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 7, 2015

Taking children off the streets and back to school

Child found begging
Child found begging

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 and I want you to know it enabled us to expand the scope and scale of the project significantly . From our surveys we can measure a more than 70% reduction in child beggars , with organised group begging almost wiped out locally.  We are not claiming our Job is done , of course not there remains much to be done  because poverty leads to so much desperation and exploitation. Dozens of Children have rejoined mainstream education.  

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

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/send-child-beggars-to-school-in-bodhgaya-india/

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,

"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.

 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.

 Thank you all so much,

Deepak

 PLEASE DON"T FORGET THAT ON MAY 13TH EVERY ELIGIBLE DONATION will be matched by Global Giving

 

In Bodhgaya
In Bodhgaya

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May 5, 2015

Your Help means so much

Our Sewing Centre- bringing women together!!
Our Sewing Centre- bringing women together!!

HI!

My name is Pramilla and I have been asked to write something about our centre .

I am so pleased to do so for you,

 "My family is very poor and life is a struggle. Before our sewing centre came to our village it was difficult to see any hope that things could get better. Now the women and young girls are strong together and we have a chance to make some money for our children and families through our own efforts. Before I felt afraid and alone.

Now my life has changed so much for the better".

"Thank you for helping us."

"Our sewing centre means so much to us all- please help us find our independence in a world where women have to struggle in so many ways, your help and kindness means so very much

Pramilla (mother of five children). I am about 35 Years of age.

NOTE FROM OFFICE

This was translated from Hindi but is unedited . Please kindly note the bonus day on May 13th.

PLEASE MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY AS YOUR DONATION WILL GO MUCH FURTHER!!

$150 buys one sewing machine, and we do need more for the women.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

 

 

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Apr 23, 2015

Innocence lost and found

Children at Rescue Junction
Children at Rescue Junction

Hello Everyone.

Namaste to you and your family.

My goodness me, summer is coming and temperatures are on the rise daily, already reaching 100F

Here at Rescue Junction we have been as busy as always.

And I am excited to tell you of our new initiative "Operation Innocence"  we are running with the police and other law enforcement agencies in rescuing underage girls from commercial sex abuse.  Regular readers of our updates will know we have always done this, but now we have an organised  programme . I am happy to tell you all that just a week before acting on information received several underage girls were rescued from a guest house in Bodhgaya  where they were being used for sex and several arrests were made. They are  now receiving counselling under the programme so many of you have supported .

As one girl said,

"I began to think I had been totally abandoned , who and from where was going to help me?, to bring me out of hell. Then suddenly a golden window opened and I was free.

Every night I prayed for such a release. It has come and I am here. For the first time for as long as I can remember I feel safe"

 Thank you for all for your support.

Sunita

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