OMP Sewing Center History
Sexual violence, abduction, and forced marriages to muslim men are tremendous problems in Pakistan today, especially for Christian women. Women who stay home while their fathers and brothers go to work often fall victim to these heinous crimes. As a response, OMP opened its first sewing center in 2014 with the assistance of OCMC. Located in Hafizabad, the sewing center was initially formed to teach women to sew, and provide a safe place to stay during the day while the men in their family were away at work. This protects women of any religious background from sexual violence, as well as young Christian girls from being abducted and forced to marry Muslim men. The Sewing Center still functions in this capacity, but has also begun sheltering at risk women, and homeless children. Fr. John and Pb. Rosy Tanveer regularly go to court so they might help free young girls who have been abducted, and the courts trust their testimony. The Pakistani courts release the girls into the Tanveer family's custody, and they must find the girls' parents. These girls need a place to stay until their parents can be found, so they also take refuge in the Sewing Center. We are very excited to open a new sewing center, and with your support we can serve more at risk women.