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Sewing center to aid drug users, poor

Special program aims to combat illiteracy and drug addiction with awareness programs

Ayyaz Gulzar, Karachi
Pakistan

July 5, 2011

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The oldest church in this southern archdiocese has started a sewing center to assist the drug addicted and poor as part of a year-long celebration of the church’s 150th anniversary. Father Inderias Rehmat announced the project last week during Mass to mark the beginning of the 150th year of the Sacred Heart Church in Karachi. “We shall combat illiteracy and drug addiction with awareness programs in the jubilee year. The sewing center will give hope to poor and depressed families,” he said. Forty women, including Hindus, have registered at St Aster Sewing Center, which is equipped with five machines. The center charges 100 rupees for daily two-hour classes. The parish is home to about 90 families, most of them sanitary workers. “Each of their families has one or two drug addicts. After the morning duty of sweeping the roads, the youths spend a lot of their time in bad company,” said Father Inderias.
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