Blog: Africa

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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A Heart to Teach and Help

Attir Village, Kenya

Miss Lucia is a nursery school teacher in Attir Village. She is one of the beneficiaries of our micro-finance program, coaching the women’s income generation groups.

Lucia says she can hardly compare her present life to her former life, whereby she taught with the thanks of the village, but could not earn a living from it. Life became so unbearable and discouraging that she wanted to give up.

WATER: Where there is Will, there is a way …

By Dee Rivers

“The [problems in Africa of] the water sector are manifested by lack of sustainable delivery, inequitable investment and targeting of resources, and limited participation of affected communities in developmental processes.”  -- Bethlehem Mengist (Pan-Africa, WaterAid.org)

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Not Giving Up

Shambani Village, Kenya

For many years, Shambani Village farmers had put in tireless labor, but nothing came out of it. It discouraged so many of them and the community felt wasted.

Since GHNI fights despair from every angle, we provided the community with more seedlings to plant, but the community felt like they were about to waste more time and labor. We encouraged them to engage without giving up, so they did.

The Power of Networking

Bulesa Dima Village, Kenya

At a recent Wellness Committee meeting, they said, “The past year has had major challenges that required major efforts to help many people to succeed, including the country’s medical administration. We are so thankful for support and advice from GHNI.”

Many traditions that are deeply rooted, yet hazardous to the community—such as female genital mutilation—have now faded away. This promoted the education of girls, and has now stopped early marriages.

Single Mom Makes It Work

Ola Nagele Village, Kenya

Uncountable divorces and a polygamous style of living have led to a high poverty level in this area. Many young mothers are suffering from stress, as they have no husband and many children with no father.

WATER: And Then There Was None

By:  Dee Rivers

TRANSFORMATIONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (TCD) PLANTS SEED OF HOPE IN DESPERATE DUCK WARO, NIGER

The cartography of landlocked, high desert Niger shows an urn-shaped country, tipped southward, pouring its share of the Niger River, the third largest rill in the world, toward the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It follows then, that the majority of Niger’s population bottlenecks in those wettest, southern states.

 

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Sewing Income Supplements Family

Ezbit el Amir Village, Egypt

After training and distribution of 30 sewing machines, we now have 30 small projects in Ezbit el Amir Village. We have a plan to visit eight ladies every week, following up with these 30 projects.

 

We noticed that the ladies are very happy because the project is very successful. During January’s festivals, it was a fruitful working time for them. The project offers a great source of income as they sew bed sheets, as well as repair clothes. Sales were good during the feast, increasing their incomes.

 

Hope and Encouragement for the Hurting

Helwan Village, Egypt

Children of Helwan

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