Lahore Pandemic Appeal
06 July 2020 IN: Schools
Here in Manchester, we have been keeping a keen eye on what is going on in our link Diocese of Lahore in Pakistan. We have many friends there and have been particularly concerned for their welfare in this time of coronavirus.
Covid-19 is now increasingly affecting Pakistan after a relatively slow start. It is affecting the poorest in society the most, those who live on a day to day basis, those without reserves to fall back on, living day by day.
In Pakistan the hospitals are full with coronavirus patients, and many low-skilled workers are now unemployed. Lockdown, as we know, is very difficult when you need to work to put food on the table.
The headteachers of our linked Church Schools tell us that the schools are closed, with teachers sending work out to the children in a similar way to here in the UK. Education is not free in Pakistan with schools reliant on the fees paid by parents. Some schools are still receiving fees from parents, even in lockdown, whereas in poorer, more rural areas, the payment of fees for schooling have reduced significantly. Without the payment of fees, the reality is that teachers won't be paid.
The Church in Pakistan is focusing its efforts on providing food parcels to those in need, and we are appealing for our church communities in Manchester to support this work.
As a Church School community throughout Manchester Diocese, we believe that our attention could be to support the church schools in the Diocese of Lahore.
We know that these times have been difficult for many, but if you do feel that you are able to support either appeal, then it would be really appreciated, making a difference to friends and colleagues in the poorest areas of Lahore Diocese.
Our prayers continue to be with the people of Lahore and its surrounding areas, with Bishop Irfan and those in the Church of Pakistan trying to provide food to those in need, for the church schools in Lahore Diocese and the vital work that they continue to do with their young people.
The Manchester-Lahore Diocesan Link has successfully promoted friendship and mutual school support for several years. All education in Pakistan is fee paying and schools are now struggling with coronavirus causing rising unemployment and food poverty. Our sister Church Schools in Lahore Diocese educate pupils from both Muslim and Christian homes.
We understand that things are very tight for many at the moment. If you are in a position to raise funds or donate, your generosity would be gratefully received and make a real difference.