Last summer when visiting Tella, a farming village in Upper Egypt, along the Nile, where CEOSS is involved, Peter Makari, Global Ministries Executive for the Middle East and Europe and Susan Sanders, One Great Hour of Sharing Administrator observed effective partnerships. The local community leaders - Muslims and Christians - about 12 men and 2 women - decided they needed to work on sanitation issues. As a first step, they organized to have the open sewer in their village paved over. For as long as anyone could remember, animals roamed free through the village - donkeys, goats, chickens - were leaving their waste throughout the community. Our partners suggested the Tella villagers build pens to contain the animals and their fertile manure in one place. The manure has now replaced the expensive commercial fertilizer used for the crops, and because organic produce is highly valued, the Tella farmers are now selling their produce at a higher price. With the extra income, families are able to send their girl children to school and to pay for regular visits to the mobile medical clinic. What a celebration to hear of increased self sufficiency because partnerships among Muslims and Christians are formed.
||1 Kings 2:1-11