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Barnabas builds kindergartens for Christian children in Bangladesh

Project(s): 00-514

Country/Region: Bangladesh, Pakistan, South and East Asia, Middle East and North Africa

Three new kindergartens built in rural Bangladesh by Barnabas Fund are providing scores of Christian children with an education in a loving, Christian environment.

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The day begins with prayer at the Bangladeshi kindergartens

They are among 37 Christian schools and education programmes that Barnabas Fund supports in eleven countries, through which 6,584 Christian children are being educated.

The kindergartens were built last year next to three Barnabas-supported primary schools, which 371 Christian pupils attend. In January, 95 youngsters started their school career at the kindergartens. Almost all of them come from families who experience much discrimination from the majority Bengali population.

Among the pupils are disabled sisters Asha (5) and Liza (6), whose parents felt a burden being lifted off them when their daughters were admitted to the school. Another pupil, five-year-old Shuili, who comes from an ethnic minority tribe, could not speak properly when she started attending but has now risen to the top of her class.

Each day begins with prayers, songs and stories from the Bible. The children are learning the Bengali language and English alphabet, and are memorising numbers.

Impoverished in Pakistan

On the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, local Christians last year set up a primary school in two tents for 110 homeless Christians. Barnabas Fund is paying the salaries of three teachers and a watchman.

Before the school started the children, aged 4-11, were just running around the camp where their impoverished families live, without anything to do.

A local Christian leader said:

This school is a symbol of hope and light for our future generations.

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If you would like to help educate Christian children, please send your donation to the School-Place Sponsorship Fund project ( 00-514). using our secure server.

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