Kasur - Where hope has a name

A difficult legacy

Our work began with 5 children in Kasur in 2017. Bishop Andrew wanted to give the children not only food, but a perspective for their lives. For this purpose, he wanted to provide you with the means that people need to live a dignified life. This includes not only regular meals, but also adequate housing, schooling, and last but not least, training centers or facilities in which young people are taught appropriate career prospects. In short, everything that people need to build a happy life. 
The sudden death of the bishop seemed to shatter all this, but Bishop Andrew had taken precautions and handed over the project to one of his youngest and most dedicated employees shortly before his death - Anthony Javed. He knew that he could rely on this young intelligent law student, indeed that Anthony loved children very much, and that the project had grown on him. So at first Anthony strove alone to care for the children and to be like a father to them. Soon, however, Anthony had to realize that he had reached his limits, not least because of his ongoing studies, and when Corona arrived, Anthony almost lost his courage, because soon despair spread everywhere. 

 

Hope germinates

Through the common friendship with Bishop Andrew, the basis for a mutual trust was laid and so I decided, oh forgive me, I have not introduced myself yet: My name is Reiner Wettcke, come from Germany, I am married, have 4 children with my wife Cornelia and I was allowed to meet Bishop Andrew Francis many years ago. At that time he was not yet a bishop, but he came regularly to Germany for visits. This man impressed everyone who had to do with him, because you immediately felt that he was thoroughly authentic and credible in what he said. The friendship with Anthony resulted simply from the circumstance, namely to have met this special man Andrew Francis, that was enough to carry on what he told us to do and I personally understand this quite figuratively, when Mary says to the disciples at the wedding at Cana: "What He tells you to do." Once we understood this, we set to work and soon the group of children in Kasur grew to about 30 children.
Corona - a curse and an opportunity at the same time
Yes, this situation into which the whole world has obviously been brought since the beginning of the pandemic is very difficult for most of us, I would like to say often unbearable, but as the saying goes: in every crisis there is also an opportunity, which I can at least recognize here, indeed would like to recognize. A situation that seems difficult is always in the eye of the beholder; you can see things this way or that way and probably this project would never have experienced such a dynamic if the circumstances had been different.

The most important thing - daily bread

First of all we ensured the supply of the children, since most of them are orphans, it was important to ensure the basic supply. This was possible not least because the mothers were united and shared responsibility for the children without a mother or father. So we had to make sure that food was bought and distributed to the mothers or children. It was also important to provide the children with appropriate clothing, as this was inadequate, especially for the cold season. 

 

School begins

The first lessons took place in improvised "classrooms". Everyone who could read, write and calculate was expected to help. The children were also to receive a religious education, and since most of them were Christians, this was not a problem. Thus, at the end of last year, we provided all the children with rosaries, which they received with great joy. Of course, at the moment there is still a lack of almost everything that is necessary for such a project, starting from the premises, to the teachers, to school books and exercise books .... But all this costs money, and for that we need help!

 

I have a dream ...

...said Martin Luther King in his famous quote. We also have a dream! That we create with united forces, the children a perspective, which makes a life worth living possible for you. Each of us has the right to achieve this, but we need each other. Together we can achieve this with God's help, let's start to make it happen!