December 1, 2012

Susan Svrluga’s profile of African immigrant Jean Kabre [“First, a friend. Then, a cause,” front page, Nov. 27] was a revealing tale of humanity and solidarity at their best. What Mr. Kabre and the generous folks at 101 Constitution Ave. in Washington are doing to help Mr. Kabre’s impoverished village in Burkina Faso is quite remarkable. Their acts of kindness testify to the fact that as long as there is goodwill, there is always hope for those who live in the most forgotten corners of the world, desperate and yearning for a better life.

As one who witnessed the plights of many in rural Ethi­o­pia, where clean drinking water and other basic necessities are lacking, I truly appreciate the small-scale water and development projects that Mr. Kabre’s friends are funding. Their initiatives will alleviate some of the hardships that the villagers encounter in their daily lives.

May the compassion and generosity practiced at Mr. Kabre’s workplace inspire others to extend a helping hand to the needy at home and abroad.

Tewodros Abebe, Accokeek

How the commercial tenants at 101 Constitution Ave. are helping a village in Africa is an amazing and inspirational story. Imagine if another office building (or 10, or 100) followed suit? I lived for two years in a village where most people had no electricity or indoor plumbing; water was hauled from distant wells.

We take so much for granted in this country. Even many of our poorest have so much more than do people in much of the world.

Pam Juhl, Arlington

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