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.
Wilson Chowdhry (BPCA) with Stephen Gayle from Eden Christian Centre.
The British Pakistani Christian Association kick-started a local Capital Clean-up project on Saturday 4th October 2014. The project triggered a community approach to keeping local streets clean whilst developing a sense of community pride and improving local quality of life.
Aftre an approach by Habib Ahmed of Redbridge Amey (recycling contractors to Redbridge Council) support was galvanised by reaching out to a local mosque and church. The new partners for the project now include; Eden Christian Centre, Albayan Welfare Centre and Mosque, East Ilford Betterment partnership and the Prince of Wales Pub - who allowed their pub car Park to be used as a short term depository for gathered waste.
Habiba Ahmed of Redbridge Recycling said;
"Not only do littered streets damage business and tourism opportunities but it also costs Redbridge Borough taxpayers £4.2million a year to clean them. We want to encourage as many volunteers as possible to come and take part in our litter Clean-up. It will show others that we take pride in the environment in which we live, work and play."
Saturday's project started at 10:00am from Eden Christian Centre's car park and although a letter drop along St Mary's Road, Connaught Road and Stanley Road yielded no volunteers, seven volunteers within the church participated and cleared the aforementioned roads of litter after a clean-up of the church car park.
Pastor Bryon Jones said;
"We wanted to be involved in this project as it gave an opportunity for the church to serve our local community." Garbage can reduce community morale, this is why it is so important we keep our communities clean."
He added; The bible tells us "The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; Psalm 24 v1." "This directs Christians to consider their environment and local community in all they do as it all belongs to God."
Wilson Chowdhry Co-ordinater for the project said;
"We collected 25kg of rubbish and 7kg of recyclable waste. Our streets looked cleaner and the volunteers bonded well together. The project was a huge success and we hope that the number of local volunteers will grow in number and geographical impact stretch wider as the project develops."
Participating groups were provided with 24 Hi-vis vest each, litter-pickers, refuse and recycling bags, bag holder rings (BPCA already has the same via Capital Clean-up), pavement weed scrapers, Stiff brooms, channel brooms, extended litter pickers, "Keep Britain Tidy" posters, hand held Leaf scrapers, Leaf rakes and referral sheets for council fly tip collection and graffiti removal.
Our next Capital Clean-up will take place from 14:00 at Clementswood Community Centre, 14a Connaught Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 1RN. We will be partnering with the Albayan Centre and East Ilford Betterment Partnership. The roads to be cleaned include;