ICC Provides Education Assistance in Pakistan
02/10/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – On September 22, 2013, suicide bombers rocked Pakistan’s Christian community when they attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar. The bombing took place as congregants were exiting the Sunday morning service, which left roughly 600 churchgoers exposed to the blast. When the dust settled, approximately 100 Christians were killed, in addition to many more who were wounded.
As a result of the bombing, many children were orphaned or their parents were left unable to provide financially due to their injuries. In order to support the families of these young children, we have been providing the children with educational support ever since. This support includes tuition costs, school supplies, and transportation to and from school. In the most recent school year, 30 children participated in this initiative.
Two orphans who lost their parents in the attack expressed, “We were very little when we lost our parents in a church bombing. Our poor uncle is taking care of us. We can’t see and touch [the] great people of ICC; however, we could feel the love and concern they have been sharing with us for years. It [is] great love which reminds us of our parents also. Therefore, we are thankful to ICC for helping us in such a good way which we will never forget throughout our lives.”
It has been our privilege to take part in this long-term investment in the youngest survivors of this attack. Although we cannot bring their parents back, we are grateful that this assistance equipped them to continue their education despite the loss that they have faced. Thank you for your continued support in providing for those who have shouldered the burden of persecution at such a young age.
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