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.

 
Social Services


The Christian community of Pakistan, with Goan prominence, has been at the service of the country even before it became independent, and played host to the refuges from India, whether it was in the Punjab or in Sindh.

The most significant camps opened by a Goan were by Dr Hermann Drago in the city of Mirpurkhas in interior Sindh. They helped both Hindus who were leaving for India and Muslims who were arriving from India. When Dr. Drago passed away some years ago, the Commissioner declared a holiday in the Division.

Christians also helped in different low lying areas, bastis, slums and opened dispensaries; Catholic doctors like Dr Bella Lobo, Dr Orphin D'Sa and Dr Monica Smith gave time to treat the poor.

Betty Menezes received a scholarship to study sociology and social work at Fordham University in New York and was there from 1957-1959. She chose to return to Pakistan to serve the community. She worked for UNICEF and devoted much time to social services within the Catholic community. She was also active on the board of Lemmens Welfare Society.

The St. Lawrence's Social Welfare Society, formerly the Poor Aid Society, was established in the early 1960s. To this date, members continue to work with the same dedication and zeal as when it was started. The society runs a Dispensary (probably the only one in the archdiocese) in the parish compound, which is open every Thursday for an hour or so and ably assisted by Drs. Philippa Janjua-Drago and Mary Braganza. The society also helps at the Dug-Out, the Janiville and Mother Theresa's Home; and gives cash-rewards to Catholic Students in parish schools.

In 1969 the Archbishop of Karachi (later Cardinal) Joseph Cordeiro decided to form Catholic Social Services (CSS), becoming its first Chairman and chose Cyril Mendes to be the Honorary Secretary. All Catholic groups doing Social work like Marie Adelaide Centre, Lemmens Welfare Society, all came under the umbrella of CSS and thus got a forum to share their experiences and resources. Later Cyril was elected the Chairman of CSS. He continued to be Chairman for more than a decade from 1969 to 1979.

CSS successfully solicited donations from and worked with organizations such as Caritas Germany to send aid to Pakistan and was involved in everything from opening medical clinics for vaccinations for the poor in Lalukhet, Nazimabad and rebuilding of homes damaged by Indian Air force bombing in Keamari after the war. CSS was the most vibrant organization at that time.
 

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