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...
Aug 5, 2014

Lets fight for the rights of children together!

Just 3 years old and brought for begging
Just 3 years old and brought for begging

Hi Everyone,

My name is Sunita, and I am director of the Rescue Junction project in Gaya in South Bihar India.

I would like to thank you for all for donating so generously to our " from begging to books" programme which raised $999! 

One thing I would like you to know is that if you came to Bodhgaya ( the centre of the Bhuddist world ) in the peak winter season you would find child beggars everywhere. If you came in the off season then the numbers would be reduced. Why? Because of course there are not so many pilgrims or tourists to throw money at them. If nobody gave then the problem would largely go away. Because there is money to be made, (sometimes a lot of money) then criminal elements get involved, and of course begging children earn more. Even better if they are disabled or blind. Look in the extreme right of the photo above and you will see a three year old child brought for begging from Nepal

So what are we doing with your help to stop this?

Firstly community awareness. In the main season we will be giving out leaflets and making lots of posters to explain the pitfalls of giving to begging children. Secondly we are working with the police to get them off the streets. Thirdly for those in genuine difficulty with your funds we are providing shelter and education Fourthly we are helping in bringing Justice to those who organise child begging. And finally we are encouraging anyone to phone the toll free childline number 1098 if they see child begging or anything that gives them concern.

Please help us continue this work as the appeal has been continued on Global Giving here

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/from-begging-to-books-in-bodhgaya-india/

Lets fight for the rights of children together!

You can keep up to date with all our work on twitter at https://twitter.com/childrenofbihar

and FB at             

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With Thanks again,

Sunita

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Jul 16, 2014

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough!
Enough is Enough!

Hi Everyone,

Greetings from India, from Bihar and from Rescue Project! ,its Sunita here with another update

Here the monsoon rains have been playing hide and seek, but the heat and humidity have not.  

Well so much to tell you all really.  Please see the picture of some of the children taking out a rally on  World day against  Child Labour Day   . As one of the children said "lets wake a few people up" "We won't be silent any more about child labour"

We are all looking forward to welcoming some volunteers from the United Kingdom shortly for the Annual volunteer programme. The children will paint and do music classes with them and also teach some English and the children will teach them some Hindi!

Since the last report  many children have come through  our doors, those who simply got lost, those found employed as child labour, those who have run away from home because of abuse, and those who simply don't  have another place to go. For these children, and others our doors are always open,

We need to raise $5,000 dollars to expand our work to reach more children by extending our already successful outreach programme . Your support is so much appreciated, every donation no matter how small helps us  provide the services so desperately needed.

Thank You All!!,

Sunita

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Jun 16, 2014

Doing a big good thing for a below the poverty line family

A Brand New Rickshaw
A Brand New Rickshaw

Hi Everyone!

Greetings from Bihar India, where we wish the rains would come and give us all relief from the summer heat. Everyone comes out after sunset or in the early morning and this is when cycle rickshaw drivers make their money.

As the father of one family told us, " yes we make more in the winter season of course but there is work for us all year round, the extra income really helps us have a better diet and send our children to school. Before we had to rent a rickshaw, now we have our own . We could not get a loan easily but the one time chance of owning our own rickshaw and increasing  our family income by as much as 1000 rupees a week ( about $16.00) makes all the difference in the world to us".

For all the advances India has made in recent times, millions live in abject poverty.

It is a rare chance in life that means simply by the donation of  one rickshaw you can genuinely and significantly improve the circumstances and situation of a below the poverty line family.

On behalf of all of the families you have helped we send our heartfelt gratitude to you,thanks so much for your support.

Deepak

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