Back from Kolkata(Calcutta), India … where half of our trip was invested in building relationships and a deeper understanding of how GHNI can assist and work alongside people and organizations already involved in anti-human trafficking. “Sober” is putting it extremely lightly, as we the team of three began to delve into and more deeply understand this devastating and complex work among a diverse group of organizations and philosophies pressing into these needs. Photography and personal interviews were simply not allowed; and for many-MANY good reasons. It was an experience I will never forget! Please note picture is blurred for privacy issues.
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“Planner” versus “Searcher”
The White Man’s Burden, the book has some insight into what we in GHNI are talking about when it addresses the “Planner” versus the “Searcher”.
Quote: “In foreign aid, Planners announce good intentions but don’t motivate anyone to carry them out; Searchers find things that work and get some reward(for recipients – my add). Planners raise expectations but take no responsibility for meeting them; Searchers accept responsibility for their actions. Planners determine what to supply; Searchers find out what is in demand. Planners apply global blueprints; Searchers adapt to local conditions. Planners at the top lack knowledge of the bottom; Searchers find out what reality is at the bottom.”
GHNI is constantly pursuing that “bottom”, that true need, that which is most helpful in self-sustainability and transforming lives. Embracement, personal embracement of change, and using all local relationships and resources, all go hand in hand. This can never happen in a top-down(bottom) approach.
Searcher … is who we are and how we do it.
New Year in 2012
We in GHNI are very much looking forward to this new year in 2012 and especially in how we can better focus on truly qualitative “Help” and “Hope” for the “Hidden” and “Hurting” in the countries we work in. Our goals are always pivoted on the truth that helping people out of extreme poverty will only come about by fully engaging local people, resources, ideas, influence and leadership.
Your partnership in this is essential and crucial.
Thank you, you who have contributed generously your time, resources and financials to these foci!