Anticipated Lives Impacted: 650 (students receiving technical training, students receiving healthcare, students receiving safe housing)
Grant Amount: $80,500 (Cost per beneficiary: $124)
How Can You Help?
For $250, you can provide one student with a vocational education. For $5,000, you can provide 100 students with healthcare. For $10,000 you can provide 60 students with food and safe accommodations.
Approved by the Global Trustees: June 2017
Seventy-five percent of Christians in Pakistan live below the poverty line. Many lack educational opportunities that would pull them out of poverty. As Pakistan becomes increasingly intolerant of Christians (and other non-Muslim faiths), violence and marginalization is on the rise. This is especially true in rural areas.
The Anglican Church in Lahore has built a vocational training school with funds from the Barnabas Fund. Now ARDF will partner with the Diocese of Lahore to equip the school and to provide on-site medical care. The vocational school will offer one year of training in automobile technology and electrical work (for boys) and driving and stitching (for girls). After completing the training, students will receive help securing jobs – or seed money to start their own businesses.
On-site healthcare is a critical part of the project. Four hundred students will be seen monthly by a doctor and nurse visiting the school. In addition, the Diocese will organize a community outreach program including mobile health clinics and medical camps, serving both Christians and Muslims.
The school will also provide safe housing specifically for 150 at-risk and vulnerable children, ages 7-15. Many of these children’s parents have either died, been put in prison, or have been married off to Muslims against their will. Despite the hostile environment in Pakistan, once outfitted, this vocational school will provide a safe place for Christians to grow in faith.
In Their Own Words:
My family could not afford to pay for my school fees, but thank God I got admitted to Christian Vocational Training Center, Narowal in 2014. I enrolled for one year training as an electrician. This training changed my life because I became a better person who loves Christ. I started my own electric repair shop in Narowal and now earn an average of Pakistan Rupee. 25,000 ($240) per month. … We now afford basic things that we could not buy. I thank Diocese of Lahore for giving me this chance to apply my skills. – Rafique Masih, Narowal, Punjab province, Pakistan