Working together in the Southern Gaza Strip brings a story of co-operation. PARC has been receiving funds through Commitment for Life for many years. Recently they co-operated with Save the Children Fund and a German charity (BMZ) to restore greenhouses for tomato grower Adel Alsamiri. His tomato houses were destroyed in Israeli aggressive attacks and only growing vegetables did not provide enough income for his family. He had tried to repair the damage himself with simple materials but now with the greenhouses completely restored his tomato growing business can flourish again.
In early March Fairtrade Network Winchester organised two Palestinian farmers to talk about the growing of the olives that make up the Zaytoun oil and soap that we have for sale in church. We listened to the familiar problems of their everyday living. One interesting fact was that when trees that have been growing for hundreds of years are destroyed by settlers, it is 7 years before the replacement trees produce a crop. Our Commitment for Life monies come from Sunday coffee donations and the Christmas Cards for the Church noticeboard help to pay for olive tree saplings.