Kolkata, By Payel Das: With a mission to emphasize the need for education, Believers Church child care project-Bridge of Hope, held felicitation functions for underprivileged children who have exhibited academic excellence. Various social activities and gift distribution drives were carried out across Kolkata as part of this drive.
Presenting the awards Shri Surajit Bose, Additional District Magistrate, North 24 PGS, Kolkata said,” Believers Church is doing phenomenal work in the entire Kolkata region for the upliftment of poor, marginalized and underprivileged people. It is especially heartening to see the participation of non-governmental bodies in key areas like education. The way this program has reached out to the neediest of the children is truly commendable.”
110 students from Madhyamgram locality were felicitated in today’s program which was attended by more than 500 people including children, their parents, staff members of Bridge of Hope and eminent government functionaries. More than 6100 students across the State have benefitted from this drive. Each student received 2 plastic chairs, 1 school bag, 2 shopping bags, 1 plastic table and one carpet during the event.
Speaking on the occasion Bishop Dr Juria Bardhan of Believers Church, Kolkata Diocese said, “We want to make full use of our ability to help underprivileged children so that they become responsible and successful citizens of this country. This event is just another occasion to remind ourselves that our future is linked to theirs.”
Bridge of Hope program aims to educate and empower underprivileged children across the country. Currently more than 80,000 children are enrolled under this program across India and South-East Asia. The program aims to provide better education, healthcare and hygiene opportunities to the lesser privileged.
Commenting on the initiative Dr K P Yohannan, Metropolitan of Believers Church said, “The need to educate and empower them is not the need of these children but it is our need. You cannot imagine a peaceful and harmonious future for any of us without education and empowerment for our future generations.”
Believers Church Kolkata diocese has also been working since 2011 to rescue hundreds of sex workers in Contai, West Bengal. The organization has also provided them alternative means of livelihood and access to education to their children under Bridge of Hope program.
About Believers Church
Believers Church is a Christian denomination with congregations and parishes worldwide and over 2.6 million followers in 10 countries. The Church at present has twenty three Bishops who give spiritual and administrative leadership to the various activities of the Church. The current head of the Believers Church is Metropolitan Bishop, Dr K. P. Yohannan.
The church also undertakes various charitable programs including women empowerment, educational projects, community development programs, rehabilitation projects and relief works.
Underlined below are some of initiatives undertaken by the Believers Church
- Believers Church has helped over 80,000 children by providing quality education and timely medical checkups under its Bridge for Hope Program.
- Believers Church has set up more than 28,000 toilets and has committed its resources to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help educate people on sanitation under the Swatch Bharat Program.
- Believers Church is engaged in providing health care and rehabilitation to over 2384 leprosy patients in Purulia, Adra, Bankura, Durgapur and Dhanbad.
- Over 700 widows are being taken care of, providing socio-economic and supports in Sunderban Area. The Church is in the process of constructing a Widow Care Home in Maipit, Nagenpada, and 24th South Pargana to take care of very old, destitute and helpless widows.
- Vocational Training and Health awareness programs have been organised for underprivileged communities.
- The church has conducted eight-month long free literacy programs, to teach the marginalised sections of society how to read and write.
- The church has provided water to communities where drinking water is scarce by constructing bore wells and community water tanks.
- The church has given sewing machines, livestock, carpentry tools, rickshaws and agricultural equipments to families to generate regular income.
- Through the Humanitarian Assistance project the Church has assisted in Nepal earthquake, Odisha Cyclones and Aila Cyclone in West Bengal through disaster relief operations, through reconstruction of houses, providing food supplies, medicines, and water, clothes, and mosquito nets, plastic sheets for making tents, hygiene supplies and solar lights.
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