Blog: Africa

Initiating Hygiene Methods

Dogon Gada Village, Nigeria

Ruth lives in Ungwan Dutse Village with her family, about 7.5 miles from Dogon Gada Village. In February, Basiru was in Fadam Dudu to teach Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons on wellness and hygiene. He taught about using a dish rack, and Ruth was there listening.

Nearing a Water Solution

Attir Village, Kenya

Recently, Attir Village had a meeting of all five Transformational Community Development (TCD) committees. “Responsibility” became the issue, as they worked on a temporary solution to the water problem in Attir Village. They have waited patiently without getting tired for a borehole to be drilled by a local charity. Now they were advised to first fix what is available, for they are not certain when the drilling will happen.

Saved from Hunger

Ola Nagele Village, Kenya

Our five-year commitment to Ola Nagele Village is almost complete, and the good news is that GHNI has accomplished our mission of restoring hope to the hopeless through community and individual transformation. The five areas of Transformational Community Development (TCD) have been the tools of transformation, as they are the basic needs for any healthy family.

Filling a Need, Finding Success

Bulesa Dima Village, Kenya

For a long time there was not one shop to purchase any commodity in this village with a population of more than 350. The people of Bulesa Dima Village had to walk nearly 3-6 miles to purchase essential goods for themselves.

Cooking for Life

Shambani Village, Kenya

Mama Akale, an HIV-positive widow, shares how embarrassing life was when she used to survive on her neighbors’ leftovers. Making ends meet sounded like a fairy tale. For herself and her children, there was stigmatization and rejection. The people who treated them badly were the same people they looked to for help. Mama Akale confesses that at times she felt like taking her own life, but for the love of her children, she held on strongly.

Finding Hope amid Difficulty

Helwan Village, Egypt

Children of Helwan

Due to the widespread violence in this area, where accepting amnesty and forgiveness is rare, Shaima is learning about not seeking revenge. As a nine-year-old, she attends our social development lessons at the headquarters of our organization. We hold weekly lessons for 50 children. Shaima attended a lesson on the subject of revenge titled “I Will Not Take Revenge for Myself.”

Taking Bold Steps to Change

Ezbit el Nakhl Village, Egypt

Children of Ezbit el Nakhl

Jumana, a nine-year-old girl, attends our lessons every week in our center. A fast learner, she loves the social development lessons provided for children. Jumana confidently stood in front of 50 children to share about the previous lesson that she learned about fires that occur in homes and how children should behave in the event of a fire.

Chicken, Rice & Beans!

Dogon Gada Village, Nigeria

Dogon Gada Village is a typical northern Nigerian village where the staple foods are tuwo dawa and miya kuka. Tuwo dawa is food made out of guinea corn, and miya kuka is soup made with leaves from the baobab tree. The locals eat this food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day! The tuwo for dinner is usually made in excess so there can be leftovers, which are usually eaten in the morning for breakfast.

 

Water: Nigeria and Beyond

By Dee Rivers

As she moves down the slight slope to the stream that is nothing more than a thread of apricot-colored water, Abeni stops and gathers the skirt of her m’ bou bou, the better to keep its hem dry as she wrangles two cumbersome jerrycans she has lugged six miles to fill. She lays them on their side in the three-inch-deep water. The trickle-in begins.

 

Heat waves may be mirages, but they scorch her face. She squats to rest, leaning against a clump of the annual grass already dying just weeks into the season of hot winds.

 

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