Global Hope Network International is one of the most wonderful NGOs in the world. They are tiny compared to behemoths like World Vision and the Red Cross, but their work is no less groundbreaking or important. They work in some of the most impoverished villages in the world.
When they start working with a village, it typically has no clean water, no sanitation, and little in the way of educational facilties. They roll their sleeves up, jump in the trenches with the villagers and they don’t leave until the village is completely self-sustainable - meaning it has no need for any further international aid. This method is called Transformational Community Development, and it is revolutionary.
In mid-August, one village that GHNI has worked with for the past five years - Gambella, in Kenya - will complete its five-year journey towards self-sustainablity. The last piece of the hard-won puzzle is a windmill that will allow the people of Gambella to properly irrigate their crops all year round, thereby hugely increasing the amount they can grow and sell. Everyone in Gambella, with GHNI’s help, has (to put it mildly) worked their arses off for the last five years to create a brighter future for their children. They deserve to graduate from the TCD programme in style.
GHNI need $15,000 to build this windmill and we are gathering together a very special group of Good Misfits to make it happen. We believe that there are so many change-makers out there just waiting for the opportunity to make their mark on the world, this project is the opportunity to do just that. Each of our thirty Good Misfits will raise $500 each, which combined will bring about a real and tangible change in the world.
This is a personal one for the Misfits. One of our very first social justice projects was in Gambella where we fundraised for, and then physically helped lay the pipe that would bring clean water to, the village. On AJ’s birthday this year, he and all of the Good Misfits that wish to join him will fly out to Kenya to witness the unveiling of the windmill. Good Misfits will even get their name written on the windmill’s blades.
So far, there are independent coffee shops donating 10 cents per cup, a couple of art and photography auctions, a pretty impressive variety of parties, a ‘Yappy Hour’, and a man cycling from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, Nova Scotia under the Good Misfit flag. We have almost filled all the spots, but we need just a couple more people to stand with us to make this experiment in social philanthropy blow up.