Based in the slums of Topsia in Kolkata, the Kolkata Bhalobashi Foundation. (KBF) aims to facilitate an education for children living in the slum, whose families would otherwise be unable to afford this. This is achieved by providing a basic education in English and Bengali in order for the children to reach a standard where they can be admitted to the local formal school. Admission to this school has a small fee in addition to the cost of books, stationery and uniform, which has to be covered by KBF. In addition to facilitating this, KBF also provides a daily snack and clean drinking water for the children while they attend the project. For those children who are admitted into the formal school, the relationship with KBF continues, as they come back to the project after school for help with homework (and to enjoy their snack!).
Set up by Amar Khalid and his wife Sathi in 2006, KBF also seek to maintain good relationships with the families in the slum by regularly visiting the children in their homes. Amar pays for the children to be seen by a doctor if required but his funds are limited, so this is sometimes not possible. In 2011, there were 35 children coming to the project but this number is growing!"
The group will also take and distribute a collection of products including toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap for the children attending KBF, and educate them about basic health and hygiene.
YWBC and its members support the work of KBF including the sponsoring of children helped by the charity.
YWBC are pleased to support our link missionaries through our relationship with BMS World Mission.
Brian and Lydia English currently live in Kings Norton and worship at Pavilion Christian Community in Bournville. Next month they will start their training at IMC in Selly Oak before moving to Thailand in January.
Their work there will be with Compasio, a BMS partner charity on the Thai-Burma border. Their main focus will be working with women and children at risk. After 3 months of language learning in Bangkok, they will move to Mae Scot where Brian will have a primary role in fundraising. Lydia will potentially be teaching English to the national staff, and will also be involved in the creative/therapeutic use of music with children. Both Brian and Lydia will be involved in mentoring staff and children and offering hospitality as a key part of Compasio’s ministry.
Brian and Lydia They have a personal page on the BMS website: http://www.bmsworldmission.org/blenglish
Yardley Wood Baptist Church actively support the work of Agape. More details at www.agape.org.uk
The Agape vision is big. They dream of a day when everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus. This vision extends beyond national borders and beyond what we could ever hope to accomplish on our own.
The Agape strategy is simple. They believe that in order to see the growth of spiritual movements like Jesus did, they need to do what Jesus did: introduce people to his message, help them grow in their understanding of how to follow him with their whole lives, and challenge them to go out and do the same with others.
In this way, Agapé helps people to model their lives on Jesus’ words and witness in their universities, families, workplaces, communities and beyond.
Agapé is part of the international movement of Campus Crusade for Christ, with a presence in 191 countries around the world and a member of the Evangelical Alliance and Global Connections.