It might not be Thanksgiving here in East Africa, but we will gladly seize any opportunity to let you know what we’re thankful for. In the last year, we’ve come up with an extensive and beautiful list of reasons to be thankful and we think it’s best you hear it directly from the source.
Below are some words of gratitude and stories of thankfulness from our brothers and sisters in Chad and Somaliland.
From our corner of the world to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Sahra Ali / 30-years-old / Mother of 3 children / Somaliland
“The work we are doing with World Concern is going well. We have built a large sand dam – we have worked 15 days every month for the last three months.”
“Before World Concern came, we did not have the proper materials to prevent flooding.”
“Before World Concern built two berkads, we did not have enough water in our village. These berkads provide us enough water. They have also benefited us because some people were paid money to help build them.”
“With the assistance of World Concern, we are working to build half moons and other dams. This will block future floods from harming our village.”“World Concern trained us on how to make these dams and provided us with tools and food.”“We are also building dams where the animals eat, so that the animals will have drinking water and more grass will grow for them to eat.”“In the past, floods would often ruin the things inside people’s homes. This happened many times.”“Even after World Concern leaves, we plan to continue with this work because we have been given many examples and we can already see the benefits.”
Saynab Suleman / 35-years-old / Mother of 6 children / Somaliland
“World Concern helped us form a women’s self-help group, which has now become a community. Before this group, we never met together as women. Now we are strong – if someone is sick or needs help, we can assist one another.”“We use this group to help each other and find ways to improve our economy, such as giving out loans to group members upon request. Many use this money to open shops and start other small businesses.”“I plan to take a loan to use to open a small shop. I want to sell things like juice, rice, and sugar. I will then use the money from my shop to pay back the loan and to pay for my children’s health care and food.”“I teach the women in my group Somali language and math. The women can now do basic reading and writing. Because my parents did a good thing for me, by putting me in school, I want to give the other women access to learn.”
“We hope to use this group to develop our community. Women in Cala Caule see our group and see that it is good. There are some women who are considering starting another self-help group.”
Mohamed Adam / 40-years-old / Father of 10 children / Somaliland
“Most all households in Cala Caule are farmers. We recently benefited from a World Concern agricultural training. We learned how far apart to plant our seeds, how to use pesticides, and how to deal with germination. We were also given seeds and tools to benefit our farms.”“Because we now know how to space our seeds, our trees have been growing faster. Before the training, this mango tree was growing much slower.” “Before the training, we knew very little about pest control. Now our plants are growing without hindrance. In my farm I’m currently growing cabbage, onion, salad, papaya, mangos, bananas, lemons, and maize.”“In the World Concern Disaster Risk Reduction training, we learned how to prepare for floods – that we must arrange our items in a certain way before we flee. We also learned that during droughts it is good for us to divide our herds into two and sell half of them for money. We built these walls to block future flooding.”
Zenaba Adam / 45-years-old / Mother of 7 children / Chad
“Thanks to World Concern’s training, this is our first time to farm together as a community. We take turns on the farm in order to help one another.”“We used to get 10 bags of sorghum in rainy season and 4 in dry season. For this year, I’m hoping it will be much more!”“Though we haven’t harvested yet, I am thanking God for the progress and for what I hope will come.”“I am happy for World Concern’s help and I ask that they continue to assist us.”
Mademi Mahamat / 34-years-old / Father of 7 children / Chad
“World Concern has been working with our community to sensitize us about better living.”“They distributed to us horses, carts, and plows.”“We have been able to use these tools to farm and we thank God that it has gone well.”
Fatuma Bourma / 35-years-old / Mother of 6 children / Chad
“I no longer fear the Janjaweed (rebel group). Life in Tessou is much better than the camps because we are free to farm.”“Before the World Concern training we had never heard of a tontine (savings) group, but we now see the benefits and plan to continue with the group.” “We are collecting this money to be used for a future common goal. Right now, if a member is in trouble, she can borrow money from the group and then later pay it back. We hope to use our saved money to contribute to purchasing a community mill.”“Now that we have a water pump we can use the water for food, we can wash our clothes, and we can bathe easily. We no longer have to travel to collect water at the local, dirty source.”
Tena Hamid / 20-years-old / Chad
“Before we got our new well, we used to walk one hour each way to collect water. Now Tessou is better because we have water.”“Having clean water helps because we can now use it to prepare our food, for drinking, and for washing our clothes.”“People no longer become as sick. If they do become sick, it’s not from the water.”“The community is making bricks to be used for a school and maybe even a health center. If there is a school here, I definitely want to go. I want to be a big woman like you (referring to myself and Rose, our interpreter).”
WE. ARE. THANKFUL.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou