen this reality.

Lessons for Life

Ezbit el Nakhl Village, Egypt

In continuing to serve the villagers of Ezbit el Nakhl, we have arranged for many different lectures on the following subjects: “Success “, “The Importance of Reading”, “Giving”, and “How to Improve Your Skills through Drawing and Painting.” Also, we have provided a video along with each lecture to demonstrate what we’re teaching.

Sewing Progress Report

Ezbit el Amir Village, Egypt

This month we did some maintenance work on all the sewing machines to help the seamstresses get better results.  Here are some updates on the ladies’ work so you can rejoice with us as you capture a glimpse of what is going on our side. It is exciting!

Hayat: She did well with project. She opened a small grocery shop and put the sewing machine beside the grocery shop to work on both.

Bringing Light

Helwan Village, Egypt

In the beginning of January, we visited a centre we had last visited on May 15th with Omar and David. We were arranging to launch the opening to include everybody in our joy. We offered cake and Coca Cola to guests, but because the place has not enough space to gather all people at one time, we divided them into groups. It was a wonderful time. Most of the people who live in the region came to the opening and recognized us, which brought joy to the team’s heart.