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Caritas starts home-building project
Construction materials provided for first batch of some 500 houses for flood victimsCaritas Pakistan staff at the foundation stone ceremony for construction of houses in a village of Sindh province
- ucanews.com reporter, Haji Jano Machi
- August 4, 2011
â€śThis is our Eid gift for you; we are pleased to share your grief. Educating your children will further help in upbringing your livesâ€ť said Shamas Shamaun, executive secretary of Caritas Pakistan Hyderabad, after laying the foundation stone earlier for construction of houses in Haji Jano Machi village in Sindh province.
The beneficiaries, most of them Muslims, presented ajraks (cultural shawls) to Caritas Pakistan workers at the ceremony.
Caritas Pakistan Hyderabad Â plans to underwrite construction of 500 shelters in the two districts worst hit by devastating floods last year.
â€śWe are only providing construction materials for semi-permanent houses; this will avert other issues relating land ownershipâ€ť, said Shamaun, adding that many are still living in damaged thatched sheds a year after the floods.
A cement base will protect the houses in the ongoing moonsoon season, said Shamaun.
Caritas Pakistan supported 48,000 families, including 2,950 belonging to minority communities, during the relief phase which concluded earlier this year.
Meanwhile villagers have slowly started sowing crops on the lands once covered in flood water. â€śSoil texture has changed after the disaster; the fertility has increased in some parts while land was destroyed in othersâ€ť, said Kaiser Heru, a Hindu village chief.