ANTICIPATED LIVES IMPACTED: 650
GRANT AMOUNT $80,500
HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?
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 & safe accommodations
APPROVED BY GLOBAL TRUSTEES JUNE 2017
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A Holistic Approach to Serving the Marginalized Christian in Lahore, Pakistan
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.