People First Educational Charitable Trust

People First aims to work closely with oppressed and disadvantaged communities and vulnerable individuals in breaking the centuries - old cycle of ignorance and oppression by providing opportunities for education. The trust believes the best way to achieve long - term positive social change is through education and we work in the areas of greatest need where no other education is available to the poor and oppressed. Our mission is the bringing of educational opportunity and to promote health and social rights to those to whom such opportunities have previously been denied due to poverty family circumstances or oppression. The Trust aims to work with the most marginalized me...
Dec 23, 2014

Love and Kindness

Rescue Junction - a safe Haven
Rescue Junction - a safe Haven

Hi Everybody!,

This is Sunita again with another update. Firstly may I wish you all the best compliments of the season. Here at Rescue Junction we  celebrate every festival and Christmas is no exception. We have got some funds from the UK for a special Christmas party so in the next report I will send you some pictures.

We are as busy as ever here at the centre. Just an example if you look at the photo, the boy on the left was abandoned (deliberately) by his father who is a drunkard and the boy on the right has been rescued by neighbours and brought to us because of constant physical abuse at the hands of his uncle. We are presently making all due enquires and counseling and supporting the children as best we can.

It's already cold here at night and we have carefully distributing blankets and warm sweaters to those genuinely in need of them and I would like to thank all those who have donated to the appeal on Global Giving (which is still ongoing) and can be found here,

We also recently were involved in helping to reunite and rehabilitate over 60 children rescued from brick kilns in the neighboring state  by the police . Some were aged just five and six years old. Again enquires are on in co-operation with the Uttar Pradesh  police.

I will finish this update with a comment from one of our regular students, who previously lived on the station, ( I have changed his name only). These are his words,

"Before Rescue Junction was here we were at the mercy of god. Now we have somewhere safe to go, somewhere that protects us from harm , gives us food and education, and that thing I thought only others received , love and kindness ".

"Thank you to everybody who has helped us".

"Thank you",

Pramod (age 11)

if you visit our FB page (the link is below) you can keep up with progress of our projects including our anti child begging campaign in Bodhgaya.

Until next time, God Bless you all,

Sunita

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Dec 4, 2014

Changing things for the better

Please see this photo of me and my friends
Please see this photo of me and my friends

Hi!!

My name is Diya and I am a member of our village sewing centre.

I wanted to tell you all how much the centre means to all of us women here in the village. It is much more than training. Of course the training is important but what I really like is we now have a very special place where we can all meet together and support each other.

Even the women who have completed their training and have taken an interest free loan to buy their own machine at home come and join the group for support and strength. Alone we are alone, we are restricted by our families and village culture in our movements and life so this group is so important us.

We are beginning to understand if we unite together we can be a force for good and we get support from People First to understand we are no longer powerless.

Together we are changing things for the better.

Thank you so much for your support,

Diya 

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Nov 4, 2014

What happened to my donated dollars?

Studying at Rescue Junction
Studying at Rescue Junction

Hello Everyone!

Well here in India the festivities of Diwali are now over, the weather is pleasantly cool and we are looking to shortly start our annual appeal for warm winter clothing and blankets for street children, so look out for that!

As regular supporters will know Rescue Junction is remarkable for accepting all children in need both boys and girls. I believe it is particularly important because if you look at this project the number of girls homeless or living on the street who diappear once they reach puberty is extremely disturbing.  Our Work at Rescue Junction and this project is designed to stop this from happening in our area .

So are we having success?

What happened to the dollars you donated?

I can tell you from our survey methodology and our important work with the railway and state police plus our work with the district child protection committee, (of which we are a member) the whole landscape for street, trafficked and exploited children has changed dramatically for the better.

So far as this initiative is concerned here is a short letter to you from Diva

( name changed to protect identity)

Namaste everyone!

My name is Diva and I am 13 or 14 years of age.

I am not really sure.

I am so happy to be here at Rescue Junction. My step father used to beat me and I called Childline 1098 and spoke to a kind lady who  asked me to stay where I was and someone will come with an ID card with her photo on it to me within 10 mins. I was desperate and was beaten once too often and I had run away. At Rescue Junction I found many "aunties " and even some uncles who for the first time in my life treated me with respect  and gentle kindness.

I am studying and taking vocational training for the future making soft toys, and I feel so happy I am getting support from people who care about me.

Thank you for helping me.

I feel safe.

Diva

That's where you dollars go everyone, to help girls like Diva.

Thank you all,

Sunita

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