April 18, 2008

Empty bottles make a difference

As the term winds to an end, Alloway Library is introducing a new beneficiary for its bottle fund. All recyclable beverage containers collected in the library will raise money to support Tahaddi, a compassion ministry working in a slum of Beirut, Lebanon.

Tahaddi, the Arabic word for “challenge,” serves the poor in three ways: through medical care, literacy programs and prison work.

The medical dispensary provides free access to primary care, offering family medical consultations; medicines; lab work as well as practical and financial assistance when hospitalization is required.

Its educational ministry promotes a climate of tolerance and includes adult and child literacy programs, wood shop and sewing classes for children from 10 to 13 years of age who have no access to normal schooling as well as summer camp and Bible clubs for children

Tahaddi also provides moral and spiritual support to women’s prisoners during weekly visits and provides inmates with basic necessities, Bible studies and English classes. In a unique arrangement, warm sweaters knitted by the prisoners are given to the shantytown children in the literacy classes.

Learn more at www.tahaddilebanon.org

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