Community Advance Programme (CAP)
Last Updated: June 2006
It's a little known fact that reputedly, the biggest Christian colony in Asia sits on the outskirts of Lahore in Pakistan. It's an even lesser known fact that a band of individuals is working night and day to make life in the slum better for all.
In 1999 the Community Advance Program, (CAP) was set up to cease the trend of bonded labour for the children of Youhannabad, a predominantly Christian slum 20kms from Lahore . Slum life is often the pulse of a city but the residents here often suffer intense inequality, low job opportunities and above all rampant illiteracy.
After seven short years CAP has now established two schools catering to over 270 students in the heart of Youhannabad. Although with a Christian slant, the organisation has thrown it's doors open to everyone and this year alone had to turn away over 500 street children due to a shortage of space.
The scope for expansion in Youhannabad is incredible. CAP already offers a tiny community college for girls, as well as Health Programmes, a Sewing Training Centre and Computer literacy courses. Their greatest asset is the community they are striving for and in turn the community responds.
When one of the instructors at CAP's Tabitha Sewing centre recently left to marry and start her own centre, an ex-trainee quickly offered to fill her place. Every trainee that graduates from the centre receives a new sewing machine to begin a new life and for many women this is a rare opportunity.
What I admire about CAP is their continual faith in the community. They're only a small organisation with a tight budget, but what little they are putting in now will reap dividends ten times over in the future. Their work certainly deserves more attention and I'd like you to consider the following.
CAP had to recently turn away over 500 street children this year for the new school term. They currently face shortages for basics such as classroom furniture and later this year plan a new Ambulance service and resource centre for the Community. Donations are always needed and if you'd like to help, please contact:
Professor Kaleem Dean,
Street No. 04, D-Block, YouhannaAbad,
Tel/Fax: +92 42 527 5896
Mobile : + 92 0300 9433810.
Email : email@example.com or Communityadvanceprogramme2000@yahoo.com