Blog: Africa

Gaining Knowledge in Agriculture

Shambani Village, Kenya

John is a man in his prime age, married to one wife, and blessed with four children. John’s life transformation reflects much of what is happening to the entire Shambani Village.

Life-giving Change Begins with a Simple Borehole

Funny how one of our most priceless and irreplaceable substances is so easily taken for granted—at least in much of the world. But then, it’s easy to do that with something readily available at the turn of a faucet or the twist of a cap.

Growing Her Farmland and Income

Alishow Village, Ethiopia

Jemila is living in Alishow Village. She is married, has four children, and is thirty-seven years old. Before Jemila became a group member, her life depended on selling firewood. Four days a week, she took firewood from her village to sell in Dire Dawa town, thirty-five miles from her home. That was the only income for her family.

Basiru’s Journey to the Borehole Well

In early 2012, Basiru, a son of Nigeria who had watched his remote village of Dogon Gada suffer wrenching seasons of drought, harbored little faith that positive change was possible for a place so parched by the African sun. In the many years when no sweet rains came to soak the fields of guinea corn, the crop was meager or, worse, failed.

Education Beyond Primary School

Garmaam Village, Ethiopia

Since GHNI started working in Garmaam Village, we have seen a lot of progress in the five areas of Transformational Community Development (TCD). Today we are focusing on education.

Village Merchant Prospers

Tuka Village, Ethiopia

Hussein lives in Tuka Village. He is thirty-nine years old, married, and has three children. He was one of the first income generation group members when GHNI started working in Tuka Village.

Hussein’s previous life was desperate. Before he joined our income generation group, he had more than a hundred cows. But he lost them all to drought three years ago. When I talked with him about losing his cows, he shared that he almost decided to kill himself in depression.

Engaging in Education

Due to the nature of our work in the field, it's not always possible to provide a high quality photo. We're happy to provide a current visual of our work despite the quality.

Mudiyambo Village, Ethiopia

Mudiyambo Village is found in the south part of Ethiopia. Most of the residents are pastoral. Because of this, almost all the village children are engaged in watching cattle, so they cannot attend school.

Sewing Machine Project Evaluations Reveal Growth

Ezbit el Amir Village, Egypt

We (Farhan, Lydia, and Azmy) visited, along with Jamal and David, two women who received sewing machines, as part of the project evaluation framework after one year. We found that some women have benefited greatly, as their income has increased as a result of using the sewing machine. Their circumstances before were very bad. On the other hand, some ladies were faltering.

Teenage Development Education for Parents

Ezbit el Nakhl, Egypt

A lady had problems with her husband because he wanted to marry his daughter to his nephew, who is older than she by twelve years. The daughter is fifteen years old, still in school, and the bridegroom is twenty-seven. The daughter was weak, but married off. After she learned about the damage of early marriage, the lady asked to meet with her husband. They met together and she tried to convince him the wedding was a wonderful time, but to reverse the marriage.

Caring for Mothers and Children

Upper Egypt Village Cluster, Egypt

Due to the nature of our work in the field, it's not always possible to provide a high-quality photo. We're happy to provide a current visual of our work despite the quality.