Pakistan: The Christian community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa needs a partner

Editor’s Note: This article is contributed by Rab Nawaz, Development and Relief Sector Secretary, Diocese of Peshawar, Church of Pakistan. He shares the vulnerability of the local Christian community that the majority of Christians who have access to limited resources there need more employment and educational opportunities to survive. The church asks for partnerships to share their suffering.

The Christian community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan is very vulnerable and marginalized. Majority of them are engaged in janitorial work because without it they cannot afford to cover their basic needs i.e. only food and clothes. They also face drinking water problems that cause waterborne diseases. Adults, women and especially children are affected by these waterborne diseases. The majority of Christians live in rented houses and to make ends meet they need part-time jobs. Their children are left alone at home, so they indulge in immoral practices and drug culture, etc. Men and women within the Christian community face discriminatory treatment in governmental and semi-governmental institutions when applying for admission to the aforementioned courses. Although a fixed quota for minorities exists on paper, it is virtually non-existent. Therefore, the development and relief sector has decided to take on this responsibility for the upliftment of its community.

In the current scenario, the current situation regarding job search in the government as well as in the private sector is in dire straits. In addition, due to daily increases in the price of fuel and goods. The marginalized Christian community is struggling to survive, so employed people need part-time jobs, and those who are unemployed need to have their own businesses. In particular, educated men are depressed when they cannot find employment or when they are unable to continue their education due to lack of resources and face discrimination in the minority quota. This often leads to drugs and other immoral practices.

The church, with its limited resources, not only provides for their spiritual needs, but also helps them by providing free education and free health care. But because of inflation, they can’t afford to buy books or buy uniforms.

KPK’s Christian community needs projects to serve and uplift the community around it, and we look forward to bringing partners on board who can help us achieve this.

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Pakistan: The Christian community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa needs a partner

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