Maldah is one of the least developed districts in the state of West Bengal with an overall literacy rate of 50%, and just 41% among females. The tribal people that live here are poor and largely forgotten. They lack basic infrastructure including schools and health facilities. The people are often bound by superstition, spirit worship and drug addiction.
Caring for the poor and sharing the Good News of the Kingdom
The Emmanuel People Development Society (EPDS) serves tribal people living north of Calcutta in West Bengal. The ministry has initiated a variety of programs that meet needs and help plant churches in tribal communities.
- Their well-developed ministry to children includes offering education at the primary and secondary levels in English and the local dialects.
- Workers are addressing the income needs of poor families through a vocational training for village women and a livestock loan program for the poorest families.
- Recently EPDS has opened a clinic to bring medical care to this remote region where families suffer frequent illness.
- Through their compassionate ministry in the villages, EPDS workers have already established 35 churches and 10 house groups. The ministry has plans to reach 20 additional villages this coming year.
- Students from local churches who can read and write can enroll in a grassroots Bible School where men and women are trained for Christian ministry in the churches.