Bulesa Dima is a village near the town of Isiolo. The people in Bulesa Dima saw transformation happening in the neighboring village of Gambella and, like many other surrounding villages, asked for our help. We said “yes” to the leaders of Bulesa Dima at the beginning of 2011.
Bulesa Dima is a village of about 1,000 Borana people, mostly doing subsistence farming and stock herding. With the ever-growing drought in this part of Africa, these practices have become increasingly difficult and has brought the village into a state of severe poverty. Income plummeted, and children were pulled out of school because their families simply could not afford the fees.
With our Transformational Community Development program we hope to help Bulesa Dima overcome their severe poverty. Some of the issues the people of this village initially brought to GHNI are:
- Need for more efficient methods of irrigation and fertilization
- No electricity
- Only enough food to eat one meal per day at best
- Nearest water had been a cloudy stream about 5km away
- Infant & maternal mortality was high
GHNI is working alongside this willing community in effort to eradicate these challenges to better living. Since we started working with them in 2011, we've made significant strides in sustainable living. Mortality and illness rates have dropped, and due to hygiene training many diseases have disappeared. Sustainable farming methods, as well as methods to store and purify water, have increased crop yields even during drought seasons and lessened the dependency on relief food. Through the TCD program, Bulesa Dima is making real progress in lifting themselves out of poverty.