Alcester Baptist Church

Blind School in Bangladesh 

In 1993, the then minister of Alcester Baptist Church, Blind school2Edward Williams, with his wife Rosemary, led a group of about twenty to Bangladesh and India on a Baptist Missionary Society's Bicentenary Tour, "In the Footsteps of William Carey". In the course of this, they visited a School for Blind Girls, in Dhaka. Run by Bangladeshi Baptists, it provides hope, a hostel and wonderful schooling to about ninety children facing a double handicap: visually impaired and female, in a country where life is a struggle. 

The group decided it wanted to support this school, and Alcester Baptist Church has hosted the  "Alcester Support Group" ever since. The group has enlarged as other friends have learned about the cause, and in addition to support by interest and prayer, they have given considerable sums of money, amounting for a number of years now to £3,000 or more annually. This has been vitally important for the school, for which funding is a constant struggle.

Blind school 1The school was founded in 1977 by BMS missionary Veronica Campbell, but by the time of the visit in 1993 was under fine Bengali leadership: first Manju Samaddar and now Sylvia Mazumder. The age range of pupils is 5 - 18, and each year some gain their Secondary School Certificate, including some who go on to university. There is also vocational training, plus computerised Braille books production and free distribution to all students.

The official name of the school is the Baptist Mission Integrated School - the education at the school has a fine reputation and a number of sighted students are admitted also. This has a number of benefits: it helps the blind girls to integrate in normal society, it helps to dispel prejudice amongst the sighted children against those with disabilities, and it helps the finances of the school.

All cheques should be made payable to "Alcester Baptist Church", accompanied by a request that the money be used for the support of the Blind School.

In the case of Gift Aid, a form using the following wording should be used:

GIFT AID DECLARATION

I would like Alcester Baptist Church to reclaim tax on this donation, and all donations I make from today until I notify you otherwise. 

I confirm that I am a UK taxpayer and that the amount of tax I pay does cover the amount I would like

Alcester Baptist Church to reclaim.

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