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Outreach to Poor Families in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Ministering in a poor neighborhood of Faisalabad is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.

Medical Mission Sisters in Faisalabad, Pakistan, have seen the city grow as people have migrated there from surrounding villages to find work. Five years ago, the parish priest asked them to serve in one of the most neglected areas of the parish, Wazirkhanwala.

Sister Iginia John explains, “It is one of the most depressed areas of the parish, where the majority are daily wage earners, laborers, cleaners, and employed in other low paying jobs.” Many of the women are domestic workers, often taking their young daughters with them to work in the homes of Muslim families.

Our Sisters surveyed the families in the neighborhood, who identified their needs as health care, skills training, and education for young people not going to school. Our team began a weekly health clinic, mostly for women and children, promoting antenatal care, immunization and child assessment. Home visits helped in encouraging good health habits among families, and in identifying problems.

Under the leadership of Sister Iginia John, a sewing center and literacy program were started. The sewing center provides women and girls the opportunity to help support their families. Some of the girls who completed the literacy course have been able to begin fifth grade in the regular schools.

Sister Iginia also does pastoral work, preparing children for the sacraments and helping families plan for liturgical feasts.

November 15, 2011