Not just Bricks and Mortar
The Bridge of Hope, a building project on the outskirts of Varanasi in North India, is by far the largest project of its kind that we have been involved in to date. When completed, this multi-purpose building will be a valuable resource to the poor peoples of the Varanasi area. It will achieve several different objectives; some of which will be completed almost immediately, and others which will be realised further into the future. Working in partnership with Pastor Arvind Thomas, of the Bethel Full Gospel Church, we aim to see this construction project completed as quickly as possible.
The Bridge of Hope is basically divided into 2 phases or sections. Phase 1 is the main community Hall which will also serve as a church for the local, rural villagers (the larger building in the photos). Phase 2 is mainly the accommodation block, not just for the poor, but also for the church minister and any guests that may be staying. As you will see from the photos, the building of the main community hall is well under way, and phase 2 is also beginning to rise from the ground as well. Now the monsoon is well & truly passed, contracts have been re-negotiated with various contractors and construction is due to begin again imminently.
Intended Functions of the Bridge of Hope
- A Church & Community Centre
- Primary School
- A Vocational Training Centre for both young men & women.
- Bible Training Centre. Conferences and seminars will also be held on site.
- A Woman’s Refuge for approximately 50 women. These women will either be widows, or ladies that have been thrown out of the family home because of their faith.
- Accommodation for up to 50 orphans & street children.
- A medical clinic that will service the local rural environs.
If you would like to find out more about the Bridge of Hope project, then contact John Raby on email@example.com