Our vision is to create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.
The BPCA promotes interfaith harmony and integration in its local British community – Ilford in London, England. Projects raising the profile of the BPCA also build up our neighbourhood relations. Examples include fitness classes for women and children; helping the homeless; public barbecues; street parties; and staging Redbridge Borough's biggest party for the Queen's Jubilee.
Wilson Chowdhry, BPCA chairman, chairs the Redbridge Carnival, a multicultural event with 15,000 attendees and the BPCA runs a community centre which helps knife crime victims, and hosts interfaith harmony seminars and workshops. He has also become chairman of various local police community groups and the Redbridge Neighbourhood Watch Association. The BPCA also organises the Redbridge Easter Parade every Easter Monday with 14 local churches involved. All of these initiatives help to highlight the issues facing Pakistani Christians. These events, supported by partner community groups, have given BPCA a central role in encouraging friendships across religions, races and ages.
We have been humbled to receive awards in recognition of these groundbreaking projects. Chairman Wilson Chowdhury was given a 'Community Crime Fighter' accolade by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009. Wilson was also given a London Peace Award for 'Building Community Bridges' in 2010. The British Sikh Council named the BPCA chairman a 'Human Rights Champion' the same year. BPCA itself won a 'Service to the Community' award in the Anti-Knife UK Awards 2012. Wilson Chowdhry was later invited to sit on the London-based Strategic Community Engagement Panel by Scotland Yard (Police) as a result of the BPCA's engagement with the community in Ilford.
Wilson was also invited to an Easter Reception at Downing Street by PM David Cameron. Mr Cameron pledged to speak up about the Blasphemy Law of Pakistan and promised to call for freedom for Asia Bibi, a mum-of-two currently on death row on a false blasphemy charge.