In May 2014 the Sector of Pakistan entered into a new venture, a new pathway, something different. We are together in Mission with the Salesian Fathers of Don Bosco in Quetta. Quetta is in Baluchistan Province – the area bordering Afghanistan.
Our mission is to be the Bridges of solidarity, tolerance and respect among peoples of different faith - Muslims, Hindus, Afghans and Christians. Also we work for the formation of human and spiritual growth for the girls and boys who are of a country where the illiteracy rate is 70%.
Hence the Don Bosco Learning Center is for all those who are called minority, especially the Hasara Community, Hindus, Afghan refugees and Christians. The Don Bosco Skill Center is for girls and women who are of low income groups so that they will be educated to brighten their future. There is a Hostel for Boys.
Blessed Laura Vicuna Girls Home is for young Christian girls who are under privileged, orphaned and destitute, from remote areas of Baluchistan , abused and neglected - and also those crying out for prevention, protection and transition. All of them attend classes in Don Bosco Learning Centre.
Don Bosco Youth Centre is for Christian girls and boys of classes 6-10. It seeks to educate for life in the cultural and social environment of the young person. Convinced that education and human and religious values go together, it educates through transmission of values, and transmits values by educating. Through its ministry, it aims to help youth build and find their place in a community based on truth, fraternity, peace, justice and responsibility. The goal is to play and pray through the Don Bosco preventive method and Oratorio to help the youth …..to be of BBB.
Be in His Presence; Become Yourself ; Bear the mystery in Reality.
It is our experience that we have a big scope to live our Good Shepherd motto “A person is worth more than the whole world”. Living with the young we too are been challenged to dream anew as St Mary Euphrasia tells us “….to look to the horizon and even beyond” so as to accompany them on a journey unknown…..and to risk together for mission. This is especially relevant in a Muslim culture.
As Sister Ellen Kelly’s closing remarks at the Congregational Chapter remind us, “I firmly believe that the quality of our relationships with God and each other and the poor and marginalized will determine our future – individually and as a Congregation. This is not an easy challenge.”
Please pray for us that we will awake the world with the Peace and the Joy of Our Shepherd God!
Submitted by Sisters Paul and Stella