Blog: Africa

Ebola Prevention Measures Lessen Fears

It has been said that perhaps no virus causes as much fear as Ebola, a generally fatal disease marked by fever and severe internal bleeding that has ignited a deadly outbreak in West Africa. The first known epidemic occurred in 1976 in South Sudan, but the disease was only identified months later in the Congo. Among humans, Ebola is spread by direct contact with body fluids (excluding sweat), usually via the nose, mouth, eyes, open wounds, or cuts and abrasions. Contaminated needles and syringes also present a risk.

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Water Pump Excites Farmers

From dependence on illegal trade a harvest of life-giving vegetation…what a difference a simple item like a water pump can make in a community! GHNI field leader, Lemi, shares this inspiring story.

Hope and Healing

Valuable lessons on the power of words help bring a message of hope to young and old alike in this update from Farhan and Lydia, GHNI National field leaders in Egypt.

Helwan Village, Egypt

A mother brought her 25 years old daughter to be checked, because she was suffering from varicose veins in her leg. After we help her, we are encouraged that she had amazing healing and her legs became very good. She also now has hope.

We distributed sweets, soap, and towels to all children.

Educating African Villages About Ebola

Ebola has fortunately not spread to Kenya and east Africa yet and hopefully won't. But 10 flights per day land in Nairobi from west Africa, so the possibility is real and everyone knows it... including those who live in the remote villages we serve.

So our Kenyan team recently educated our Wellness Committees in our villages, helping them learn and discern between the truths and untruths about Ebola. Now armed with knowledge, they can avoid the extremes of either panic or unpreparedness.

Our Wellness Director, Martin, sent me the update below.

From One Daily Meal to Three

Ola Nagele Village, Kenya

You wake up, pour a cup of coffee, drink quickly, then hurry to get showered and dressed for your busy day ahead. You fix breakfast for your family or maybe you run out the door for a breakfast appointment with a friend, client, or colleague. Lunch fits in somewhere in the middle of the day, then you arrive home in the evening for dinner with your family or you hit your favorite restaurant with a few friends. Three meals, and possibly a snack or two provide your energy for the day.

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Sayed Gets Married!

There’s no question that Transformational Community Development (TCD) offers life-changing benefits in the areas of water, food, wellness, education, and income . . . but should “matrimony” be added to the list? Sayed, an active member of the TCD agricultural committee in Garmaam Village, would likely say yes . . .

 

Better Health Means Better Grades

A variety of reasons can keep children from attending school in developing nations. Wubshet and Habiba, GHNI National Leaders in Kenya, share how Ola Nagele villagers got their kids back in school and back on the top of their classes.

Ola Nagele Village, Kenya

“Ola Nagele is a community known for its rapid transformation, which included so many children going to the neighbouring school in search of a bright better future.

Community Ownership Shines through Farms

Alishow Village, Ethiopia

Megaladi is a cluster of villages in eastern Ethiopia where GHNI leaders have been leading TCD, a process which takes the commitment of the whole community. Over the two years as we have been building relationships with the community, we’ve found one village in this cluster which has stood out among the rest.

Embracing Education in Nigeria

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

With 45% of Nigeria’s population consisting of children under the age of 15 years, education is critical to the development of this nation according to UNESCO. Even so, 40% of children ages 6-11 years do not attend school; up to 65-75% of students attending school are boys. While the government has imposed education goals and measures to meet them, facilities and teachers are lacking.

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Inter-Tribal Leadership Models Unity

News of a new field leader in Kenya, brought to you by GHNI staff member, Jeff Power, offers a unique twist on unified leadership.

As I've shared on many occasions, one of the biggest challenges to overcoming poverty in the destitute northern villages of Kenya is inter-tribal conflict.

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