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...
Jan 16, 2014

Warm Hearts bring comfort for poor children

Winter Warmth for Poor Children
Winter Warmth for Poor Children

My name is Deepak Kumar and I am Chairperson of People First.

May I wish you all the very best for 2014. 

Well what a really great response!

The Global Giving community responded with warm and generous hearts and we were able to immediately purchase and distribute hundreds of items of warm clothing to those most in need of them. I want to extend on everybody's behalf my sincere thanks to you. I want to make clear that we do not have advertised giveaways of blankets inviting some politician to indiscriminately distribute blankets as some kind of photo op. Our experienced staff both in the villages and at our center for homeless children know very well the  children and families in need and they make sure they get the warm clothing they so desperately need with the minimum of fuss and as soon as possible.

We have seen on the news the bitterly cold weather you have had on the east coast of America recently .  We hope everybody there especially the homeless managed to keep warm there too! But the cold here is also dangerous, it a damp invasive cold and imagine if you did not have a sweater or socks or even any sandals on your feet how horrible it would feel? These are the children we provided thanks to your kindness with life saving warm clothing and thick woolen blankets. Here the houses have no heating at all .

The Senior Nurse on our Health Project told me how they had visited a shack in a slum dwelling where there were burning plastic to try and keep warm , After very hardly telling them how harmful the fumes were she then gave all the children a warm blanket . The mother broke into tears and told her,- it's a struggle to eat some days , but we could never afford such thick woolen blankets, my children were shivering and crying from the cold - Thank you so much!!!!

With Best Regards and much appreciation,

Deepak

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Dec 20, 2013

The wheels of freedom

Green Rider in Bodhgaya
Green Rider in Bodhgaya

I am Arjun.

Thanks to People First I got my own rickshaw and no longer have to hire one every day. I am earning more than I expected. I realize it is the main season here in Bodhgaya, but I can provide much better food for my own family now

 But its more than that.

People First don't just give us a rickshaw and forget us. I have received classes in basic English, this does increase my earnings because foreigners do give more. I ask only the going rate from them because that is only fair and we have received guidance about the right way to behave,  but in their currency I think it is quite a small amount, and sometimes I get generous tips. One person gave me a whole 100 rupees extra , we had chicken in our dwelling that day!

But it is more than that, being your own boss, earning your own money, and now People First have told me they will pay half the cost of day education for my children in a good private school as long as I send my daughter as well as my son. This is the first time anybody received an education in my family, I hope this is a new beginning for all of us.

And it started with my rickshaw.

Thank You.

Arjun.

The following was based on an interview with Arjun and his comments are unedited . Arjun understands why we asked him to tell his story and he has given his full consent. For the record 100 rupees is one UK pound or a dollar and 40 cents. The cost of educating Arjun's children in day school comes to about fifteen dollars a month. from these figure i an sure you can appreciate just how far your money can go here in India, and just what a difference it can make to someone's life.

Thank you so much, and please accept our very best compliments of the season.

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Dec 11, 2013

I was born on a night without the moon

Surrender
Surrender

Hello Everyone!

This is Naresh the education director of People First  Educational Charitable Trust (PFECT) with our update.  Firstly may I wish you all the very best for the festive season and I hope everything is well with you. .

As you all know the TOP  The Opportunities Programme is a wide ranging scheme and we give our solemn undertaking that single cent or penny which we receive from global giving from this appeal which goes to support this programme will go towards the children's education. Children like our youngest student, surrender ( aged about 9) who was interviewed by his teachers about being a TOP student.

I promised in the last report a report from a student and here it is below,

Firstly I want to say I understand that other people many kilometers away are helping children like me , so I am very happy to tell you about myself . It is my wish to do so. My name is Surrender . I am from a village about 30km from Bodhgaya.

I do not know my exact age.

 But my mother told me I was born on a night without the moon. There is no electricity in my village, nor a school so I spent the days playing and looking after our goats. Then my father died. I don't know why. He was sick, and then he was gone. My mother could no longer care for me and I was sent to live with an uncle who was unkind to me. But then in the village I sometimes went (if my uncle allowed) to a People First School in the village.  

Then I think six months (I do not really know) before someone came from Bodhgaya and they talked a lot with my teachers before they asked me, Do you want to come to Bodhgaya to study?,- you can choose a school.  I went the next day with my teacher. Now I am so happy. I now stay with my mother on my holidays and the staff here told me my Uncle was no longer permitted to see me because a judge has given order. I feel a very fear gone from me. I have just got a new sweater and scarf and shoes and I am loving the study.

Thank You for helping me and other children like me

Surrender

This report was compiled using some written input and an Interview with Surrender.

As always thanks for your support.

It costs $850.00 a year for Surrenders full time residential education, or $70 ( or 50GBP a month)

With compliments of the season,

Naresh Sir

 

Surrender finished top of his class in his exams
Surrender finished top of his class in his exams

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