Blog: Shambani Village

Entrepreneurs Overcoming Poverty

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.

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.

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.

A Restored Dream

Shambani Village, Kenya

During our visit to Shambani Village, we challenged the community to take serious the importance of education and bringing up young men with vision for their village. This young man, Boniface, approached us and shared with us his dilemma in life--how he ended up on the street with no help or hope. He is an orphan, and he lost both of his parents due to HIV and AIDS some years back. Boniface ended up living with his grandmother, who is aging and almost dying.

Maximizing Local Resources

Shambani Village, Kenya

This is Lucas who lives by the riverside in Shambani Village. He was issued seeds by GHNI this past quarter, and his family and lifestyle have been transformed. Through creating his own farm, Lucas has been able to care for his children’s education and create other side projects from it, like raising chicken. Lucas sends his deep appreciation for GHNI’s efforts in transforming the community through capacity building.

Farming Sparks New Ideas

Shambani Village, Kenya

Three Hundred Trees and Counting!

There has been very good progress in Shambani Village in terms of food production, increased confidence among school dropouts, and preventive wellness measures.

The GHNI team recently offered the community bean seeds to promote food production. Utilizing the rainy season as well as water from the dam, increased production will change the community’s lifestyle to one of agriculture rather than destroying nature by cutting down trees to burn charcoal.

Educating African Villages About Ebola

Ebola has fortunately not spread to Kenya and east Africa yet and hopefully won't. But 10 flights per day land in Nairobi from west Africa, so the possibility is real and everyone knows it... including those who live in the remote villages we serve.

So our Kenyan team recently educated our Wellness Committees in our villages, helping them learn and discern between the truths and untruths about Ebola. Now armed with knowledge, they can avoid the extremes of either panic or unpreparedness.

Our Wellness Director, Martin, sent me the update below.

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.

Stopping the Spread of HIV in Kenya

Whether HIV/AIDS is present in rural Kenyan villages is not a question. The true question is why is it still spreading?

Death to Survival

GHNI-Kenya recently provided us with this moving update on their work in Shambani Village. We couldn’t wait to share it with you!