An organisation by young people set up with the support of Caritas serves other young people of all religions. “Here I learnt not only English, but also many values," said one student. Archbishop Travas wants to open a university and colleges.
Karachi (AsiaNews) – The Divine Hope Foundation delivered its first certificates to 53 students in Karachi last Friday.
The programme, which was put in place thanks to cooperation between the Foundation and Caritas Pakistan, included courses in English, stitching, embroidery and computer science.
“Here I learnt not only English, but also many values," said Aqsa, a Muslim student, speaking to AsiaNews. "This Christian organisation is trying to bring diversity into the life of students from different religions,” she added.
The main guest at the ceremony, Archbishop Benny Mario Travas of Karachi, handed out the certificates to the recipients.
Other guests included Fr Benjamin Shahzad, pastor at St Paul’s parish; Mansha Noor, Caritas Pakistan Karachi executive secretary; and Kashif Anthony, local coordinator for the National Commission for Justice and Peace.
Archbishop Travas congratulated the students, encouraging them to go forward and do good.
In his address, he also singled out Dr Daniel, a young doctor who founded the Divine Hope Foundation, and his entire team.
Dr Daniel said that he hoped to “contribute some positive change through education and training young people.”
For Dr Maria Fletcher, a post-doc researcher at the Agha Khan Hospital and the Foundation’s co-founder, “Our motive is not only to teach them but also to know their challenges and prepare them for their future life.”
This was the first time that the archbishop met this youth-oriented organisation. He would like to see students apply for public sector jobs “to serve Pakistan, their beloved country".
To this end, he is working on “three main objectives for the community.” The first one is opening a university and colleges for youth, the second is to prepare students for the federal exam, and the last is to provide scholarships with the help of the parish priests.