The port city of Karachi located at the Arabian Sea is the financial centre of Pakistan. With an estimated population of 22 million people it is the biggest Muslim city in the world. As one of the most rapidly growing cities in the world, Karachi faces challenges that are central to many developing metropolises, including traffic congestion, pollution, poverty and street crime.
The children are the most vulnerable. For this reason, a charity for children was set up with the help of the Christusträger-Waisendienstes e.V. (CTW)
In the beginning of the 1960ies the first brothers and sisters of CT came to Karachi. At that time the estimated number of inhabitants was 3 million.
In 1969 Christustraeger-Waisendienst (CTW), a newly founded CTS branch for educational/social support of destitute children through sponsorships began to help Pakistani orphaned children by giving them shelter and education. A registered society was founded in Pakistan to fulfill the legal requirements to run this project. For more than 40 years Educational Institute Charity was run first by Sisters and volunteers of CTW and later on by CTS sisters.
In 1996 two sisters of CTS took over the project.
Sr. Dietlinde had worked as nurse at Rawalpindi Leprosy Hospital for 11 years and brought with her plenty of experience of living in the country.
Sr. Dagmar, a teacher, came in 1995. She first learnt the national language Urdu and then joined the ministry.
There were always German Volunteers joining the team. Since 2017 Ms Sabine M., a social worker by profession, is now in charge of “House Tabitha”, one of the three hostels.
Currently 103 children live in three hostels, one is for boys, and two are for girls. Many children are full or semi-orphans, some come from broken homes. Their age is between 4 and 24 years. They all come from a very poor, destitute Christian background. Their relatives, e.g. widows/widowers, uncles, aunts, grandparents etc. would never be in the position to send these children to school. They would be deprived of school-education and a chance for a better future in their life.
The children in our hostels live in a family-like set-up: an older child is responsible for his/her “younger partner”. The hostel-children go to Government (only a few) or private schools. Older ones join college or university after Matric (10th class) or go for a teacher training, attend nursing school or other vocational training courses. Our concept is to support children until they have a solid education according to their ability. Many “former children” are married in the mean time and have their own family. Some of them have become our most faithful and reliable staff members.
Besides caring for children in the hostels, we help approximately 30 widows/widowers and their children (70 children). They live in other areas of Karachi and come once a month to get the school-fees and family support for their children. The support of beneficiaries includes medical care of different kind. Some children who live in other educational institutions receive financial support from us so that they can pay the monthly-required fees for hostel and school. This “sub-project” is called “Family and School-Help” and is also financed by individual or group sponsorships from CTW.
Our goal is to enable children to become responsible, mature and committed Pakistani Citizens and get a better chance in life through education. We want them to experience loving care and reliability in our hostels, so that they realize God’s Love and Mercy and the inexpressible value, their lives have in His sight.
Since 2017 Ms Sabine M., a social worker by profession, is now in charge of “House Tabitha”, one of the three hostels.