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Oct 19, 2018

Young Man Takes Responsibility

Branka is a 43-year-old woman with a 16-year-old son, Vasa. Despite his young age, Vasa got married. There were many problems in the family due to finances, but thanks to TCD lessons, Vasa took responsibility for himself and his wife by forming an orchestra. He now earns an income for both of them.

Other Updates

Last month, villagers in jorgovska mahala were busy with agricultural work, harvesting plums. Now a large number of them are absent because they went to harvest grapes. Also, a number went to work for two months in Slovakia. Even with smaller numbers, we held regular meetings and made personal visits to families in the mahala.

Though they came into meetings tired from work, they were excited to hear our Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons. Special attention was drawn to family topics on responsibilities in marriage and the upbringing of children.

Oct 19, 2018

Help for the Wounded

GHNI-Lebanon recently had the privilege of decreasing the suffering in one of the hundreds of refugee camps. This time, we had a special case to take care of. Abed was wounded two years ago when a missile exploded in his home. He was lucky to survive, but he was wounded as shrapnel hit his face.

After he fled to Lebanon and settled in the camp we are focusing on, he came to us for help. Not only was his face deformed, but this shrapnel remains in his face and untreated, just below his eye. His health situation was stable, but it was time-sensitive. No one knew what complications could result in the future.

Abed is a family man and father of a five-year-old son. The family relies on Abed. GHNI took the initiative and had an operation. Now he can work freely and safely without anything dangerous inside of him. He and his family are very grateful for this life change we facilitated.

GHNI-Lebanon is delighted and thankful to our donors for helping us provide help to the less fortunate. Abed is one of thousands who were wounded during the war.

We hope to continue making such positive changes in the lives of these people in need.

Oct 19, 2018

Update from Trip to Visit Yazidis

These families have been victims of extreme and unspeakable violence, forced to live for years in harsh and impoverished conditions in tents, tarp homes, old abandoned factories, and the like. They have lost homes, farms, businesses, and beyond material things, they suffered the loss of family and friends who were taken or killed.

On a recent trip, we helped the Yazidi families by leaving the funds that many of you donated to carry on the aid work they desperately need and want. Their love and appreciation is profound. The joy so many have in the midst of a terrible situation is amazing. My heart is torn between the joy of being with them again and the continued hardship and sorrow they live in.


Working Toward TCD

We are working on hybrid Disaster Relief/Transformational Community Development (TCD) projects to help the Yazidis improve their lives despite being displaced. We held an all-day training to work out first steps to implement a project. It is extremely difficult to consider, much less execute, development projects when you own nothing, but we can do it.

In light of this, the Yazidi are hard workers and some are slashing their way out of the jungle of extreme poverty and hopelessness. One man started a soap business three years ago. He began with making ten bars that were worthless. After persevering, he now makes thousands a month, has hired six people, takes only what his family needs from the profits, and gives the rest to the poor in his community. What an amazing family! 

Finally, I met with my friend who is a Yazidi farmer. He is a good and hardworking man. Back in his homeland of Sinjar, he had a farm. I am hoping that he is able to get his own land to make a good living. I have brought him high quality, non-genetically modified seed that he will be able to grow and sell in the market.

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