ASIA / TAJIKISTAN – Integration of people with reduced mobility and environmental sustainability: the work of human promotion of the Church

ASIA / TAJIKISTAN – Integration of people with reduced mobility and environmental sustainability: the work of human promotion of the Church

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Dushanbe (Agenzia Fides) – Social integration of people with reduced mobility and environmental sustainability. On these two fronts, the commitment of the Church of Tajikistan continues in favor of the least: as we learn from a note sent to Agenzia Fides by the local Church, an important contribution is made by local Catholics in a project to facilitate access to interests -free micro-credits for people with physical disabilities. “With the help of Caritas, the note reads, we have supported this initiative since 2016 because, in this country, having access to loans and banking services is a big problem for people with disabilities. The banks’ concern is the risk of not – reimbursement by this category of customers “.
During the annual meeting between the associations participating in the project, the good results obtained in financing agricultural projects were highlighted, thanks to the purchase of high quality plant material: “This aspect – reads the note sent to Fides – has permission to introduce the themes of the “Insieme Noi” campaign, promoted by Caritas Internationalis, to show how sustainable agriculture, inspired by the values ​​of the encyclical Laudato Si ‘, can also represent an entrepreneurial opportunity ”. It was pointed out that the use of organic fertilizers from animal and plant waste and environmentally friendly plant treatment methods are good for the environment and thus increase job opportunities. Also, at a time when the cost of chemical fertilizers is skyrocketing, using organic fertilizers is also a way to save money.
Furthermore, according to the release, “we have also introduced the idea of ​​recycling plastic as a cure for creation and at the same time as an opportunity for profit. With minimal means it is in fact possible to reuse some very common plastics, such as PET, to produce different types of goods, such as brushes, baskets, decorative elements, to then resell them on the local market “.
The “culture of recycling” and the protection of the environment are still little felt issues in this Central Asian country: there are, for example, people involved in metal collection operations but, due to the high costs of transport, collection and sorting of the plastic, paper and other recyclable materials is considered an unprofitable practice. The involvement of Caritas and the entire Catholic community of Tajikistan in this sector therefore generates esteem and general appreciation for the Catholic Church as a whole among the local authorities and the civil population, also because a fruitful collaboration has been established with the institutions. civilians.
The Catholic presence in Tajikistan has been noted since 1970. The first faithful were mostly Germans from Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania, deported to the country during the Soviet Union period. Due to the restrictions on religious freedom imposed by the communist regime, these first communities lived in isolation from the universal Church, until the institution of the Missio sui iuris on 29 September 1997. However, in 1983, charitable actions were initiated by small groups, which in 2004 it officially merged with Caritas. Since then, the organization has consolidated projects aimed at socially supporting the most disadvantaged.
(LF-PA) (Agenzia Fides 30/7/2022)


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