Franciscan religion is one of the well-known figures in national civil society. Together with his sisters he founded the “House of Peace”, which is for people with mental and physical disabilities, who always encourage to get involved in sports and art. Catholics remember it as “a source of pride for all of us”.
Karachi (AsiaNews) – The Pakistani government has given Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Civil Award) to Sister Ruth Lewis, a Franciscan from the congregation of Christ the King and one of the most well-known figures in national civil society. The nun died on July 20 after contracting the corona virus while helping several sick children.
Born on May 2, 1946, he always lived and worked in Karachi. Together with Sister Gertrude Lemmens and Sister Margaret D’Costa, she established the Dar-Ul-Sukun house (house of peace) which was intended to accommodate people with mental and physical disabilities.
Religious always encourage “children” to be involved in the world of sports and art. Four guest houses won several medals at the Paralympics that took place in the United States in 1998: the nun always promotes an inclusive society, where people with disabilities also contribute with a commitment to the formation of a country.
In addition to the house of peace, Sister Ruth played an important role in various social work projects in Karachi. The letter with which the Sindh provincial government recommended it for the award mentioned several, all addressed to the weakest sections of society.
Mariyam Kashif, a teacher and social activist, recalled it as “a pride for all Catholics and the whole nation. The decision to appreciate it was amazing, he truly served mankind without discrimination.