This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.

 
Land Development & Town Planning


The first batch of Goans came and lived in the Garri-Khatta and Camp Areas (Saddar). They lived in houses, quarters and small rooms in an area that was getting 'congested' with a few thousand people. By 1926, a group of well-off Goans decided that it was time to 'move-out' to the outskirts of the city and a handful of enterprising and adventure-seeking Goans moved to what was referred then as the piggery. These included, A.N. Menezes, P.D. Faria, J.P. Remedios, Philip Pinto (father of Rev. Fr. Ignatius Pinto), Melito Menezes, Pedro D'Souza (grandfather of Monsignor Terence F. D'Souza of Toronto, Canada) and Cinncinatus D'Abreo, who headed the group.

The Garden East in Karachi today was the old 'Cincinnatus Town' (named after the outstanding Goan leader Cincinnatus D'Abreo, and noted as the city's first well-planned town) but unfortunately not registered at the municipality. The roads and streets of this amazingly green locality with stately mansions, airy verandahs and sprawling gardens are still known by the names of Goans who built it e.g. Britto Road, D'Cruz Road, Pedro D'Souza Road, D'Abreo Street, Nazareth Road, Sequeira Road, Lobo Road and Edward Street. We also have a Fr. Gimenez Road in the Catholic Colony area. GRE today is a concrete jungle of apartment blocks. For example, C.M. Lobo's house was built on such a large plot of land (the signage still stands on the pillars of the main gate) that it houses 250 apartments today!

In the beginning of the 20th century, as Karachi blossomed into a scenic littoral region and its demographics began to change bit by bit, residential areas were developed in those parts of the city where there was room for constructing new houses. As a result, some very well planned colonies came into being. One of them was Cincinnatus Town. Cincinnatus Town was named after Cincinnatus Fabian D'Abreo, a kind-hearted gentleman who signifcantly contributed both to the well-being of his community and to beautifying Karachi landscape. The locality later came to be known as Garden East and Garden West....The Garden vicinity, before partition of the subcontinent, used to be clean-as-a-whistle part of the city. (Dawn: Metropolitan, Page 21, March 31, 2013)

The Catholic Colony # 1 which is off Britto Road (St. Lawrence's Parish) having its own community hall and playground; and the Catholic Colony # 2 in the PECHS area also boasted of palatial homes, typically Goan/Portuguese in design, with gardens, fruit trees etc. The Christ the King Church (formerly St. Philomena's Chapel) became its parish church. Most catholic families in the two Colonies have immigrated, leaving/giving their houses to 'Special Homes for the Children and Aged', and to various Religious Orders. Some houses in CC-1 on the main road (facing Jinnah's mausoleum) have been converted into CNG gas stations, while a few have been 'sold' against colony rules. The community hall today is a mere 'Shadi Hall' and the ground, a parking lot during the annual Muharram rituals. In CC-2, many houses were sold to estate developers who have built apartment blocks.

The Hussain D'Silva Town (houses) in North Nazimabad which once comprised of approximately 90 Catholic families (only a couple survive now, Rudy Rodrigues his family being one of the pioneers) was built in the late 1950s, and in Garden West (the Zoo area) were the other prominent residential developments, mostly apartments, that were initiated by Jerome D'Silva and his partner.

Two of most prominent and multi-flats residential complexes built by the Misquitas in 1950s were the Federal Christian Co-Operative Housing Society (FCCHS) on Napier Street, Saddar to cater for residents of St. Patrick's parish and the Misquita Block on Randal Road to cater for the residents of the newly-built Our Lady of Fatima Church/ parish. To date, both these complexes are a very good example of Christian families living together in harmony and helping each other in time of need.

Fr Michael D'Cruz who must be credited for his vision in foreseeing the future housing needs of the community, ambitiously embarked upon building apartment blocks on prized-lands in the Civil Lines area, like the Anthonian Apartments, Anthonian Blessings and Blessed Homes complexes, respectively. The initiative served a cause and the community got apartments (and they should be grateful today) at reasonable rates on ownership basis in small installments.
 

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