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Tuesday 22 November 2016
 
A TRUE EXPERIENCE OF FRATERNITY

Nest project, new developments…previously unimaginable

In Pakistan the activities of the Nest Centre continue apace, born 25 years ago in Karachi to meet the needs of the Bagri ethnic population: a strongly discriminated Hindu caste, who live in shacks on the edge of the city. Over the years the work of the Centre has focused on two essential aspects of social inclusion: education and assistance in obtaining identity documents.

In the school year 2015-2016 a total of 115 girls and boys have in many ways benefited from the centre’s services.

The Centre was set up alongside a Bagri camp but then, in 2014, in just one night the area in which they were allocated was completely cleared out; the community was forced to split into different areas of the city. A group of families has settled on a plot opposite the university, too far from the centre to be able to reach it daily. For the Bagri students the possibility of accessing education seemed extremely compromised. Instead precisely this new location has opened an unthought-of opportunity: some of the teaching students from the university have noticed the shacks and began to visit the families, with the idea of offering training to the kids, doing at the same time teaching practice in a difficult context. This activity started very informally, but has stabilized over time and today the students do after class activities every afternoon for a group of about 30 children in a small shack that students themselves have built. It is an important contribution considering that many of these kids have no other learning opportunities.

«It is above all a beautiful experience of fraternitysaid Maria J., director of the centre – which acquires special value because all the university students are Muslims and, in the local culture, relations between Hindus and Muslims are rare. Students meet weekly with the teachers of the Nest Centre to organise and coordinate activities. Thanks to them we have expanded our range and we can implement our project in more districts.»

Francesco Marini (AMU News n. 2/2016)

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