Kafr lebs farmers dreamt about having their own agricultural association with a fertilizers-warehouse to achieve self-sufficiency and to benefit from what is provided by the government. But, the farmers were not having a piece of land to build the association on which was the only condition for establishing it, so they discussed their problem with the manager of the central agricultural association and the rural committee whom scanned the area until they found a piece of land suitable for the establishment of the association and the warehouse. This land belonged to the irrigation authority of El-Minia governorate, however, there was one of the farmers who took it over. The local community leaders make many negotiations with the irrigation authority until they agreed to allocate this land for the agricultural association but they told the farmers that they could give them this land only if they started to build on the same day of the offset property. That pushed the rural committee members and the leaders of the agricultural association to gather in an urgent meeting to put a plan for the upcoming period and how to motivate the rural society and the farmers to complete building the association.
With the blessings of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, and under the guidance of His Grace Bishop Yolios (the general bishop for old Cairo and BLESS) and His Grace Bishop Bavly (the general bishop for east Alexandria), The church celebrated the first graduating class of development field workers who will be serving in slum areas of Alexandria. The 35 graduates will begin development work in area of El Awayed, which includes Khorshed, Zawayed, El Bakatosh, and El Maraghy. The following individuals honored this event with their presence: Fr. Salib, on behalf of El Komos Reweis Marcos (the general priest of the patriarch of Alexandria) The priests of Awayed area; El KomosEbraam Abdelmessih, Fr. Samaan Assad, Fr. Rafael Helmy, Fr. Abanoub Iskandar,Fr. Fam Farouk, Fr. Makar William, Fr. Yohanna Youssef. From BLESS: El Komos Boulos El Meharaky(consultant of the training unit of BLESS), Dr. Hani Samir (the Executive Director of BLESS), Mr. Ayman Karam (the Director of Training Unit), Dr. Victor Fawzy (Director of Health Program), Mr. George Naguib(the Manager of BLESS office in Alexandria), and a group of program managers in BLESS who participated in the training.