Our vision is to create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.
Hope in a small Christian community within Bahawalpur, in the Punjab comes in the form of two new born babies, twin sisters who have yet to be named by
their mother. Humaira (22 yrs) is waiting for a date for the children to be dedicated in their local church by which time two appropriate names
will have been chosen after some prayerful reflection.
The births took place on 17th September 2017 at Bahawulpur Hospital, only 3 months after the father of the two children was killed in a tragic accident when he went to clean a sewer at Sadiq Public School.
In total 3 men passed away including the father of these twins, in the filth and scum of a Pakistani sewer where they worked as professionally as possible despite a lack of training, safety equipment or processes. The incident took place on 3rd July 2017 and has barely been mentioned in any media because no-one cares about these insignificant lives - only their families. Read more about the preventable deaths (click here)
Christian sewage workers maintain their dignity through committing themselves to hard work and taking a sense of pride in their essential service, in spite of their low pay and untouchable status. However inevitably each employee knows that any day at work could be their last. While the men work their wives pray for their safe return home, hoping God will bless their family and one day bring an escape from the hardships they face.
Even though an early death by those working in this field is expected, the death of Danish Masih (20 yrs) came as a complete shock to Humaira who found herself 5 and a half months pregnant and without anyone to support her. Humaira had only been married for a year but had doted on her husband, a man who she thought she would build a new life with. The young couple had planned to ensure their children were well educated and would have a chance at forging a real career and good future for themselves. They had seen a cousin's child progress well through school with chances for decent employment and they wanted the same for their offspring.
Danish beamed when he discovered his wife was pregnant and had shared Indian sweets with all his friends and close neighbours. Humaira told us that knowledge of his expected child gave him a new reason to live, he had a huge spring in his step from and revelled in his anticipation.
Danish, slaved away at his work and built up a good reputation as an attentive employee who would go the extra mile to ensure a task was completed to a high standard. He was not paid anymore than others, but had the respect of his employers and colleagues - all he wanted was to be able to ensure food was on his table and a roof over the heads of his family members. Unfortunately for him this meant that when hard tasks had to be done and especially when they had to be done quickly, employers knew they could count on him - even though they did not reciprocate the commitment shown by undertaking an environmental safety check or providing any safety gear or training.
So as you can imagine, when Danish was killed in a utterly preventable accident Humaira just broke down and wept - moments later the anger inside welled up as she thought of the shady employers who had caused the death of her husband through lack of investment. So much so that Humaira and the others wives and friends of the dead sewage workers started a campaign to bring change to the situation faced by disenfranchised Christian sewage workers (click here)