Frequently Asked Questions, About GHN
What makes GHN unique?
Our focus is on Educating, Empowering, and Equipping the most unrepresented (disenfranchised) people of the world. They need us and we also need them. With 25 years in the non-profit world is is apparent to me that without good causes to give to and be a part of, we might as well close our doors.
The trick is finding good causes and developing relationships with people you can trust in the developing country while we as non-profits assist them!
GHN definately has "boots on the ground" in India. We have made 8 trips there in the last 9 years and check up on the progress of our work and projects often.
Our Indian Partners come often to the US and meet with some of you, our donors. GHN is a great international family of ministries.
How can I make my giving go further?
GHN works closely with the “in-country” leadership in the selection of projects for partnership. There are often regulations or contingencies that need to be met before a project can move forward. Our team is committed to being involved with “the right projects” with the “right timing” so that we can report our projects completed as advertised.
Also, GHN works with a host of volunteers to keep the paid staff expenses to a minimum.
How can I get involved with GHN?
Sponsor a class or a school where there are many Dalit (Untouchable) student.
Be a Dalit advocate in your own community. (Introduce GHN to your pastors, help us get involved with missions at your church)
Join us on a trip to India.
Give financially to the Dalit cause in a variety of ways (follow links for marked Donate Now).
Introduce us to other opportunities globally and begin a dialogue, possibly developing into a new partnership agreement between GHN and the Christian charity of your choosing.
Arrange for a national leader to come and speak at your group or organization.
How does GHN choose its projects?
A number of factors come into play. First of all, everything happens through relationships so our getting to know the heart of a charity and working directly with the people is the primary key.
There needs to be a functioning “in-country” infrastructure in place so that we can be sure that once monies are committed, there will be follow through in the field. GHN prefers to not fund individuals directly but will work through in-country non-profits (commonly called NGOs or Non-Government Organizations).
It works best if there is a “home-based” advocate or Champion willing to work closely with GHN.
The projects need to be in keeping with the vision and mission of GHN, be seen as a good fit, and receive board approval.
Where does GHN get funding for its projects?
We're glad you asked! It’s from folks like you. We generally have 3 or 4 projects active at a time (follow links marked 'Donate Now'). We also cooperate with secular organizations like Rotary when we feel it is mutually beneficial and the beneficiaries are people groups of interest with GHN. We both give and expect to receive good accountability with all monies invested in our projects.
Who are the Dalits?
Dalit - the word means "broken," or "crushed." You may also know them as the Untouchables at the bottom of India's caste system.
This oppressed people group is made up of 250 to 300 million people, and comprises 25% of India's population. Dalits are not counted as part of Indian society, but are shunned as less than human - even their shadow is considered to pollute those of higher caste. As a result, they are often exploited and deprived of basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. Dalits have no access to decent education, healthcare, or employment. They generally try to get work as day laborers - sweeping streets, disposing of dead bodies, or cleaning sewers - in order to scrape together enough to survive each day. For millions, this is daily life, with no glimpse of hope for the future.
Why focus on the Dalits of India?
We focus on India’s Dalits primarily because they have asked for help as they struggle for freedom from oppression. Their movement is gaining momentum, and we have the opportunity to play a vital role in their emancipation and mostly because this is a huge opportunity to share the Gospel.