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Ref: COVID-19 PANDEMIC EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND CHRISTMAS HAMPERS IN PAKISTAN
The "Canadian Aid to Persecuted Christians Inc", (CAPC) is officially incorporated as a Canadian Charity given #795406479. For the donations, you make, and income tax-deductible receipt will be provided by Canadian Aid to Persecuted Christians. Find attached a CAPC brochure, which could be printed double-sided for your convenience.
Attached please find a video clip for appeal and CAPC brochure.
CAPC, Appeal to donate for COVID-19 Relief and Christmas Hampers Pakistan, to feed the poor and let them know it’s Christmas time. Our local dedicated team of volunteers from the community had visited door to door to find out the challenges these poor residents are facing and assess the need. As our fieldworker visited the homes, it was emotional to find many families without food. Mothers too worried over shortage/of food for their children. Initially, the lists of 300 deserving families from Christian slum areas are made to provide Christmas Hampers and warm clothes for their children.
Immediate Needs Assessed -
• Awareness-raising at a mass scale
• COVID-19 kits (hand sanitizers, masks, soaps, Dettol, wipes)
• Medicine Supply
• Warm clothes and shoes for small children (Jacket, socks, cap and shoes)
• Christmas Food ration support to families living in extreme poverty Pictorial view of few families during a visit
COVID-19 Background in Pakistan, The deadly and highly contagious virus rapidly spread in China, Italy and Iran and have claimed thousands of lives so far. On 25th February 2020, 6810 Pakistani pilgrims arriving from Iran carried it home. Unfortunately, the lack of preparedness and the seriousness of the people to deal with it multiplied the infected cases within no time. In May, the government eased virus restrictions and reopened businesses which had been closed since March, and most people did not follow the health guidelines. Large gatherings — both religious and political — resumed in July, with most people believing the pandemic was over. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Acute economic disruption carried huge risks for the poor households whose livelihoods are already jeopardized. Most of the families couldn’t even afford to follow the basic SOPs of social distancing, sanitizing, mask-wearing and nutritious food to strengthen their immune system. With very little or no sustenance at all, many families went hungry with no food or medical assistance if needed.
Unfortunately, denials of ration to the religious minorities in different areas were also reported. http://asianews.it/news-en/Coronavirus:-Karachi-NGO-denies-food-to-poor-Hindus-and-Christians-49699.html
Need Assessment Pakistan faces a sharply rising second wave of COVID-19 infections, as the nation's daily tally of new cases, has this week topped 2,500 for the first time in four months. The health professionals are demanding stringent lockdown to contain the virus spread before it overwhelms us. However, strict lockdown in a country where about one-quarter of its population earns only 300 rupees (roughly $2.50) per day is challenging. Therefore, although precautionary yet disastrous for millions, hit hard the poor daily wagers. Most of the Christians are poor, living in slums. The daily wagers, domestic workers and poor families are striving hard for livelihood to get back to pre-COVID-19 normal life. The pandemic has increased unemployment by 5.1 percent and peaked inflation rate by 10.25 percent. The food prices have soared dramatically during this year, fuelling concerns over the rapidly rising cost of living. So the poor are getting poorer. With Christmas around the corner and winter in non-heated houses, making ends meet is a big challenge for already poor, pushed into poorer.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION FIRST PHASE Last February, CAPC, the board had provided food relief to the marginalized and downtrodden Christian in two communities in Pakistan. Here is a new link from our previous food aid distribution. https://news.rcdos.ca/2020/04/29/pakistan-covid-19-quarantine-inequalities-and-resilience/
TESTIMONIAL: distribution of the food aid doubled our joy; the low-income families got food for optimal survival in a critical time and it made their Easter joyous. They didn’t sleep hungry on this special feast. The beneficiary families were overjoyed and grateful to receive the ration. One mother was into tears of joy for having food to offer to her children on Easter.
Second Wave of COVID 19 in Pakistan: After more than 70 days of the national COVID-19 positivity ratio, Pakistan reported over 1,000 coronavirus cases on 30th October for the first time since July. Pakistan is facing a second coronavirus wave, with authorities urging the public to follow health guidelines. But both the government and people are still not taking the pandemic seriously. Health experts say the country is in the grip of a second coronavirus wave, which could prove to be more lethal than the first wave. Smart lockdowns are being practiced in virus hotspots. Just after one month of schools resumed, the government is considering closing schools and universities calling for early winter vacations. Health experts believe the government needs to impose a fresh lockdown to deal with the second coronavirus wave in the country. So far, PM Khan has ruled out the lockdown possibility.
Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of the Holy Father Pope Francis –
On Fraternity And Social Friendship
Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti Oct. 3, 2020, during a visit to Assisi, when the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the tomb of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi. “Fratelli tutti,” the encyclical’s opening words, means “All brothers” in Italian. The phrase is taken from the writings of St. Francis, one of the major inspirations for Pope Francis’ third encyclical, on fraternity and social friendship. The full text of the encyclical was released on Oct. 4, 2020 the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Below are links to the full text of the encyclical letter and some useful links and resources:
Complete Letter - Fratelli Tutti - On Fraternity and Social Friendship
An overview of the Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti
Quick key guide to the Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti
Questions and Answers to the Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti
Video on theEncyclical Letter
Of the Holy Father Francis
On Fraternity and social Friendship
What is it ?
Chapter 1 Summary:
Dark Clouds over a Closed World
Chapter 3 Summary:
Envisaging and Engendering an Open World
Chapter 5 Summary:
A Better Kind of Politics
Chapter 7 Summary:
Paths of Renewed Encounter
Chapter 2 Summary:
A Stranger on the Road
Chapter 4 Summary:
A Heart Open to the Whole World
Chapter 6 Summary:
Dialogue and Friendship in Society
Chapter 8 Summary:
Religions at the Service of the Fraternity in our World
Short videos responding to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
A series of short locally-prepared videos about “Finding the Gifts in a World of Choices” have been produced in Saskatchewan under the direction of a Saskatchewan bishops’ advisory committee, thanks to financial support from the Saskatchewan K of C Charitable Foundation. Two new videos – one focused on L’Arche and one on Suicide Prevention – have been added to the first two short videos released earlier on Palliative Care and on Care for the Elderly. All four can be found online at: www.findingthegifts.ca . Please watch and share! Please click to view: