Indian Jesuits seek support to help rebuild schools in Afghanistan
Published: January 20, 2010
NEW DELHI (CNS) -- Indian Jesuits working to rebuild the educational system in Afghanistan are asking for the support of the global church for their mission, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News. "We are making a tremendous difference in the lives of Afghan people. We would like the entire church to be part of this mission," said Jesuit Father Stan Fernandes. The Society of Jesus is the only Catholic male religious congregation working in Afghanistan and faces the constant threat of violence, UCA News reported. Jesuits teach in three universities based in Kabul, Bamiyan and Herat at the invitation of the Afghan government and also have a teacher training program. "We are primarily teaching English in the universities," Father Fernandes said during a visit to the South Asia Jesuit headquarters in New Delhi Jan. 20. In the past four years, the Jesuits also have taught biology, computer technology and management, he said. "We are there. But our support has to come from outside," the priest said. "Life is every expensive in the cities," Father Fernandes said, describing rent as "sky-high."
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