This month should have seen the arrival of the performers from Pakistan taking part in the ‘Open Every Door’ Project production of Joseph. However it seems to be wrongly titled, perhaps the original Joseph production got the title right first time around – ‘Close every Door’ As that is what the UK Gov. have done to the young people from Pakistan. They have had their application to enter the country denied, despite the formal invitation and program of productions involving Bishops, Schools, performances at Cathedrals and many Churches and in conjunction with other charities. It seems that a Catholic Worker Priest and 14 Pakistani School children are too much of a threat to our country. We are all to ready to throw money, but not so ready to welcome them to our homes. Shame on you immigration!!
I’ve undertaken the ‘small task’ of looking after the website of a local charity, the Umeed Partnership. I have had links with some of those involved from days in Bangor. As well as the website, Umeed now has a Facebook page. Umeed provides opportunities for disadvantaged women and children in Pakistan. You can help by spreading the word and becoming a fan on Facebook or keeping up with the news on the website.