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I was out on a full moon night a few weeks ago, and as is often the case if you take in Humjibre night life, someone struck up a conversation with me on the main road. He asked me this:
“Please, what does GHEI do?”
I sputtered foolishly. I am spending much of my time here in Humjibre, telling the rest of the world what GHEI does, how is it that this young man who lives in Humjibre, doesn’t know what we do?!
He went on:
“I know that you are helping young people, I know you do good things. But…”
Anxious and flummoxed in that uniquely western way, I finished his sentence. “…you don’t know what those good things are.” He said, yes.
So, this is the first step in what we at GHEI are trying to do to better tell people in Humjibre what those good things are. This is our first newsletter to the fine people of Humjibre. We’re going to put it in the library for everyone to read, right next to the Daily Graphic, and the slightly dated copies of the African Report.
The stories are already there, because, well there here. I’ve edited out some of the strange cyber-rhetoric, but in general what you see here at GHEI News is what you can read in GHEI NEWS in the Library. Traditionally, newspapers come out in print, and then a blog starts. But we here at GHEI are not traditional folks.
This also coincides with a big push to get the word out about bednets in Humjibre. We’ve discovered thanks to a big survey in the community in the summer, that although GHEI has effectively covered Humjibre with bednets for every sleeping area, not as many people are using their bednets as we thought. Aggie and Mensah are spreading the word, on our endearingly annoying Public Announcement System and in churches, and the CHW’s are making their own PSA throughout the community. Aggie’s script for the radio announcement is copied word for word in the newsletter, but unfortunately what we can’t copy is her lovely song that accompanies it on the loudspeaker.
But her words are included in GHEI News along with a few of the other good things that we do in Humjibre.