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...
Mar 18, 2014

The wheels of progress

Appeal Beneficiary in Bodhgaya
Appeal Beneficiary in Bodhgaya

Hi Everyone,

I am Deepak and I am the chairman of People First. I like this rickshaw appeal. It fits in perfectly with our approach of self help by giving a helping hand so others can help themselves . I know you are aware of just how much poverty there is here in Bihar, these cycle rickshaws are not for  those living  below the poverty line to earn a little extra. They help for the necessities of life. BPL families earn only a very few dollars a day and so the extra they can earn with a cycle rickshaw helps a very great deal.

I will give you example, now is the big colorful festival of Holi here in Bihar. Just before the holiday the mother of one of the families came to see me to show her children in their brand new clothes. This is what she said to me,

"Before we had the rickshaw we couldn't really afford to buy new clothes for our children, this is the first festival we could, because we saved a little from our rickshaw money that we can do this. I just came to thank you".

But you should know kind friend and supporter , the children were dressed in new school uniform, because the extra money made education possible for her children.

I send her thanks onto you,  and let's hope we can get just a little more so we buy another cycle rickshaw for another family.

Thank you all.

 Please note- we will be re-designating  this appeal as a micro project in the near future.






Mar 10, 2014

The evil of child marriage

Education is Everything
Education is Everything

Hi Everyone!

Its update time again and I thought  I would ask a girl student at one of our village schools to tell us about her experiences. The students name is Ruby ( we have actually changed the name for privacy reasons), but the words are entirely her own.

"I am  14 years old and I live in Dhobi a small village in south Bihar India. I am the only girl in a family of four children, and my father is a farmer.  I want everyone to know if were not for the girls community education scheme run by People First I would not be at school today. I study in class 7. The programme supports girls who wish to study by providing free education on the condition the parents sign a bond undertaking not to marry them or disturb their education in anyway . Because of this I am the first girl to be educated in my family. 

 As part of the community awareness programme encouraging girls to become educated  recently with our parents we watched a video of a girl from the Yemen who had run away from forced marriage . We applauded her courage!

Sadly this is a problem here too, that is why we need this programme so much.  It is so important. It is our lives.

Thank you for all your help"

By helping this programme you can directly reach out to girls like Ruby. One students education in this programme (in  full time day school) costs only $190 per year.

In our area of work  one in two women cannot read or write. 

 We send our heartfelt appreciation to all of you,


Supporting girls at School
Supporting girls at School


Mar 3, 2014

Opening the door to a better future.

The new computers arrive!
The new computers arrive!

Well after a long campaign the generous GlobalGiving donors made it all happen!

After a long period we now have the computers to restart computer training free of cost  to students below the poverty line  at The Averill Centre here in Bodhgaya, India

If I can remind you the course we offer is not home made. It is an approved government course that carries with it full recognition of the qualifying certificate everywhere in India.

I will let one of our students, Pramilla (name changed in order to meet GlobalGiving privacy Standards) explain just what this means to her.

"For a long time we came to the Averill Centre to look at the big "thermometer" on the office wall to see how much had been raised towards our new computers. If the thermometer had gone up we cheered, we were sad when it had not. Well we are all feverishly excited now as the course we have been waiting for a long time is now about to start"

I come from a very poor background but due to the support from People First I completed my education, but without computer skills nobody will give us Job. This course will open the door to the world of employment for me, and change my life and my family's life so much for the better".

Pramilla Kumari

Age 17

So thank you all so much, look out for further updates on our FB page, the link is below, and have a great year!



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