Blog: Africa

Saving Lives, One Child at a Time

Attir Village, Kenya

The GHNI Kenya team is doing a commendable work, some of which involves helping the government fulfill its duty and responsibility toward its citizens.

In all the rural villages where our GHNI team is working, we realized the number of children who are suffering from hygiene-oriented diseases is large. Coughs, flu, and skin diseases had turned chronic. We took this as our concern and Martin conducted a hygienic door-to-door campaign, while also teaching wellness lessons to groups.

Local Worker Empowered to Succeed

Garmaam Village, Ethiopia

One of our key workers in Garmaam Village is 27-year-old Huseyin, assigned by the government as a development worker. Since he came to Garmaam, he has been very cooperative with our Transformational Community Development (TCD) workers. He helped them by organizing the community and has been a bridge between GHNI and the regional administration.

Next Generation of Self-Sustaining Farmers

Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia

Three years ago, it was very difficult to see the kind of progress we’re now witnessing in Mudiyambo Village. Most of the villagers were engaged in raising cattle, but now that same majority are farmers, producing a variety of vegetables and fruits to help their families get a balanced diet as well as additional income.

Sewing Machine Maintenance to Sustain Relationships

Ezbit el Amir Village, Egypt

We are following up with the ladies in our Women’s Group in Ezbit el Amir Village, teaching them through our home visits how to maintain their sewing machines. Every time we visit, we can see and feel their happiness. Each lady is increasing her income and helping her family. 

We have started to collect monthly payments in the amount of 25 L.E. (about $3.50) at the end of a two-month grace period to help improve the project and aid other women.

Building Trust and Relationship

At the start of the new school year, we bought eighty chairs and two blackboards for the two classes and distributed school supplies for 280 children, which made both kids and their parents very happy.

As we keep our doors open, children come to our place in spite of the absence of a program for them. However, we have earned their trust and built a relationship with them because they have found love and acceptance from us that they don't find in their parents. For this, we are most grateful.

Filling Hearts with Practical Help

Ezbit el Nakhl Village, Egypt

Children’s Program

This past month, we distributed school tools to 220 children. All of them are very poor and can't buy these supplies. One hundred and fifty children received school bags. We also took twenty-seven children the local swimming pool and spent the day with them. We plan to teach lessons in Arabic, English, and math.

Here are some appreciative words from the children:

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.

Community Development Education

Upper Egypt Village Cluster, Egypt

Children’s Development Program (CDP)

We are excited to report some of our results from this past quarter:

Over a period of fifteen days we shared about summer diseases through a pamphlet, reaching a total of 939 women, teenagers, and children.

Gratitude in Action

Saneba Village, Burkina Faso

Saneba is 10 km from the main town of Founzan, where our Transformational Community Development (TCD) worker, *Bono, is located. These 10 km are not very easy or accessible, especially during the rainy season, when the village is pretty much cut off because of flooding. However, the village chief of Saneba makes it a point to make the journey to thank Bono for the transformational work that is happening in his village.