Blog: Africa

Training Centers and School Re-Open

Dogon Gada Village, Nigeria

Martins, Tunde, and I were in Dogon Gada Village in the second week of March for a Transformational Community Development (TCD) training of trainers. Alongside the training, we taught the villagers and TCD participants extensively on water purification techniques.

A Model of Success

Bulesa Dima Village, Kenya

Madam Chulki is outstanding with her hard work and success. We gave Madam Chulki a small start-up loan as part of the entrepreneur group in Bulesa Dima Village. As we’ve assisted in her progress and success in her business, it has motivated us to a see great transformation in lives of many like her. We share business ideas and success stories, and Mama Chulki’s story is one of them.

Hope for an Orphan

Ola Nagele Village, Kenya

Our new Empowerment Centre, for girls and women from the villages, has really been of great help to many youths who have no hope or help. Nuria is 19 years old. She lives with her relatives after she lost both her parents ten years ago.

Celebrating Their Income Success

Attir Village, Kenya

Attir Village had a remarkable reason to be joyous as they celebrated success in their income generating efforts that have borne fruit.

Albino explained to the group how desperate life was before he got enrolled into the group compared to now that he is a major shareholder in the ongoing group. He challenged many to get enrolled, for they knew his life story before he joined the group and where he is today in Attir Village, owning many of the businesses in the village.

Beggar to Provider

Shambani Village, Kenya

“Life has never been easy, nor fair, since the death of my husband,”

said Christine, one of the most hurting widows of Shambani Village. She told us how cruel the world treated her and her children after the loss of her husband, the breadwinner for the entire family.

After Christine became a widow, her relatives turned out to be the animals that devoured her family. They grabbed everything in the name of inheriting what was their brother’s. Life changed unexpectedly and things fell apart.

Kenyans Experience Life-Saving Wellness Education

GHNI workers have many times witnessed the sad results of physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. From AIDS and lesser but still troubling conditions including chronic respiratory and gastric infections, to the entrapment of women in prostitution or other forms of trafficking, the root of the problem is most frequently ignorance; the solution, education.

In Kenya, for example, a close examination of daily village life revealed the need for simple yet potentially life-saving changes that GHNI field workers convey through wellness education.

Empowered to Grow

Alishow Village, Ethiopia

Helen is 37 years old and lives in Alishow Village. She has four children. Recently, she related her story to our Transformational Community Development (TCD) worker. She newly joined our TCD group after her neighbour, Jamila, told her about TCD. When Helen heard and saw her friend’s tremendous change, she decided to participate with her friends in the group.

Hard Work Pays Off in Harvest

Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia

What makes all the long, hard, backbreaking days worth it? Pay day.

As a farmer, one must be patient and wait for the harvest. Although it may seem crass to some in the West, the joy of earning an income through your own hard work and the sweat of your brow makes all the long days pay off. Thanks for enabling people like these transform their own lives, by working with their own two hands.

Lishanu

GHNI TCD Worker, Ethiopia

Maximizing Use, Minimizing Problems

Ezbit el Amir Village, Egypt

We visited every woman who had taken a sewing machine. In the framework of the project evaluation, after one year, we found that some women benefited greatly from the sewing machine. Their income increased as a result of their work using the sewing machine.

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