St. Martin’s school (Registered) in Diocese of Faisalabad Punjab Pakistan
Since 1976, St. Martin’s school played a pivotal role in educating many people. This was the time when Sacred Heart school was the only English medium school in the town. But it was out of reach of many people from the town, and it was not possible for poor people of Christian background to send their children there to get education. In this scenario the school was not less than a blessing for the community. Latter this primary school was registered with Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Faisalabad and got the status of a middle school. Many Christian students got their matriculation degree from St. Martin’s school as private Students. It changed the lives of many.
A decade and a half ago due to lack of funds The Church closed this school and abandoned the building that was almost destroyed because of not being used. People of the community either sent their children to other schools or no school at all. The families thought that this school’s revival is much needed for the religious growth and Christian education of children with Christian family background.
In 2020, Tanveer Gulzar son of the soil an entrepreneur and Banker by profession, who lives in the United State was approached by members of the church leaders and the community to help reopen the school for their children. He expressed his desire to His Excellency Most Rev. Bishop Dr. Indrias Rehmat Bishop of Faisalabad Diocese, Pakistan, to revive the community’s school again and run alongside the church. His excellency has always had heart for promotion of the education, he appreciated Mr. Gulzar’s desire and passion to serve the nation. For this Cause Mr. Tanveer Gulzar Visited Pakistan in 2021 and after few meetings with the church education board, the school building was reopened with the new management.
School’s building was renovated, the new staff was hired and finally in 6th February, 2021 The school was reopened for the children of the local areas. People were overwhelmed with a great and historic step taken by His Excellency Rev. Bishop Indrias Rehmat, and the team. People of the community thanked the Lord and started bringing their children back from other schools to St. Martin’s School. In the very first month of its revival the school had 150 students on roll and the number is still increasing, currently the school is educating over 200 students of families that can not afford to send their children private schools.
The school is not for a specific community and the doors are open for people of all faiths and religions or cast and creed. The school have Christian education classes for Christian students and Islamic studies classes for Muslim students.
Our mission and moto are to educate children and to help them get a better life and grow up to be the great citizens of Pakistan and serve all over the world as future professionals.
We have library with amazing books to read and develop the interest of reading in students in the school. We have an effective and state of the art computer lab to teach about the technology and computer basic education to our students from play group to 8th grade.
We don’t just focus on the formal learning, but we also enhance and polish the hidden talent of students by arranging co-curricular activities like Art, Music, Debates, General knowledge, Scrabble and Sports.
St. Martin's School
While we strive to be clear about impact data with our donors, there is, of course, the kind of impact that cannot be measured with numbers.
Children who work in the brick kilns get the chance to hope. They can dream—about a better future, about what they want to be when they grow up, etc. They can PLAY. Sometimes, the SMI school is the only chance a child gets to play. For many of them, it’s the only time they get to leave the brick factory. They are overjoyed.
The children look forward to a nourishing meal. They have goals with their education. They get to take ownership over some aspect of their lives. They also know that there are adults in their lives who care about them and are willing to support them.
That kind of impact is immeasurable and priceless.
Please stay tuned to see how the impact grows as we continue to grow as a ministry!