Pakistan Floods – The Relief Effort Continues

The Church in one of the country’s largest Catholic villages has established a water filtration facility to curb water-bourne disease.

Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad presided over the blessing of the St. Camillus Clean Drinking Water Center in Khushpur, home to seven thousand Catholics, in Punjab province.

Camillian Brother Mushtaq Anjum joined two priests, nuns and villagers at the inauguration of the facility on October 2 in the compound of St Fidelis Church. [see photo]

Bishop Coutts thanked the congregation for the invaluable resource center.

“It is an expensive piece of machinery, and now it is your responsibility to take care of it,” he told the villagers.

The filtration plant cost 2.2 million rupees (more than US$25,000). The Camaillians will oversee changing water filters for the first year, after which the community is to manage the plant itself.

The project is an extension of the Camillians’ relief efforts after heavy flooding ravaged the country last year.

The congregation constructed 53 houses, organized 13 medical camps (in which 2,200 patients were treated) and provided warm clothes and bedding to 300 flood victims last winters in three dioceses.

Brother Anjum who represents the Camillian Task Force, an international relief effort of the Order of Saint Camillus, said he is hopeful the clean water center would help improve health conditions in the flood-affected village.

About 200 mud houses were destroyed and hundreds of acres of standing crops were damaged in the Khushpur by heavy rains this year.

“The sewerage pipes were damaged in floods and the contaminated drinking water was increasing hepatitis and stomach disorders,” Br Anjum said.

Dominican Sister Parveen Lazarus of St Catherine of Siena said the power crisis in the country would present a challenge in running the plant.

“The community elders are planning to make a schedule for collecting water when electricity is available. Still, it will aid villagers who used to get drinking water from the suburbs,” she said.

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Pakistan 18 – Kotri 3

Dear Confreres,

Greetings of peace and good health!

CTF brings  Shelter and Health in Kotri, Sindh, Pakistan

Today it was a long but another fulfiling day. I was wearing my Camillian habit with red cross. It captured attention and surely many wondered what this red cross could mean… It was a silent witnessing. Slowly but gradually, so many including religious congregation are learning about our Congregation. Wherever, I go, I bring with my our vocation promotion material, stampitas, prayer for for the sick and 2011 Camillian Calendars.

We started our day with prayers for the success of our activities. With the help and collaboration of many people of good will we started our ministry of healing by conducting a medical camp in Khanpur, Kotri. since it was a first day,we almost started 9:45AM amidst a town of tents, a town in which misery reigns; the children run without warm clothes, socks, sleeps/shoes; some are sick and others are getting sick because of this cold weather which knows no poor, miserable or destitute. It is the place where previously I had seen many sick children with infections, colds, and other skin diseases.

Most of the patients were females, children and old women. At the end of the medical camp, 296 patients benefited from this activity. Mostly the people complained about the quality of the medicines and attention given to them. Mostly, the flood victims in these tents said, they received no medicines. If ever they did, it was equal to none. But this time all were happy with the medicines. They appreciated our presence and healing ministry, though all of them were Muslims. Aside from the doctor and nurses, we had some local volunteers and organizers who generously shared their times. The medical camp was closed at about 04:00 PM.

Simultaneously, in a different location, we also started the distribution of the roofing material among 26 families; The activity took place in the convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King. The sisters were very much supportive.

All were happy to receive this gift. It was a witness of the love of God for the people who need much help. Some referred back to Gospel of Matthew 25 wherein Jesus speaks about the Last Judgment and mentions of his people who give Him shelter.

The distribution took place in the presence of Fr. Samson Shukirdin, OFM, Srs. Mariam Shingara, Venus Bachan, FMCK. The help of our collaborators from Caritas Hyderabad, Mr. Attashad Asgar, OFM parish volunteers and other collaborators was significant. Our appreciation goes for them.

Bro. Mushtaq Anjum, MI
Ministers of the Infirm (CAMILLIANS)
Philippine Province
http://www.camilliansphil.org

Pakistan 17 – CTF bring the Good News of Health and Shelter in Kotri, Sindh, Pakistan

Mushtaq Anjum, MI

December 8, 2010, was a long but another fulfilling day. I was wearing my Camillian habit with red cross. It captured attention and surely many wondered what this red cross could mean… It was a silent witnessing. Slowly but gradually, so many including religious congregation are learning about our Congregation. Wherever, I go, I bring with my our vocation promotion material, stampitas, prayer for for the sick and 2011 Camillian Calendars.

