Bartimaeus is one of the smaller Christadelphian Charities located in Bangalore India.
In January 2016 the charity managed to purchase their own building, with the aid of a generous legacy. The advantage of this was not having to pay rent, or incur costs of moving to new premises when each lease ran out.
From January 2019, Bartimaeus has experienced a sudden and unexpected drop in donations. This has coincided with some urgently needed repairs and increased costs for many of our basic supplies.
For the resource and aid centre for the blind It is becoming very difficult to balance their books with increasing costs and unexpected repair bills.
The facility has capacity for 36 residential students but only takes half that number due to lack of funds.
The aim of this appeal is to ask for donations but also to ask if you could include them in your regular collections. Even one collection per year would make a difference.
This is done knowing that the blind are ambitious to live as normal a life as possible, supporting both themselves, and also their families.
Bartimaeus their Challenges
At present, the poorer sections of Indian society are not geared to educating the blind in the modern sense of the word. Their employment prospects are considered to be limited to basket weaving and garden furniture and very few families have the means or the initiative to enable them to go further.
The course offered by Bartimaeus lasts for approximately 1 year, depending on the individual student’s ability. During that time each person receives training in four basic areas: IT and Computing, braille, mobility and spoken English.
Each morning an assembly is held based on Bible Teaching.
Bartimaeus was able to recommission a bore hole and purchase a pump for the supply of clean drinking water by the generosity of a private donation.
This has proved a blessing but problems with drainage means the infrastructure has to be upgraded.
The cost of this is about £5000 of which we have raised £1000.
We would like to thank all those individuals and Ecclesias that have supported the charity in the past and for their continuing support.
Together with the Bangalore Ecclesia who oversee operations in India.
Cheques to: Bartimaeus
170 Druids Walk, Chard, Somerset.BA201BN
UK Barclays Sort Code 20-20-37
Account No 90823864
Charity registration 1063021 – Christadelphian aid for visually impaired
May God continue to bless the work that the Bangalore Ecclesia are doing for the visually impaired. Your prayers for the ongoing work are appreciated.