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...
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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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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