Our Projects

Kasur - Where hope has a name (Project 1)

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. 

 

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!

Another serious attack on Christian family in Sargodha Punjab

Blasphemy law case in Sargodha district Punjab Pakistan.


On May 25, 2024, I was in my office like every day and received a call around 12:15 pm from my friend who lives in Sargodha, his name is Nabeel Zaib. He told me about the critical situation in Sargodha.
I immediately called the Anthony's Foundation team in Germany and asked them for money for the trip. Because our Anthony's Foundation team, the Anthony's Foundation in Pakistan, wanted me to visit this place as soon as possible. 
It was 162 km away from Faisalabad and the journey took about 2 ½ hours on the highway. We went to the bus station, but unfortunately the bus was canceled because it had made a stopover in Sargodha due to the critical situation. So we got a rental car and drove to Mujahid Colony Sargodha. When we reached there, we saw a large number of Punjabi policemen controlling the situation. The police did not allow anyone to take photos and videos. Even the press and other media were not allowed to take pictures and videos, the police removed all evidence. The police cordoned off the building of a shoe factory, which was badly burned. But the Anthony's Foundation team did not give up and we secretly took pictures and videos and talked to the people living in the area. All the people told us the same story, which was that this Christian family had not done anything against a Muslim holy book, they were just jealous of the Christian family's business as this Christian family was stable and had a solid income from their own shoe factory. 
Two days before the incident, this family had a dispute with another Muslim family and lodged a complaint with the Mujahideen Colony police station. This complaint was also registered with the police. 
In revenge, some extremist Muslims burnt their own holy book in front of the Christian family's house early in the morning. Around 7 am, the eldest member of this Christian family went to the shoe factory clock, then a large number of people came to the factory around 09:00 am and attacked the old man with bricks. The extremists wanted to burn the old man alive, but the police arrived in time and saved the old man. The people did not listen and so they also attacked the ambulance that was supposed to take the old and now seriously injured man to hospital. According to the Christian family, about 800 extremists were present to kill the members of this family, but thanks to the courageous intervention of the police forces, they saved the family in time from the angry mob.
Thank God, there were no casualties. As we all remember the Jaranwala tragedy, here in Sargodha, the police actively protected the Christian families.

Sangla Hill - Hill of Hope (Project 2)

Sangla Hill is a tehsil in the Nankana Sahib district of Pakistan's Punjab province. It is located 103 km from the provincial capital Lahore and 47 km from Faisalabad. Until 2005, it was part of Sheikhupura district.

Sajal Emmanuel - a woman with heart and mind

Sangla Hill, this project is essentially connected with the name of a woman - Sajal Emmanuel and I would like to emphasize it right away, she is a very strong woman! A woman who knows what ... no not she wants, but what God wants! This is how I got to know her within the last 5 months. Due to the connection of our association to the Catholic Church, also in the sense of supervision by this church, Mrs. Sajal was placed at our side by Fr. Francis Gulzar, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Lahore. Thus, Mrs. Sajal performs two tasks. Firstly, she fulfills the important office of the treasurer within the association on the Pakistani side. Secondly, it is her heart's desire to support the children and young people and the mothers. Especially the girls and women, as the latter belong to the most discriminated group within the Pakistani society, especially in the poor quarters, due to their gender and religion. This has always been the case, however, and Sajal has for years been particularly committed to women, who have virtually no lobby within society.

No rights for Christian girls and women

Also in the project in Sangla Hill we had to realize very quickly that the rights of children and young people are often trampled underfoot, because there is no one who stands up for them. So, at the suggestion of Mrs. Sajal, we decided to do something, especially here, where abuse of the labor of children, but also sexual exploitation, especially of young women, is the rule. Here we organized a small seminar to educate children and young people about their rights, as well as to initiate measures to make sexual exploitation of women, or in some cases children, more difficult. Mrs. Sajal, as a woman, can have a particularly good effect here and bring in her experience from other projects. This initiative soon led to a conflict of interests of the employers, who are primarily interested in their own profit and sexual exploitation and abuse children for their own purposes. Soon the first ones were ready to reject this and not to be at the disposal of their tormentors anymore. In an interview with one of those affected (unfortunately only available in English), we draw attention to this great injustice.

 

How it goes on

As with our first project in Kasur, here too, in addition to support in the form of food and clothing, the school education of the children will form an essential part of our commitment. Since the children currently have to live in very dilapidated buildings, which will soon have to make way for a planned business project, we are looking for suitable living space that will enable us to meet the children's educational needs.