A World Undivided: Judy and Khadija

During the month of August in Nebraska, when the corn is at its peak, it is hard to ignore the influence of agriculture in our Midwestern state.

We are always so happy to find the quirks of the universe when world's collide at the Literacy Council--that is when beautiful connections and change can happen.

Tutor Judy Mettenbrink and student Khadija Aboudaim once lived continents apart, in two entirely different worlds. Yet they both shared farming as a means of prosperity.

Judy hails from the Grand Island area, and Khadija from Northern Sudan but both earned their livelihoods from agriculture. It is when we meet like this that we realize that we are all part of the human race, that we are not all that different at the heart of things.

Both now reside in the Grand Island area and they share a bond that reaches far beyond the tutor-student relationship. They both understand that to plant a seed today is to have hope grow into a brighter future.

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