Blog: Africa

Inter-Tribal Leadership Models Unity

News of a new field leader in Kenya, brought to you by GHNI staff member, Jeff Power, offers a unique twist on unified leadership.

As I've shared on many occasions, one of the biggest challenges to overcoming poverty in the destitute northern villages of Kenya is inter-tribal conflict.

Walking Through Danger to Get Dirty Water

Attir Village, Kenya

One year ago we celebrated the graduation of Gambella Village, in Kenya, from Transformational Community Development (TCD). Over five years villagers worked hard to become sustainable in the five key areas--Education, Food, Income, Wellness, and Water.

Adult Education Empowers Nigerian Farmers

Northern Nigeria, a savannah region in the arid Sahel zone, suffers an annual dry season of five to seven months. It is a time when more than rainfall vanishes: so does the economy of hardscrabble farmers who have only a short rainy season to raise their crops of cotton and groundnuts, millet and cowpeas, before they are left with idle hands and worried hearts.

Orphans and Widows of HIV/AIDS

It’s no secret that HIV and AIDS is a leading cause of death in Kenya. Here’s the story of one village whose community is making plans to curb the statistics.

Attir Village, Kenya

“Mama Veronica is HIV and AIDS victim. She has given birth to nine children, of which none are alive, but they all left behind one or two children which some of them are also HIV positive.

Come Help Me Help Myself

When the government failed them, people of this village decided to begin helping themselves.  Wubshet and Habiba, GHNI National Leaders in Kenya, share how the village’s initiative helped fulfil dreams.

Bulesa Dima Village, Kenya

“The villagers of Bulesa Dima are hardworking people as compared to people living in other part of Kenya. They were afflicted hard by so many challenges from inter-tribal conflict. They also had prolonged drought which killed all their livestock. 

Walking Through Danger to Get Dirty Water

In many cultures, collecting daily water for the family falls under the job description of women or girls.  In Afghanistan, this entails a hike of two or more miles in harsh winter conditions up and down a mountainside.  In Nepal, a young girl may miss out on attending school to complete a 4 hour round-trip journey through a forest filled with dangerous animals or worse, human traffickers waiting to kidnap a young girl.  In Africa, collecting water involves walking over a mile through a jungle filled with dangerous animals to a river filled with camel dung. 

Ending Chronic Malnutrition in Burkina Faso

Results in a recent screening of 125 children attending Saneba Village’s primary school indicated 1 in 5 children suffer from malnutrition.  In fact, according to WHO, more than 10% of children in Burkina Faso don’t live to see their 5th birthday!  With nearly 45% of Burkina Faso’s population living below the poverty level, on less than $1.25 (USD) per day, the country is in crisis. (World Food Programme)

Ending Poverty One Villager at a Time

No matter where you live, poverty exists.  What we see on our national news, it is just the glimpse of the extreme poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Much of the world’s poverty is hidden, covered or ignored in our modern existence.  It is too much for us to bear!

GHNI workers cannot turn away from the realities. Our field workers walk daily alongside hidden and hurting communities. They watch as villages transform before their eyes.  There is a solution to poverty and it lies within villagers; it lies within those currently living in poverty.

Friends Growing Together

When villagers catch the vision of Transformational Community Development (TCD) is when the transformation truly begins.  GHNI-Ethiopia shares the story about how one woman grew a contagious passion for her village’s TCD Food Committee.


Man Inspired by Family Farm

Family farms have become a great way for Ethiopian villagers to not only feed their families nutritious meals but also bring home income which can help with many of their other needs.  Enjoy this inspiring story about Melecha from our leaders in Ethiopia.