Christian children in Pakistan desperate for an education

Pakistan

01/11/2017 16:00

Unclean

A class of schoolgirls in Pakistan were taking an exam in Home Economics. The examiner was tasting the food they had cooked, but when she got to the Christian girls she refused to touch what they had cooked, saying it would make her unclean. She tipped the food in the bin and the girls failed the exam.

Many Christian children in Pakistan face discrimination, abuse, hostility, and even violence at government schools. Four Christian girls at a Punjabi high school were forced to bring their own drinking glasses and water bottles to school after Muslim students complained they were unclean.

There are also many who cannot go to school at all because their parents cannot afford the fees. Instead, children are forced to work as menial labourers, often in high-risk jobs. This is why Barnabas Aid supports dozens of Christian schools in Pakistan, helping with the running costs so that the schools need only charge minimal fees. 

St Matthew’s School in Francisabad, supported by Barnabas Fund. Like many Christian schools across Pakistan, classrooms and resources are in desperately short supply
St Matthew’s School in Francisabad, supported by Barnabas Fund. Like many Christian schools across Pakistan, classrooms and resources are in desperately short supply

Orphans and fatherless

In 2009, in a village in Punjab Province, Sania’s father died after suffering a series of violent epileptic seizures. Ill with chronic tuberculosis, her mother was unable to work. It was thanks to the intervention of her pastor that five-year-old Sania was accepted into the Abba Home Orphanage, where 31 girls from Christian families, aged between six and 16, are nurtured and educated.

Sania is a shining beacon of what can be achieved in Pakistan. Says an Abba Home spokesman: “We all have seen her grow and develop. We are sure she is going to be successful at both professional and personal levels. With Barnabas support and our parental care for another six years, she has a very bright future.”

Will you help more children like Sania?

Barnabas Aid now supports 76 schools across Pakistan, educating over 7,500 Christian children. Six residential hostels provide accommodation for 350 Christian students who live too far away from their schools. A Christian vocational training center in Punjab teaches Christian school-leavers to be drivers, mechanics, welders and electricians, equipping them with skills to support themselves and their families. Adult literacy classes help desperately impoverished brick-kiln workers. Barnabas Aid scholarships support 72 young Christian students at university. 

Sania in 2010, aged five
Sania in 2010, aged five

Barnabas Aid’s support provides buildings and classrooms, building maintenance, sanitation, water and utilities, school furniture, learning materials, teacher training, and pays rents and teachers’ salaries. 

Sania in January 2017, “a shining beacon of what can be achieved in Pakistan”
Sania in January 2017, “a shining beacon of what can be achieved in Pakistan”

The final word is Sania’s: “I cannot go to school in my village but here at Abba I can. I like education. I want to serve humanity in the medical field when I complete my studies. I pray for everyone who has helped me. God bless them.”

Our plea for your help:

$6 will cover the costs of textbooks for one pupil

$42 will pay a teacher’s salary for one month

$73 will pay for two whiteboards and markers

Give today:

If you would like to make a gift, please direct your donation to 41-1209 Pakistan Schools Fund 

 

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