Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Ethiopian farmer transforms lives. No book learning required. (Thanks Hakima!)
Zumra Nuru, a non-literate farmer with big ideas (and a very fly hat) in Gondor, Ethiopia, is the founder of the commune, Awra Amba ("hilltop"). The commune is open to anyone of good moral character. Religion is ignored. A central tenant of life in Awra Amba is gender equity. As a youth in his village, Baba Zumra observed that "women were like servants and men were like masters." But in the commune, "men do women's work, and women do men's work."
The lesson? You don't need a formal education to profoundly transforms lives, but you do need compassion for humanity. kzs