Locals in Distributed Masks

Hojagi Cluster Villages, Tajikistan


This month was very fruitful for us. We completed two water projects: one in Hamadoni and one in the Pyanj area. We distributed about 3,000 masks in and around Murtoch* and in the southern region to a total of 11 villages: 6 in the Murtoch area and 5 in the South area.


Our response to the coronavirus has opened many opportunities for us in villages, as well as providing ways to work in various communities. The kitchen gardens and distributed masks have allowed people to open their hearts and share their fears and deeper issues with us.


Our team has been doing a great job this month. My wife, Polina**, also helped me reach the 70% of women in our community who are without husbands. I cannot visit them alone, but through my wife, we can now share stories of hope that speak to their hearts and use all the tools we have.


Three Stories of Hope in Desperate Situations


Jabir** is married with four children. He has no job but has a little piece of land that he hasn’t sowed for years. This year we helped him to plant some vegetables. Unfortunately, late snow in April killed all the plants. The second time, he planted tomatoes, pumpkins, peas, and pepper. They are very thankful to all of the people who helped them.


Kemal** is 34. He is like-minded in every way. Last year, doctors found out that he has leprosy. He was taken to a leprosy community and the government gave him a piece of land. He had land, but he couldn’t use it because he couldn’t afford the seed. This year, with your help, he planted some vegetables. His harvest was so much that he could afford to sell the excess and buy flour for bread for himself and his family. He is very thankful, as are his wife and daughter.


There is another family in the village that we see as our own family and that we helped this month. This year their father died; he was the only breadwinner in the house. The sons went to Russia but things haven’t worked out as expected because of the coronavirus. Only the women stayed home. This year we helped them plant potatoes, but unfortunately the harvest wasn’t good because we had snow in April. They are very thankful for the opportunity to survive and feed themselves. We will keep an eye on this family and see if they need additional help in the future.


These three stories are from Murtoch and show how people are finding hope despite difficult situations. There are many more stories to share. However, these small stories show us how through kitchen gardens and masks we can open people's hearts and provide help and hope.


Another family is from the furthest village in the south. The husband drinks and is struggling with drug addiction, and he often abuses his wife. One day he came home drunk and beat her so severely that he broke her spine. She finally decided she had enough; she sued him and had him arrested and thrown in prison. This woman is at the end of her rope, so my wife is spending time with her as she tries to rebuild her life. She wants a new, transformed life. This is what attracted her to Transformational Community Development (TCD). She listened to us, and now the family is living together with proper limits put in place. They still have a long way to go.


Nina’s** family is also from Beshkent, and her husband went to Russia too. She doesn’t know when he will come back and he hasn’t sent any money either. We are helping Nina and her family and they are very happy. 


We have also distributed masks for our sports community in Hamadoni and I have many ideas on how we can work through sports to help transform their community.


Thank you!



GHNI Partner Volunteer

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Murtoch” is a pseudonym for the location included in this report. 

**For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, " Polina ", “Jabir”, “Kemal”, “Nina”  are pseudonyms for the individuals being helped by this project