News: Lessons of Hope in Pakistan
A group of brave and dedicated priests in Pakistan have described their struggle to provide education in a poverty-stricken region grappling with an influx of refugees from Afghanistan.
Italian missionary Fr. Peter Zago told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, how the Salesian Fathers have developed schooling for some of the very poorest people in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, in south-west Pakistan. The Salesians’ educational mission includes working with children from Afghan refugee camps near Quetta who are excluded from Pakistani schools because of their poverty and immigrant status.
Working in a province where about 70 percent are illiterate, the Salesians set up the Don Bosco Learning Center in the area of Issa Nagri meaning Jesus of Nazareth in Urdu. The school provides basic education for young people Christians and Muslims alike who cannot study in other private schools because the fees are too expensive.