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Women and Economics, part two

By Dee Rivers


Transformational Community Development (TCD) brings hope, with a stitch-in-time, to the thread-bare lives of Egypt’s most

impoverished women.




Women, Economics/Part Three

Dee Rivers


Meet “Isme” and learn how GHNI and Transformational Community Development (TCD) light a path out of generational poverty for women, who do not know that another possible reality even exists.  




If you conduct an internet search for the definition of the word “unbanked”, in roughly 0.60 second, it will yield about 128,000 results. These will range from the obvious --

Women becoming financially sustainable!

By Sarah Sheven


Women, Education: Part Two

By Dee Rivers

“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book … Let us pick up our books and pens, they are our most powerful weapons.”

-- Malala Yousafzai


If you have ever been alone as a stranger in a strange land, unable to understand the local language, you have likely experienced a disquieting vulnerability.


Women, Hidden and Hurting/Part One: Health

By Dee Rivers


This article is very accurate and therefore graphic in nature.  Some parts of it may be disturbing … please use your judgment.

“The challenges and injustices that girls and women in the developing world face are many, across all aspects of life, and include structural, social, economic and political barriers...It would be hard to find a statistic that more accurately reflects the injustice of a world in which whether you live or die depends on an accident of geography – on where you were born.” -- Unknown

Refugee women in the Middle East

By Sarah Sheven


Women are figures of power, strength and femininity. This has never been more evident than in refugee families from Syria and Iraq who have been forced by violent groups to leave everything they have and flee to new homes to carve out a new life from scratch. Often, these families have nothing to build from. Although every family member faces their own trials, women in particular are faced with unique challenges.


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.


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,

BUT ...

WATER: And Then There Was None

By:  Dee Rivers


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.


Not Just Any Water ...

Water/Part One: Dee Rivers

Not Just Any Water ...

“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink …”  -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Since 1999, Transformational Community Development (TCD) and dedicated donors have saved thousands of lives -- one well, one filter, one pump, one pipeline at a time.