Gambella Before & After

Gambella Village worked for 5 years to transform their village, graduating from our Transformational Community Development (TCD) program this past summer.  The total cost for 5 years was less than $90,000!  In their final report, the GHNI Kenya team summarizes the village's progress and great news about what lies ahead for Gambella Village.

Water

 

Before...

Villagers were drinking water from the camel stream. Disease rates and infant mortality were high.

 

After...

Water Committee formed. A well is now maintained, and families have been taught to make low-cost biosand filters. Clean water has flowed continuously ever since.

 

Food

 

Before...

Parched ground in this drought area led to high starvation rates. Families lived on less than one meal per day.

 

After...

Villagers formed an Agriculture Committee. Three harvests annually each yield over one metric ton. Every family has 3 meals daily, plus surplus to sell for income.

 

Wellness

 

Before...

Gambella Village had high rates of infant mortality and adult sickness, and high loss-of-work time from sickness.

 

After...

Villagers formed a Wellness Committee. Committee has taught scores of health lessons to the village, reducing infant mortality to near zero. And no new AIDS cases.

 

Income

 

Before...

No women produced income. There were no businesses in the village. Men held animal-herding jobs for less than $1/ day.

 

After...

Villagers formed Income Groups. Now there are over 30 small businesses in the village, many run by women, and families have enough money for education and health, some making $10-20/ day.

 

Education

 

Before...

Gambella had no school. A couple dozen children were learning under this tree with volunteer teachers.

 

After...

Education Committee formed. Simple classrooms and school grounds were built, attracting teachers. Now there is a principal, vice-principal, 8 teachers, and 200 children in school daily.

 

Thank You!

It has been through the generosity and encouraging visits to the village from people like you that the people of Gambella have been transformed to a self-sustaining community. Gambella once had wars with its neighboring village of Attir, but they now share food producing land and a wind-powered well.  Gambella villagers are teaching Attir villagers the principals of Transformational Community Development (TCD).