Some years back in a Palestinian camp in Jordan, a Western optimist tried to interest the camp leaders in digging a well for their own supply of fresh water. They thought it was a hopeless project. He ended up recruiting the kids. They dug down over thirty feet, shoring up the sides as they went and truly did find water. The community came to see and a cup of water was drawn up for the eldest to sip. He turned solemnly to the volunteer and said, "Mustafa, now you may die".
This one act made his whole life worthwhile to the community. The ultimate compliment.
I read this in a book about thirty years ago and haven't found it on the Internet or in Google Books. If anyone knows the source, I'll add it.