Message from the Chairman

On behalf of the Ecumenical Association for Community Development and Research (EACDR), it is my pleasure to welcome and thank you for visiting our site.

Pakistan is wrecked by terrorism, conflicts, injustice, disasters and discrimination. The last couple of years has been filled with massive challenges for Pakistan and has left so much behind for us to learn and equip accordingly.

Access to quality education, health, water and sanitation are the basic needs and right of every individual. Communities mostly in rural areas lack access to needed resources. We are all aware of the impact that excessive student drop-out rates have on our communities including hopelessness, crime and abandonment.

Our mission is to provide opportunities and quality services for the poor and underprivileged within the slums of Pakistan and reaching out to the rural areas as well. Our services will focus on assessing individual strengths and needs, setting personal goals, and providing an environment that encourages growth and development.

This world gives us walls dividing peoples, security strategies, repressive laws and pre-emptive wars. We are also determined to eradicate interfaith tensions by developing grass roots interactions among all communities in the country. We believe that all Pakistanis, irrespective of faith, are citizens of equal value and that each life matters.

Paul wrote, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow”. I am grateful for the encouragement and prayers by many of you which has enabled us to initiate this venture, and I am hopeful that our best efforts and your generous support will make this program a success.

The website of EACDR is another step forward and I hope that this site will give you a chance to explore and learn about who we are, what we do, and our plans for the future.

Thanks and God bless,

+ Bishop Rafiq Masih
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The Rt. Rev. Rafiq Masih
Chairman
Ecumenical Association for Community Development and Research®