HYDERABAD: In a follow-up to a ceremony held in the Governor’s House in Karachi in January last year, sixteen families were on Monday given ownership documents and possession of their houses built by the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Hyderabad, and the Catholic Church under a programme to rehabilitate people rendered homeless by the 2010 and 2011 floods in Sindh.

The papers and keys were handed over to the families in Jherruck town by Fr. Robert McCulloch (Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam) from Rome who is currently on a visit to Pakistan. He was awarded the medal in 2012 in recognition of his valuable services to the health and education sectors and inter-faith harmony in Pakistan.

In the last year’s ceremony Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad had presented ownership documents of 30 houses built in the same settlement.

St. Elizabeth Hospital has built and handed over 737 houses to such families and 44 more are under construction. New schools and medical clinics are also being built under the programme.