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Our vision is to create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.

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Love for Shama and Shahzad's Children

Words fail to describe the horror felt by the church in Pakistan after a young Christian couple, Shahzad and his pregnant wife Shama, were brutally burnt alive and murdered near Chak 59 Village, Kot Radha Kishan, some 60km from Lahore on 4th November 2014. Their four children were left parentless following the ordeal at the hands of a huge Islamist mob, gathered from nearby villages, whose act of killing the couple attracted attention from worldwide media. The violence was sparked because Shama burnt occult amulet writings previously owned by her husband Shahzad's deceased father – and some people wrongly thought she was burning the Koran.
A mob descended on the couple's home, stripped them both naked – beat them and the wife was gang-raped before her helpless husband. A tractor was used to drag them along a rocky road before they were thrown into a 600 degree hot brick kiln and left to die. The mob nearly threw the couple's youngest child into the fire but were eventually prevented by the little conscience they had.
 

What goes through the minds of a helpless parent who knows they will never see their children again?

But what goes through the mind of a child who has watched their parents, their protectors burned alive?


The couple's three children: Suleman, Sonia and Poonam will be scarred for life by what happened that day. A fourth child, a boy called Zeeshan, was previously given to an uncle for adoption because they could not afford to keep him.
 
Please help us to help them

The BPCA has been working directly with the children and other members of their affected family, following the murders. Money from kind donors has hired a live-in nanny for the youngsters for at least the next year. Click here to see the profound effect this has had on the children who now have a maternal figure. We also support the children's current guardian, grandfather Mukhtar Masih and the little ones themselves with essential counselling, professional and financial support until the ages of 18. With your donations we bring much needed normality and spiritual growth to these suffering children.


If you would like to give towards the ongoing benevolent fund for these children, then please click the 'Donate' button at the top right hand corner of the site or use these  bank details:

Sort Code: 20-44-22
Account number: 43163318
Bank: Barclays
Ref:  Love for Shama and Shahzad

For international donations please use these details:
IBAN:GB62 BARC
20442243163318
SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22


Give via PayPal using our email address: info@britishpakistanichristians.co.uk 


Cheques should be made payable for the  BPCA  to our address:  57 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1XG.


Thank you.

 

With your support we hope to change the lives of millions of Christians in Pakistan.


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Communal Toilet Facility



The average householder in Europe or the USA could never imagine not having a toilet. Access to a WC is seen almost as a natural right but Pakistani believers do not all have this same privilege. Low levels of income mean that toilets are a luxury few can afford, yet there is a dangerous risk to personal health and safety through the lack of proper hygiene facilities. That is why the BPCA intends to construct a £15,000 communal toilet facility in Jaranwala when land becomes available. We are also building five pumps in local homes and we need donations to enable us to serve 40 further Christian families. We wish to install toilets and bathroom facilities with pumps affixed to the believers' homes that will facilitate five closet clusters. (click here for one example) .


If you would like to give towards our ongoing relief work then please click the 'Donate' button at the top right hand corner of the site or use these bank details:

Sort Code: 20-44-22


Account number: 43163318

Bank: Barclays
Ref: Love for Jaranwala

For international donations please use these details:
IBAN:GB62 BARC
20442243163318

 SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22

Give via PayPal using our email address: info@britishpakistanichristians.co.uk

Cheques should be made payable for the BPCA to our address: 57 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1XG.


Thank you.

With your support we hope to change the lives of millions of Christians in Pakistan.






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Here Is How Your Donations Help:Thank You!


                      BPCA officer with the son of murdered Christian martyrs Shahzad and Shama

We work with diverse community groups in Pakistan to push for human rights for Christians and other minorities. To find out more please click here.

To view our latest appeals and find out how you can help please click here.

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Support for Victims of the Peshawar Twin Bomb attack

BPCA has continually been supporting the victims of the twin suicide bombing which occurred in Peshawar on 22nd September 2013. The attack killed over 100 people and left a further 156 long term casualties. The incident has been deemed the worst ever attack on the Pakistani Christian minority and is commensurate with the increasing hatred resonating towards Christians residing in the Middle-East.

Our work, which has been funded by All Saints Church, Ascot and the Elim Pentecostal Mission to name but a few of the donors, has been providing free medical treatment for long term patients;  we have paid for replacement limbs, wheelchairs, and airsprung mattresses for badly wounded victims who were previously sleeping on the floor; and providing nourishment packages.  We have also covered the educational costs of children left orphaned or with no parent able to support them financially through the educational system, due to loss of a main breadwinner.

The need is so great and we call on people of good conscience to provide us with the funds required to bring some quality of life to a very beleaguered community.

