Blog: Africa

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.

Walking Through Danger to Get Dirty Water

Attir Village, Kenya

One year ago we celebrated the graduation of Gambella Village, in Kenya, from Transformational Community Development (TCD). Over five years villagers worked hard to become sustainable in the five key areas--Education, Food, Income, Wellness, and Water.

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Orphans and Widows of HIV/AIDS

It’s no secret that HIV and AIDS is a leading cause of death in Kenya. Here’s the story of one village whose community is making plans to curb the statistics.

Attir Village, Kenya

“Mama Veronica is HIV and AIDS victim. She has given birth to nine children, of which none are alive, but they all left behind one or two children which some of them are also HIV positive.

Come Help Me Help Myself

When the government failed them, people of this village decided to begin helping themselves.  Wubshet and Habiba, GHNI National Leaders in Kenya, share how the village’s initiative helped fulfil dreams.

Bulesa Dima Village, Kenya

“The villagers of Bulesa Dima are hardworking people as compared to people living in other part of Kenya. They were afflicted hard by so many challenges from inter-tribal conflict. They also had prolonged drought which killed all their livestock. 

Walking Through Danger to Get Dirty Water

In many cultures, collecting daily water for the family falls under the job description of women or girls.  In Afghanistan, this entails a hike of two or more miles in harsh winter conditions up and down a mountainside.  In Nepal, a young girl may miss out on attending school to complete a 4 hour round-trip journey through a forest filled with dangerous animals or worse, human traffickers waiting to kidnap a young girl.  In Africa, collecting water involves walking over a mile through a jungle filled with dangerous animals to a river filled with camel dung. 

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Ending Chronic Malnutrition in Burkina Faso

Results in a recent screening of 125 children attending Saneba Village’s primary school indicated 1 in 5 children suffer from malnutrition.  In fact, according to WHO, more than 10% of children in Burkina Faso don’t live to see their 5th birthday!  With nearly 45% of Burkina Faso’s population living below the poverty level, on less than $1.25 (USD) per day, the country is in crisis. (World Food Programme)

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Ending Poverty One Villager at a Time

No matter where you live, poverty exists.  What we see on our national news, it is just the glimpse of the extreme poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Much of the world’s poverty is hidden, covered or ignored in our modern existence.  It is too much for us to bear!

GHNI workers cannot turn away from the realities. Our field workers walk daily alongside hidden and hurting communities. They watch as villages transform before their eyes.  There is a solution to poverty and it lies within villagers; it lies within those currently living in poverty.

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