Miracle School Ministries
Miracle School Ministries
In partnership with Anglican Aid, Miracle School Ministries in Lahore, Pakistan, gives free, quality education to 800 children of enslaved brick kiln labourers. There are 3.1 million people in Pakistan living in slavery, and 20,000 brick kilns – the primary sector where bonded slavery occurs. A brick kiln family earns about $4 a day.
Many of these children have worked alongside their parents since the age of 6, making bricks in harsh conditions to help pay off their family’s debts. These debts have escalated over generations due to slave owners taking advantage of illiterate workers, and realistically, families can never hope to repay these debts. But education can break the cycle of poverty and intergenerational slavery. For many, these children will be the first educated and literate members of their families.
Pakistan is currently facing devastating monsoonal flooding.
Miracle Ministries is seeking to respond to the needs of their community in the face of the flooding disaster. To contribute to this emergency relief, please donate here.
As well as transforming lives through education, Miracle is involved in many development, aid and ministry projects including
- Emergency relief in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown
- Distributing food rations for struggling families
- Adult education literacy classes
- Sunday Schools, house churches, and other Christian discipleship such as facilitating the Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC)
- Medical clinics and health care
- Providing clean water through construction of water tanks
Waterworks for a Thirsty World
Anglican Aid’s annual fundraising campaign Waterworks for a Thirsty World (www.waterworks.org.au) is partnering with Miracle School to build water tanks at brick kiln factories. Though Pakistan doesn’t have a shortage of water, diseases arising from drinking or washing with contaminated water can mean medical fees or time off work push an oppressed family even further into debt. Since 2017, Waterworks has funded 15 water tanks for enslaved brick kiln workers and minority groups. We have also built toilets, and supported health and hygiene education, medical camps and food distributions (during the monsoon season and Covid-19 lockdown).
In the case that a fundraising appeal has received sufficient donations, any surplus funds will be used for a similar activity or an activity in the same country.
VIDEO: Breaking slavery through education
Some Answers Podcast: Interview with Angela
Interview with a bonded slave family
Virtual interview with Angela Michael: Miracle Ministries during COVID
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