Bishop urges Christian business persons to build houses for poor

Bishop urges Christian business persons to build houses for poor

He also wants the business people to use their old vehicles as school buses.

Posted on February 22, 2012, 8:19 AM

 

New Delhi:Bishop Peter Machado of Belgaum has urged Christian business persons to set up a housing colony for the poor as part of their corporate social responsibility.

“I am looking forward to someone to help me in a housing colony for the poor in Belgaum,” the prelate said in a letter to business persons in Maharashtra state.

Private space in Belgaum has shrunk as the city has been expanding rapidly over the years. This has forced many Catholics to live sandwiched between shanties and rented places. “On the outskirts lands are still available with accessible routes to the city where I could plan out a colony for the poor,” Bishop Machado said.

He also wants the business people to use their old vehicles as school buses. The diocese on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border has set up several schools since the prelate is “a firm believer” that only “good education” can bring development.

“But transport and eventual accessibility of these schools to the villagers and rural folks is difficult,” the prelate said. He wants Christian firms to donate their old buses to the diocese that cannot afford to buy new ones.

The prelate also wants the business people to build a residential enclave for Non Resident Indians in Belguam, which he claims, has “salubrious climate and evergreen environment.”

“The lands are still affordable and being on the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka, you can still have best of both states,” the prelate said.

Source: persecutedchurch.info

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