Jan 15, 2021

Transforming Lives through Education

We are excited to share that centers have reopened! The government announced that schools would be closed for four months because of the cold season and the second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks. Although this is a very difficult situation, it also meant that students could safely attend the Women’s Empowerment Center.

Asmaan* is a 23-year-old English instructor at the Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC). She is excited to have the opportunity to teach her students English back to back! We are excited to see the progress she will make. The students are also learning about Transformational Community Development, which includes health lessons one day a week.

English class and Health lessons are also going well at the Women’s Empowerment Center—East (WEC2). We were able to distribute notebooks, pens, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes for each of the participants, and the women and students were so grateful.

We are also working to empower all of the girls physically. They now have a volleyball team and play inside the school yard. We encouraged them to be active when we started WEC2. We bought them a ball and also gave the students support by cheering them on! 

Traditionally, the people did not allow their daughters to attend English class and play sports. WEC2 is bringing about change (transformation) in this and the surrounding communities.

The winter season is the best time for the girls to come to the center because the schools are closed.  They are passionate about coming to WEC2 every day to learn English. They love learning TCD lessons about sustainability, community ownership, and hygiene. 

We are excited to see the growth in all of these students. Thank you for all of your support! It is because of you that we are able to reach the people in this community!

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Asmaan” is a pseudonym for the individual involved with this project.

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Jan 15, 2021

Delivering Emergency Food Relief to Refugees

Although COVID-19 has severely impacted Jordan, we are grateful that we have still been able to reach refugees throughout the community. Throughout the past couple of months, we have been able to distribute over 80 food boxes, 50 backpacks for children, and 60 hygiene kits. All of these items are desperately needed by families. 

We have safely met with a variety of families through our outreach programs. In November, we met with over 30 Syrian families to continue sharing the Transformational Community Development (TCD) health education module. 

We were able to share the importance of practicing good hygiene habits, as well as sticking to the government restrictions and advice, like wearing a face mask, avoiding crowds, social distancing, and washing hands. Through this class, we were also able to distribute food boxes to each family.

In December, we had a program where we were able to distribute food boxes to 42 Yemeni refugee families. We held three different meetings in order to maintain correct safety precautions and to follow the proper social distancing guidelines between the attendees.

Our goal is to keep spreading awareness while providing relief to these families. We are grateful for your support, as it has allowed us to keep working in these communities!

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Nov 12, 2020

Transforming Lives during COVID-19

Harvest of Hope
Harvest of Hope

With your help, our teams on the field have continued to address problems from COVID-19. Through the key principles of Transformational Community Development, we have been able to continue to help communities be informed and address these challenges to become sustainable in all five areas of development: food, water, education, income generation, and wellness. We are so grateful for your support – Thank You!

As COVID-19 continues to affect countries around the globe, one of the most impacted areas is food security. Many regions of the world are facing severely depleted food stores, and supply chains continue to be interrupted.

Below are updates from different regions throughout the world:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many regulations in Africa including: lockdowns, restricted travels, curfews, and limited movements inside the country. The number of food insecure people in Africa has increased by 135%. Our goal is to help villagers overcome the food shortage by producing seeds that they can plant during the dry season since most of their crops were wasted during and after harvest.
  • With its proximity to China, like many parts of the world, Central Asia’s economy is integrated to and reliant on China. This includes the agriculture sector.  With international borders closed and domestic movement limited, farmers couldn’t procure seeds and/or were cut off from local markets.  Our local GHNI staff worked tirelessly to start hundreds of FAITH (Food Always In The Home) Kitchen Gardens in various areas.  However, there are still widespread food shortages reported in the region. Our response to these food shortages will be focused on two aspects: short-term emergency food relief and increasing and protecting existing crops. 
  • Despite the challenges from COVID-19, our office in Jordan has been able to continue working with refugee families. For the past few months, our team has met with a variety of groups and individuals to not only bring awareness, but also educate on how to prevent COVID-19. We have also been able to continue relief work through food box distribution, which includes the basic necessities for a family to live off for 2 weeks. 
  • In India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, we are mainly working among two types of people: those who have land and grow their own food, and the others who do not have land and depend on daily earnings. Those who have land are not much affected by this pandemic, whereas the ones who do not have land, such as tea garden people, are affected. 
  • In some villages we partner with in Southeast Asia, upwards of 20% of households have lost their income during lockdowns and quarantine, which in some areas lockdowns have returned or continued in some fashion since March. GHNI staff and partners responded with immediate food aid for impacted households.  As the pandemic wore on, we have shifted towards addressing the root causes affecting food security in some of these communities by training and providing resources for villagers to start their own gardens.  

In response to all of these food challenges, our teams are working with communities to address immediate needs and create long-term solutions for food security through our fall campaign, Harvest of HopeOur goal is to provide up to $2,000 for each community for training and resources like seeds and emergency food supplies, as well as support for ongoing wellness training. 

Would you help raise a harvest of hope and make lasting change for some of the hungriest people around the world this fall?

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