Further details can be found following the links below:

http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/victims-of-peshawer-receive-annual.html


http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/donations-to-bpca-pay-for-annual-fees.html

http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/peshawar-victims-continue-to-receive.html


http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/peshawar-victims-continue-to-receive.html


http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/many-victims-of-peshawar-bomb-attacks_7.html

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ART TO PROMOTE CULTURAL CHANGE AND PROMOTE MINORITY CONTRIBUTION:

We are collecting funds towards two art monuments to be installed in Pakistan. We envisage the overall cost for each scheme will be £10,000.

A monument is proposed for Islamabad and will remind people in the city of the sacrifice made by Pervez Masih who sacrificed his life to save the 400 Muslim girls in the Islamic University of Islamabad on the 20th October 2009. This college janitor ran to shield students - a target for the suicide bomber who had entered the grounds of the college he worked for. In the ensuing struggle, Mr Masih was killed without any further loss of life or injury. Art has been an intrinsic factor to global legislative and cultural reform and the BPCA wish to use our monument to promote peace, hope and unity by highlighting the compassion and love shown by this Christian hero. He sacrificed his life in the pursuit of the safety of others, all of whom were of a different faith - showing that love can overcome all differences.

Ref: BPCA/Masih Monument

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EDUCATIONAL BURSARIES FOR POORER CHRISTIAN FAMILIES:

Recently the BPCA has called for a cessation to Foreign aid to Pakistan and we encourage visitors to thsi site to sign our on-line petition:

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/noukaidtopakistan

Aid that is targeted at Pakistan generally, particularly in education, will almost certainly serve to perpetuate the ongoing discrimination and oppression of religious minorities, given the fact that such discrimination is endemic and inbuilt into the fabric of Pakistani society. Whilst raising levels of illiteracy is good, they say, the fact is that levels of illiteracy are far greater among Christians and other minorities than among the wider population – only seven per cent of minorities gain an adequate level of literacy.

Primary causes are the fact that due to poverty worsened by discrimination, many Christians can’t afford to send their children to school, but instead must send them out to work and earn money for the family to survive. There are free schools in Pakistan, but their standard is generally poor, and most minority parents can’t afford the travel costs as they are often in awkward areas. In addition, these schools are often in areas where Christian children are especially vulnerable whilst travelling – the kidnap, rape, and forced marriage and conversion of teenage Christian school girls whilst travelling to school is far too common an occurrence.

Even when at school, Christian children are frequently subjected to discrimination, bullying from teachers and other pupils, and are required to recite Muslim prayers. In other words, education in Pakistan is frequently Islamicising in a coercive manner. Islamic studies is mandatory, and parents are afraid of proselytising, and forced conversions of their vulnerable children, as well as the way minorities are pilloried and falsely depicted in history lessons.

A report produced by USICRF stated: "Our review of public-school textbooks and other materials has found intolerant references against religious minorities, particularly Hindus, Christians and non-Sunni forms of Islam. Fifth-grade-level textbooks have accused Hindus of dishonest dealings with Muslims. In addition, some of Pakistan's thousands of religious schools include texts with an interpretation of Islam that promotes religious extremism and provides ideological training to those involved in religiously motivated violence, both in Pakistan and abroad."

To address these problems, the BPCA is proposing a bursary to help vulnerable Christian students get into better schools, whilst having a system of monitoring by local agents to monitor the schools to make sure no bullying or inappropriate behaviour towards the children occurs. The BPCA educational benevolent fund will award bursaries to students of all levels, allowing them access to high quality schools in Pakistan, so that the most poverty stricken members of that community can find that essential voice which will empower them to live with dignity as Christians and equal citizens of Pakistan, and make them less vulnerable to exploitation through legal, economic and other mechanisms.

Read our article in Christian today here:

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.uk.should.cut.aid.to.pakistan/28387-2.htm

Ref: BPCA/Education

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Funding

We seek funding towards our ongoing administration costs and are seeking churches, groups or individuals that would like to contribute between £10 - £50 per month or more. Our work has done much to highlight the plight of Pakistani Christians, has created better awareness of our community and continues to unite the international Pakistani Christian diaspora.

If you would like to support any of our schemes please do send your contributions by cheque payable to;

British Pakistani Christian Association.

Post to;
British Pakistani Christian Association
57 Green Lane, Ilford Essex, IG1 1XG

Alternatively should you wish you can pay by BACS, direct debit or standing order by paying into the following account details:

Sort Code: 20-44-22
Account Number: 43163318

For international Donations are details are as follows

IBAN:  GB62 BARC 2044 2243 1633 18
SWIFTBIC:   BARCGB22


Thank you for your continued support.