Philanthropist creates harmony between religions by serving the poor

Bryan Everest Benedict is a Catholic philanthropist from Karachi who is working to create harmony between communities through service to the poor, without discrimination of creed, race or colour.

Jan 21, 2022

Salvation Army Church distributes food to labourers from all faiths. (AsiaNews photo)


KARACHI:
Bryan Everest Benedict is a Catholic philanthropist from Karachi who is working to create harmony between communities through service to the poor, without discrimination of creed, race or colour.

Bryan, who began bringing food to the poor, had already put himself at the service of the least through the JDC, a Muslim organisation, at the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency and had continued to do so during the holy month of Ramadan, opening spaces for meeting in hearts and promoting diversity in society.

Now he has organised a team of volunteers and donors comprising of not only Protestants and Catholics, but also his Muslim, Sikh and Hindu friends. They distribute food to the Salvation Army church in Saddar, a populated area in Karachi.

Every week between 300 and 400 people are fed, and in respecting the religious and cultural norms of the society, then men and women are kept separate during the food distribution.

Most of these people who are from remote villages, immigrated to Karachi to work for daily wages to be sent to their families. Muhammad Arif, who sleeps on the street because he has no home here, waits for the gates to open every Friday and Saturday. “This place is different from other centres where they distribute food,” he says, “because everyone is served with respect and with a smile”.

Bryan always asks his friends to bring food, water and utensils instead of money. He ensures that everything he receives is used responsibly as a gift from God. “We are just mediators of God’s blessing on these people,” he said. --Asia News

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