Partner Spotlight #2: Global Hope Network International

Did you know that 1.5 billion people live in extreme poverty? The average village has 1,500 people and 1 million villages exist in over 70 countries. Global Hope Network International was launched with the purpose of “Bringing help and hope to the hidden and hurting.” Global Hope Network International (GHNI) focus’ on Transformational Community Development (TCD) to provide long term sustainability in villages.

They focus on five areas over a 3-5 year period of time.

1. Water

They ensure that each village has access to safe, clean water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. They place clean water wells so all will have access to clean water. Prior to this, their water source is usually a dirty stream.

2. Food

It’s not only important to have access to food, but it’s important that the food has nutritional value! Global Hope Network International works with the villagers to ensure that they have nutritious food to end chronic hunger and malnutrition. They do this not by giving them the food, but by teaching them about organic farming and walking alongside them as they learn and put into action what they learn.

3. Wellness

This area of focus is where our medical outreach fits in as we provide education on sanitation and disease prevention. A pit latrine (toilet) is placed for sanitation in the areas we serve.

4. Education

Access to education is one of the most important things that you can give to transform a community. Global Hope Network International ensures that every girl and boy receives a primary education. GHNI comes alongside the villagers to build classrooms. Often we see children walking 6 miles to school because there is no school in their village. If they walk long distances to school they fall asleep during the day because they are tired. This affects their learning.

5. Income

Sometimes helping others can hurt if they aren’t taught how to help themselves. GHNI works together with the village to develop their skills and produce incomes. Sewing machines are provided so women can make dresses and clothing. Also, they provide beads and string so women can make jewelry. They also sell the produce that they grow. It’s important to not only give but to teach skills that produce income to those in the villages.

It’s a wonderful experience to visit these villages. Some have not had visitors in three generations. Their village leaders are open to learning and want to see village transformation. Many are unreached with the gospel and have opened their hearts to Christ. They have asked for churches to be planted as a result of GNHI commitment to their village.

Would you like to see one of these villages for yourself? Join us on an upcoming mission trip.

To find out more about Global Hope Network International visit their website here.

Pictured: Mission Partner for Christ President & Founder Sheri Postma pictured with GHNI team leader Martins Atanda and Atakassikoro village chief, man of peace, village leaders. Village: Atakassikoro Cote d’Ivoire Africa Our team was their 1st visitors in 3 generations.

Pictured: Our team, GHNI team and village leaders Atakassikoro Cote d’Ivoire Africa