Schools in city slums
Starfish Asia aims to support schools for Pakistan’s Christians. Many Christians in Pakistan live in family communities. They work as labourers, domestic cleaners, street sweepers and sanitary workers. Wages are low, many are illiterate and access to Government schools is difficult or impossible.
Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city –a dusty sprawl spread over hundreds of square miles beside the Arabian Sea. It is home to about 16.5million people. An urban nightmare, it has been called “the world’s most violent city” by TIME Magazine.
In the north of the city is New Mianwali Colony, a community of poor Christians. The dusty alleys are the playground for hundreds of children. Here, the Holy Shepherd Grammar School was opened by a Pakistani couple with a concern for this needy community. Starfish Asia began supporting this school in 2004 when its founding donors dropped out. It had 200 students and the building was in urgent need of repair. In partnership with the school leader, Starfish Asia has enabled the school to grow and new hope has been injected into the community. A new school building was completed in 2022 and it will help to increase the number of students further from the current number of 650 to nearer 1000.This is just one of the many schools Starfish Asia has helped to develop and grow in similar slum settings in different cities across Pakistan.