We started our day with prayers for the success of our activities. With the help and collaboration of many people of good will we started our ministry of healing by conducting a medical camp in Khanpur, Kotri. Since it was a first day, we almost started 9:45AM amidst a town of tents, a town in which misery reigns; the children run without warm clothes, socks, sleeps/shoes; some are sick and others are getting sick because of this cold weather which knows no poor, miserable or destitute. It is the place where previously I had seen many sick children with infections, colds, and other skin diseases.

Most of the patients were females, children and old women.

At the end of the medical camp, 296

patients benefited from this activity.
Mostly the people complained about the quality of the medicines and attention given to them. Mostly, the flood victims in these tents said, they received no medicines.If ever they did, it was equal to none. But this time all were happy with the medicines. They appreciated our presence and healing ministry, though all of them were Muslims.

Aside from the doctor and nurses, we had some local volunteers and organizers who generously shared their times. The medical camp was closed at about 04:00 PM.

Simultaneously, in a different location, we also started the distribution of the roofing material among 26 families; The activity took place in the convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King. The sisters were very much supportive.

All were happy to receive this gift. It was a witness of the love of God for the people who need much help. Some referred back to Gospel of Matthew 25 wherein Jesus speaks about the Last Judgment and mentions of his people who give Him shelter.

The distribution took place in the presence of Fr. Samson Shukirdin, OFM, Srs. Mariam Shingara, Venus Bachan, FMCK. The help of our collaborators from Caritas Hyderabad, Mr. Attashad Asgar, OFM parish volunteers and other collaborators was significant. Our appreciation goes for them. The Camillians express their gratitude to His Excellency Msgr. Max J. Rodrigues, Bishop of Hyderabad, for his support.

Pakistan 16 – Update from Kotri 2

Dear Confreres,

Today, almost the whole day, I went to the possible locations where we will hold medical camps. I was with Mr. Attashad from Caritas Hyderabad. I met also Mr. Shamas Shamoon, the Executive Secretary of Caritas Hyderabad. He happily agreed to send Atta with me and promised to help us if needed.

We went to a tent camp near the railway lines in Kotri. We visited almost 160 families and saw the sick people; we saw several pregnant women; some have already given birth; one just gave birth few hours ago in that dirty, cold place without any facility. They had put to child under the sun on the floor outside. We saw many children with skin diseases. others with fever and many others with cold and cough due to cold weather.

We went also to around 6 other villages where we will hold med camps.
We will also hold a med camp in a tent city, which hosts around 2000 families. Some are working in that place but according to our contact person and guide (a nurse by profession) there is a severe need of med assistance.

We saw how people were being taken for granted; there was no respect for human beings. We also passed by a healthcare facility only for the railway personnel where 3 families were taking shelter and found out that no meds were given to any other the victims from that public facility.

We saw some schools and healthcare facilites where we will set up the med camp. The people are in need. The most vulnerable are women, children, old and persons with disability.

So much opportunities for the Camillians to practice charity and bring God’s merciful love to these people who long for healing and salvation…

God bless and more power to serve Jesus Christ in our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
 

Bro. Mushtaq Anjum, MI
Ministers of the Infirm (CAMILLIANS)
Philippine Province
http://www.camilliansphil.org

