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...
Jun 30, 2015

I won't let you down!

Mamta
Mamta

My name is Naresh Sir and I am in charge of the education programme here at People First. As you know it it is one of our priorities to help and encourage as much as we can the education of girls and for this report I thought I would let just one of them tell their story to you. We have changed the name but nothing else.

Namaste my Dear Friends,

My name is Mamta and I read in Dhobi school in class 8, all our education is provided free and I love my school. Before People First started our school many children of my age (I think I am about 14), just did not go to school at all. Now some girls from my school have gone onto college and I would love to do that also, It is because of the opportunities programme which you have supported I might just get that golden chance.

 I am the first girl in my family to be educated, when my parents tried to get me married the headmaster came to my house and spoke to my parents and now they understand and are pleased with my progress.  We are very poor, we have no land but my education has given me hope.

Thank you for your support, I won’t let you down, I will always do my best!

I love my school,

With greatest respects,

Mamta

 Please mark July 15th as Bonus Day in your dairy , your donation will go much further!!!

Girls at Dhobi School
Girls at Dhobi School

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Jun 15, 2015

From the streets to the classroom

Ex child beggars on the rehabilitation program.
Ex child beggars on the rehabilitation program.
Hi Everyone,

My name is Deepak and I am Chairperson  of People First here in Bodhgaya.

I want to personally thank you for your fantastic response to our appeal "from begging to books in Bodhgaya"   It really was a great response.

Because your donations were so generous it has enabled us to employ an extra full time community worker to talk to and support those children on the streets and identify who is using them for revenue from begging.
We still have much work to do and the appeal is still live because of the great success of the project  but we were encouraged when a group of foreigners visited Rescue Junction they mentioned the fact that they had not seen any child beggars, in contrast to previous years when there were many.
 
Our own surveys have shown over a sustained period the number of child beggars around the temple area has been reduced by over 70% and we have resettled many children into mainstream education, but we are not claiming here we have solved the problem of child begging in Bodhgaya in its entirety, far from it, with your help we aim to ensure our continuing vigilance and action regarding this problem.  But we  have made a huge difference. 

This is what your donations have done. Because of the need this appeal is still live on GlobalGiving and the Link is below.

http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/from-begging-to-books-in-bodhgaya-bihar-india-1

I will leave you with a quote from a former child beggar, as told to one of our workers, a liitle girl aged about 8 who we will call Maya (name changed),

"I hated begging, I hated even the people who gave us money because they did not really care, just they wanted to feel good thenselves. I had to give nearly all the money to my
"malik" ( malik means owner). I felt trapped. Now my Malik has gone away, I am at school, I am learning to read and write , I am no longer afraid".

Because your donations were so generous it has enabled us to employ an extra full time community worker to talk to and support those children on the streets and identify who is using them for revenue from begging.

Thank you all so much, it is said often but believe me you have really made a difference and helped to place a book in a child's hand instead of a coin he or she has to then give away to someone else.

Please be aware that on July 15th  is a Global Giving Bonus Day and will be in operation from 9.01 AM Eastern Time in the US . Please make a note of this as a donation could be boosted by up to 50% as long as the matching funds last.
With Heartfelt thanks again,
Deepak


 
Our banners in Bodhgaya
Our banners in Bodhgaya

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Jun 15, 2015

The bravery of Pramilla

Drinking water Station
Drinking water Station

Hello Everyone.

I hope the email finds you are your family well. It's time for another update from Rescue Junction the centre for the Gaya Rescue Project  here in Bihar in India.

Well so much to tell, we have had earthquakes, we have had a killer heat wave, and many new children and young people have come to Rescue Junction for help and support.

From Mid May onwards until June 13th, we were hit with a massive heatwave and we were getting reports of children and babies in distress due to the extreme heat on local trains and at stations due to heatstroke and dehydration. We purchased some extra coolers and fans and set up a cooling centre at Rescue Junction. At the height of the heat wave we had a nurse on call to rehydrate young children, and we even had to refer a few cases to the hospital for further care. We purchased many large bottles of drinking water and set up a free drinking water centre outside the centre because we are very near the station. We equipped volunteers with water on the station and on running trains to monitor any distressed people especially children , young mothers etc and worked with the railway police and coolies to help those in need.  However over the six weeks of severe weather we exhausted our fund for emergencies, and the Trust had to step in using precious reserves to help children from suffering so we do have an appeal which will help replenish our depleted emergency fund . It is here. 

http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/help-save-lives-from-the-indian-heatwave-in-bihar

I am of the opinion that our reports should thank people for their donations and help explain to them how we have used their hard earned money, the fact that you are reading this means you have already donated, but one way you can really make your money go further is donating on July 15th when Global Giving will match your donation by a massive 50% for as long as the matching funds last.. Matching funds begin at 09.01 Eastern, so please make a note in your diary.

I want to end with a sad but in its way inspiring tale about one girl who ran away from home due to pressure to become married.

We will call her Pramilla. ( not her real name). She is at most 14 years of age.

She was picked up at another station by a man and a woman who took her to their home in Gaya and tried to persuade her to travel to Calcutta for " Work" ( almost certainly prostitution). She gravely resisted and was severely beaten but managed to get to a mobile phone and dialed 1098 ( the emergency toll free childline number) and spoke to someone at Rescue Junction. She was able to give a rough description of the area and was composed enough to even give a house name. Within 20 mins the police broke into the house, arrested the couple, and set Pramilla free. .

On arrival Pramila was understandably distressed but it became apparent she may have some internal injuries and she was immediately admitted to the local hospital. A member of staff, a qualified female counselor was provided around the clock until she had recovered enough to return to rescue Junction where she reasons to this day.

One thing I want to tell you is that Pramila wants to help take part in a campaign to bring  more awareness of the childline service and will be visiting schools and colleges with our staff shortly.

Thank you for all of your support in supporting brave children like Pramilla

Sunita

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