Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish is located in a rural city called Badin. It is about 3hrs drive from Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi. There are about 400plus families in the parish, majority of which are Parkrikoli tribal people, Sindhi Bheels and Punjabis. Most of our people here are farmers and daily wage workers who come from poor families, who depend on their earnings for the day to provide for their families. Due to the heavy rain and flooding, most of the crops have been destroyed meaning majority of the people won’t have easy excess to food and work for the coming months. They will totally depend on the generosity and love of others who can provide for them.
In terms of infrastructure damage, thank God many of our peoples’ homes are ok compared to many other places in Sindh. Two villages in the parish were badly affected where people lost houses and the village surrounded by water. The rest of the villages, you have partially damaged houses and crops.
Around 7 homes are completely destroyed by the rain and around 55 houses partially damaged. Surely people will need proper shelter for the long run and food assistance while they try to rebuild their lives. It might be good to look at ways of improving the building of houses to combat the changing climate.
We have provided around 60 food packages for families who are in real need and are still giving out more. We are thankful to Sr Elizabeth Chohan FC and Saint Joseph convent School in Karachi for donating 50 food packages, clothes, shoes, water and medicine. We have other food packages and donations lined up for the coming weeks thanks to our local donors.
We are grateful to Columban benefactors for their generous support to us in the mission which enable us to carry out the work we are doing at this time of need. The people affected are very appreciative of your kindness and love.