ALMAS aid reaches Pakistan

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AID from Newbridge and beyond has reached Pakistan this week thanks to local charity ALMAS.

AID from Newbridge and beyond has reached Pakistan this week thanks to local charity ALMAS.

ALMAS is a charity for children suffering from Aids and poverty worldwide and was set up by former Allen-based priest Fr Brian Kavanagh in 2003.

Fr Brian who is currently over in Pakistan has spent time with the street children of Kalkata.

“All is going well here,” said Fr Brian from Pakistan.

“Life and circumstances change slowly when you’re reaching out to the poor. I was out to visit some of the children’s families who are living on the streets this morning. It is an amazing opportunity and experience for the children to be living here with the sisters and attending school.

“There are twenty eight children here in the home. I visited the clinic yesterday and met one of the volunteer doctors. What joy it gives to me and all the friends of ALMAS to think of the medical care for the families in the slums.

“Just before the clinic closed a mother arrived with two children - one suffering from a cold and “worms” in the tummy. She received her medication and went off happy.”

Fr Brian has also spent time with Fr Waseem Walter who works with orphaned children in Pakistan with the support of Almas for the past four years.

“I am in Pakistan now with Fr Waseem in a very poor parish that he has been assigned to only three weeks ago,” he added. “The children from the Christian families have a very difficult life and he is here now as a person of hope.”