January 09, 2009

Your empties make a difference for kids

Alloway Library's users have raised $500 for Tahiddi, a compassion ministry working in a poor neighbourhood of Beirut, Lebanon. Over a third of the money comes from empty beverage containers brought by Alloway Library patrons to the the blue bin in the library's foyer.

Alloway Library's Abraham Brake, who has been leading the project hopes to see $1000 raised by the end of June. He has been faithfully taking loads of empty cans and bottles to the the recycling depot since April last year. The money raised will be used to send impoverished children to Tahiddi's summer camps.

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

Its educational work 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

You can bring your empty recyclable beverage containers to the the library any time to help in this project.

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