Pakistan 15 – A Visit to Jati

Pakistan 8 – A Look Back – Meet Mushtaq

Pakistan 9 – The Franciscans – Meet Our Local Collaborators

Pakistan 10 – Sindh – One Place Where CTF-SOS DRS is Working

Pakistan 11 – Working with the Franciscans in Hyderabad

Pakistan 12 – The Pastoral Formation with the OFMs begins

Pakistan 13 – Mushtaq sends an Update

Pakistan 14 – Episcopal Conference Approves Project

Dear Confreres,

 A Visit to Jati, Sajawal
After several consultations, meetings and coordinations, finally on 29 Nov. 2010, Fr. Sabir Sadiq (local of Jati), Fr. David Mughal, OFM, Imran, Aqeel Emmanuel (OFM youth members and volunteers) and I started our journey at 6:30 AM. It was a long journey of around about 5 hours to reach there;
There we saw tents pitched here and there especially on the bank of River Indus.
Rehabilitation work continues. Water is still there in many places.
In Jati, we visited several communities (gott-villages). They are all Christians. We saw houses were broken; some totally destroyed; and others damaged. These people own their lands. Their crops were totally washed away. Nothing is seen; some fields you can see only some grass; others still submerged under water.
We had meeting with the people. We shared our purpose and listened to their stories and concerns. They lost everything. The little they salvaged and put on the roof tops, neighbouring people came and stole away. Nothing can be done. We inquired about their emergency and urgent  needs. All of them echoed: SHELTER. They were all happy that we went there.
So, we went ahead with our plan of doing measurements of their houses – one for each family. We were able to measure 17 houses.  It was getting dark and we had to stop our work. The rest we asked the local leaders to continue the following day.  All in all, there are 26 houses in Jati that we will support in providing shelter.
It is heartbreaking to see the whole family posing for a picture in their fields which they expected to earn much from. But now this nothing. It will take almost six more months that they can get the produce of their own land. They are helpless but not hopeless. They pick up the pieces and start rebuilding their lives.
In the families that we visited, they offered us tea, and cookies. They were very welcoming. They thank us Camillians and CTF in particular for remembering them in this difficult situation.
For the distribution, we cannot do in 1 day. We might take two or three days for the distribution because of the nature of their localities and long distances. These houses are scattered. They are located far from the main road and from each other. But with your prayers and grace of God, we will continue serving His people. We came back at around 11pm.
Let us continue praying for each other. God bless.
 
Bro. Mushtaq Anjum, MI
Ministers of the Infirm (CAMILLIANS)
Philippine Province
www.camilliansphil.org

20 million people were displaced by the floods in Pakistan. CTF-SOS DRS is providing many of them with medical care, shelter, pastoral care and humanitarian support. Please help us help those affected by the floods in  Pakistan

Pakistan Floods 14 – Italian Episcopal Conference Approves Project

On November 20, 2010 the Italian Episcopal Confernece approved the Pakistan Floord Relief Project submitted by CTF-SOS DRS through CTF Central.

The relief efforts until that point have been supported primarily by CTF Central, SOS DRS, the Philippine Province of the camillians and ProSA – an NGO of the Lombardo-Venetian Province of the Camillians located in Milan.

The Italian Episcopal Conference has supported CTF-SOS DRS projects in the Philippines (Typhoon Ketsana – Sept. 2009) and Haiti (Earthquake – January 2011). Manty thanks for their continued support.

20 million people were displaced by the floods in Pakistan. CTF-SOS DRS is providing many of them with medical care, shelter, pastoral care and humanitarian support. Please help us help those affected by the floods in  Pakistan

Pakistan 13 – Mushtaq Sends an Update

After speaking with Mushtaq while Marco Iazzolino and I were in Chile, he writes us an update on how things are going in Pakistan. Let us keep him and the people he is serving in our prayers. Dear Fr. Scott and Marco,

Greetings of peace and good health.
Thank you for your call. It was/is an encouragement for me to talk with both of you and greet to our Chile confreres. It is true that all hands are full. My prayers, good wishes and solidarity with all of you. I really appreciate your efforts to connect with me even though we are thousands of miles away.

Fr. Aris keeps constant communcation with me. I am indeed thankful for his guidance and support for me. I am learning so much from him.

As I said, I am in my home town now. I traveled 18 hours by train to reach Okara. I am hoping to get a train ticket tomorrow even if it might be very expensive because of the Muslim feast; it was really rush. No seat available in bus or train. Many times they sell in black. It was terrible but I am glad I came back and will be able to settle bank account concerns.

I am getting some info regarding winter package and shelter material and about the construction work (water purifcation plant) in Khushpur. I/we are hoping to strike a good deal for winter package that could reach even much more than 50 families. I am very optimistic about it.

Once again. Thank you so much. Let us continue praying for each other.

Fraternally yours with love and prayers in Christ, St. Camillus and Mother Mary

Mushtaq

Bro. Mushtaq Anjum, MI
Ministers of the Infirm (CAMILLIANS)
Philippine Province
www.camilliansphil.org

20 million people were displaced by the floods in Pakistan. CTF-SOS DRS is providing many of them with medical care, shelter, pastoral care and humanitarian support. Please help us help those affected by the floods in  Pakistan