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...
May 22, 2014

I don't like Sundays- educate a girl today!

Girls at Dhobi Village Community School
Girls at Dhobi Village Community School

Hello Everyone,

Here in Bihar, summers here with our schools only open in the early morning as temperatures are reaching  111F by mid afternoon.

As part of the TOP programme here is a letter written by a girl on our community education programme. Each place costs only $25 a month for school fees, support services and books. We have changed the name only, the letter is unedited, but translated from Hindi.

Hello Global Giving Supporters,

Respected greetings to you from my village school in Dhobi, Bihar, India

I don't like Sundays.

Why?

Because there is no School.

Sometimes it's very difficult for girls to get education here in the villages of India. Many get married.

 I refused.

I told my parents I would run away if they tried to marry me before I got a basic and decent education. And yes I want to work, even after I am married. I want to be free and independent . I cannot do any of this without and education but I am poor. Here at the school, they teach us a song called let me go and learn, it is a song we sing to our parents. It says I will do my chores, I will  help in the house, but let me study.

I want you know that I cannot do this alone, if it were not for the support of the girls community education programme, part of the TOP scheme ( the opportunities programme ) . It is not just the financial help I get, it is the support offered to me and the counseling of my parents that makes all the difference .

Please support this appeal so People First can help more girls like me.

from Diya  class 8 Dhobi village school( age 14)

Thank you all once again,

Naresh

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May 15, 2014

Lost and Found

Safe in the arms of parents
Safe in the arms of parents

Hello Everyone !

Its time for another progress report from Rescue Junction here in Bihar. This as usual is Sunita the project director reaching out to you all with so much thanks and appreciation for all your support.

Things as usual again have been busy here at the centre. Since I last wrote to you over 50 missing or lost children have come through the doors from 6 to 16 years old. These include rescued child laborers , a mentally challenged girl, runaways due to abuse, and some who were simply lost . We are very careful about giving out personal details but the picture above shows a little girl being reunited with her parents who had thought they had lost her forever. ( all photographs are used with full consent).

Because of our policy of never turning away any child and we would never send any child into a dangerous or abusive situation, given the lack of a social services framework, and no foster parents available our limited resources are always stretched. 

It costs  $100 a week to look after each residential child at the centre, but of course we have many other services and we never close. That's why your support is so important. I can hear you ask, well Ok, but what about family services, or government provision? There isn't any. There's just us in this area. Clearly we need to address meeting children's immediate needs ,whilst raising community awareness, and engaging with the State government to get them to accept responsibility for the care of children in the State, we are doing all of these things. We have made progress but this is a slow train, please help us reach our goal of making the whole district a much safer place for so many children., Here we are determined to continue to do our very best to make this happen.

I will leave you with the comment from the mother of the child in the photo made to us,

"I thought we had lost her, every day I wept and prayed, now my tears are only of Joy"

With Best Wishes,

Sunita

 

 

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May 14, 2014

A message from Hope

Other Girls at The Centre
Other Girls at The Centre

Namaste Everyone,

This is Sunita Sharma and it's time for another report from Rescue Junction regarding our special initiative for girls here at the centre. I promised in the last report something from one of the girls living here and taking part in this important programme, here it is,

I am 15 years old. When my mother died, when I was 13, my father started to rape me. Like many of the other girls here, people wonder why on earth did you not complain? But complain to who?, I was not sure anyone would listen. And you start to blame yourself.

At that time the free toll number Childline 1098 did not exist in our area, like many other children have done since, I would have dialed it. The call comes to Rescue Junction and is staffed 24 hours every day.  But that was not an option then. They would have taken action immediately.

I was so desperate I went to the train lines near the railway station and I was thinking to throw myself under a train. But another girl saw me crying and she told me that there is a place where people can help. A place where I would be safe. I could not believe her but in a nervous way I went with her to the centre called Rescue Junction and I am still here after one year. First it was a relief to be away from my father, and I cried with relief so much. But they have a special thing here for girls where we sit together with staff and  when I was ready make a plan for the future. We are taught craft skills making soft toys but it is more than that- we are giving the confidence and support to plan for our future. My father is not allowed to see me or go anywhere near me due to the court.  I have no other sisters, and my one brother is in Delhi.

I am also learning to read and write to a much better standard, to know about bank accounts and managing my own finances in the future , many things.

I cannot give my real name so I decided to use the name below.

Please help girls like us,

 Hope

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