From the desk of Jamal Hashweh, Regional Field Leader of the Middle East– 

Tira receiving her heater

Tira receiving her heater

Marking progress with the Syrian crisis is like counting water droplets in a thunderstorm. The work is never ending and the problems remain. Winter was a time of giving out heaters, jackets, and blankets. We are trying to help stabilize the lives of the families as they will be here for a long time.

Tira* came to us without invitation. She heard through her friends we were distributing goods and she came without hope we would help. She had been to other organizations who turned her away. When I saw her, I asked what we could do. She was taken back with surprise and asked if she could have a heater for her family. I told her at this time I didn’t have one but if she came back on Wednesday I would have one for her.

Arriving on Wednesday, I saw she was the first one there. Standing with her were her friends, all had received things from GHNI.

She told us she had never felt so respected and cared for.


We also gave jackets, blankets, vitamins, heaters, and toys for the children. We had over 100 recipients that day.  We worked hard keeping our Syrian guests warm and healthy during this cold winter.  During a time of conflict, it is easily seen no matter your background, in a time of need, we all pull together. We have realized sometimes finding hope is the only thing people were seeking. Afterwards, many Syrians could feel they were respected and are still thanking us several weeks later.

TCD trainer (left) with Yalda (right)

TCD trainer (left) with Yalda (right)

Our plan of assisting the Syrians continues. We are beginning to have Transformational Community Development (TCD) training with the Syrian refugee families. This will involve parts of Vocational Training Program (VTP) as well.

We have already begun training with 12 families and we are planning more.

We will be emphasizing they will be the ones who will come together to build their country back.


We are also looking at skills these families have so we can implement VTP projects to help them become self-sufficient.

Having nothing but the items they brought with them from the Zaatari camp, one family of seven is now living in Madaba, 110km (almost 70 miles) south of Zaatari, because they could not find work. We have created a VTP program for women who would like to provide for their families. Yalda is our pilot project and is now helping to pay half her families rent.

We are continuing to give out items shipped to us through two other partner organizations. These items are used to create a bridge of hope to these families. As winter ends and the problem in Syria is yet to be resolved, we are encouraging our Syrian guests they are not alone and we are still with them.

Join us as we begin true transformation in the lives of Syrian refugees!


The Story of Bitrus

Posted by Bethany on April 21st, 2014 0
Bitrus wants to be a medical doctor some day

Bitrus wants to be a medical doctor some day

Villagers in Dogon Gada have known for some time how important it was to find a way to give their children an education.  They even started a school without the proper four walls.  Now, the school is being fully operated and star pupils are standing out.  Here’s one story for you from the GHNI Nigeria team.

Dogon Gada, Nigeria

“Quite a lot is going on in Dogon Gada in the area of education, one of the five key elements fundamental to transformation. This month, we present the story of Bitrus, a 13-year old Dukawa boy, a native of Dogon Gada village where he lives with his parents.

“This is what Bitrus has to say about the Dogon Gada Primary School:

‘I am having a good time in this school. This is the first time I am going to school in my life.  Our teacher is teaching us well. I came here to get educated so that I can become a medical doctor. I will surely achieve this with the help of God.’”

A Model Committee

Posted by Bethany on April 18th, 2014

The true test of whether or not Transformational Community Development (TCD) is working in a village is when the villagers take ownership of their progress.  That’s exactly what happened recently when the funding for their electricity transformer didn’t come as quickly as they hoped.  GHNI Myanmar shares the details of this inspiring story! Thar Yar […]

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Our disaster relief team is working hard to help Syrians displaced within the borders of their own country.  Mike Parks, GHNI’s Director of Disaster Relief, shares the following realities with us. The harsh and complex civil war in Syria continues. Even as there are talks going on in Geneva, millions of Syrians are suffering and […]

Lasting Development

Posted by Bethany on April 14th, 2014

The realities of illiteracy and lack of medical facilities in this area are soon to be a part of the past.  After much hard work the GHNI Egypt team has finally found a location and begun building this much needed community center which will be used for Transformational Community Development (TCD) training and so much […]

Soap Sells

Posted by Bethany on April 11th, 2014

New income generating activities are transforming the norm in this community!  Not only will the families benefit from the increased income but fences are being mended within their relationships.  GHNI Burkina Faso tells the full story… Saneba, Burkina Faso “In the month of February, five women were selected by the village of Saneba to go […]

A Father for Syria’s Families

Posted by Bethany on April 9th, 2014

A father of 6 children, Fathi* and his family are among many Syrians who have fled to survive the on-going danger, no longer able to generate income in the war-torn land.  He was always a hard worker and ached to provide for his children, so they entered into Jordan.  So many others like him with […]

Shrimp Weighs in Big

Posted by Bethany on April 7th, 2014

Finding more sufficient ways of doing the work they already know, this community is really beginning to thrive.  Thanks to locals who are willing to impart their knowledge of fishing and shrimping, villagers here are seeing a bright future, according to the GHNI Indonesia team in their latest update. Tanakeke-Batu Ampara Village, Indonesia “We have […]

Group Efforts Spring Up

Posted by Bethany on April 4th, 2014

This community is coming together to effect lasting change!  Through a lot of hard work, this group of people are seeing real growth…literally.  Here’s the story straight from GHNI Ethiopia. Megaladi Village, Ethiopia “The people in Megaladi Village are now inspired after seeing the transformation in neighboring village of Garmaam. They have dug three ponds […]