Church rebuilds houses for storm victims

Church rebuilds houses for storm victims
A tribal Catholic Paharia family poses for a photo in front of their new brick house
Hundreds of poor tribal Catholics in the northwest whose dilapidated huts were devastated by seasonal storms now have a safer life in neat brick houses thanks to a Church housing project. Italian missioner Father Paolo Ciceri from Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions came to their aid. Father Ciceri, 69, parish priest of Good Shepherd Cathedral in Rajshahi, some 10km from the villages, said: “These people can’t afford a square meal every day because they don’t have work daily. They lived in huts which were destroyed in the storms.” “We want them to sleep peacefully in brick houses and find a job to run the family as well,” he said. With support from Caritas Rajshahi, he built 73 houses for the poor. Each house costs about 120,000 taka (US$ 1,714). Related reports Livelihood program helps villagers gain financial independence Church builds houses for poor, homeless Catholics BA14230
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