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...
Dec 16, 2010

HELPING TO CHANGE LIVES FOR THE BETTER

May I send my very best wishes and thanks to the generous supporters of this important project, along with warm best compliments of the season to you and your familes.

I am pleased to bring you this latest progress report.

Changing the condtion and lives of the poor for the better in the long term takes care planning and resolve but primarily must of course involve those affected every step of the way. This has always been the People First approach because as a small grassroots NGO with years of experience we know the areas in which we can be effective, and can directly help people and thier communities in a way that larger organisations or governments sometimes find difficult.

It is not our intention to crticise others, in many ways government is doing what it can, there is no doubt improvements have been made, but we include the following press report without further comment from the Times of India from July this year,

New Delhi, July 23: In another blow to the Bihar administration, the latest Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report released on Friday has found major irregularities in delivering food grains of over 3,000 quintals, meant for the flood-affected in the state.

The report stated that while on paper it was shown that these food grains were transported for the flood-affected, the audit report reveals that majority of such trucks (through which the foodgrains were transported) did not exist.

The registration numbers mentioned by the district officials in the records books were those of motorcycles and jeeps. The report “apprehends that the government claim of transporting the grain to the flood-affected areas never happened, since the registration numbers of the trucks in the record books appeared to be fake.”

The report suspects that “3115.65 quintal food grains for the flood victims have been misappropriated.”

The report stated that during February 2009, foodgrains for the flood victims were picked up from Mansi railway station.

The government record showed that the foodgrains were lifted by trucks and kept at the godowns at Khagaria, from where they were later distributed to the flood-affected areas.

However, “when checked it was found that majority of the trucks with the registration numbers mentioned in the record books did not exist and others belonged to motorcycles, scooters, jeeps etc...”

The report stated: Following the enquiry, it was being apprehended that the government claim of despatching those foodgrains to the flood hit zones never happened. It is being suspected that 3111.65 quintals of foodgrains have been misappropriated.”

So what have we been doing to help?

The region is still overwhelmingly covered with sand carried by the flood waters,but sparse vegetation has started

We have been distributing through our partners, seeds, seedlings, animals and food stuffs, supporting micro credit and small scale income raising initiatives, helping people build more solid homes and supporting education initiatives.

Our next report will include the latest photographs of work in progress plus a slideshow will be uploaded onto our website.

Once again our heartfelt gratitude for your support,

 

 


Dec 13, 2010

THE GIFT OF WATER

The Gift Of Water, A pump from People First
The Gift Of Water, A pump from People First

Dear Friends and Supporters,

May I send my personal greetings and heartfelt appreciation for your support for this most worthwhile cause.

Due to one particular very generous donation received we were able to install a much needed water pump within seven days of receiving the funds. However any donation of any size which helps us transform the lives of village people by providing that most basic of needs, clean water, is humbly and gratefully accepted. Moreover it is our promise to you that every single rupee is used only for this appeal, and not kept in any account or used for administration. As we mentioned before if you wish to name a pump you have sponosred fully we will provide a small plaque and photographs of that pump. Just let us know at india_peoplefirst@yahoo.com

Due to two failed monsoon in this area, people continue to face problems, even in the towns but especially in the villages, as this recent press report shows

A large part of Bihar is facing scarcity of drinking water due to depletion of groundwater after the failed monsoon 

Official sources in the PHED said that millions of people in Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Munger, Rohtas, Kaimur, Nawada and Bhagalpur districts are facing acute water scarcity as hand-pumps, wells and other water bodies have dried up.

In Gaya, a town about 100 km from here, people are in big trouble because after the depletion of ground water, hand-pumps have gone dry. “It is pathetic for us to live in Gaya town, we have to run since morning till late night in search of water,” said Ejaj Ahmad, a resident of Gewal Bigha in Gaya.

According to latest figures released by Bihar State Groundwater Directorate, the water level has gone down by 30-50 feet in several districts. “The water level has gone drastically down at several places in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Munger and Kaimur,” said official sources in the directorate.

After wells and ponds dried up in rural areas, people in Aurangabad, Gaya, Rohtas and Kaimur districts were forced to sell their cattle at throwaway prices. “We sold five cattle at cheapest rate after we failed to arrange water for them,” said Shiv Prasad, a farmer in Aurangabad.

(From Times of India)

At this festive time may I send to you my very best compliments of the season to you and your family. It is difficult to imagine I know, but suppose you got up next morning and all your taps and faucets went dry?

This is the situation that thousands of people in the villages in which we work face every single day, thank you for helping them change their lives.

Deepak Kumar on behalf of all us at People First

www.peoplefirstindia.net



Dec 10, 2010

THE SAFE HAVEN AT THE END OF THE TRACK

Children at Rescue Junction with new Sweaters!
Children at Rescue Junction with new Sweaters!

May we send our heartfelt thanks and greetings with compliments of the season from Rescue Junction in Bihar. Let me bring you up to date with all the latest news from the project.

During the past weeks many missing children have come through the doors of Rescue Junction, but Rescue Junction is there for other vulnerable groups also. A 20 year old woman,(we shall call her Pramilla, not her real name) was brought to the centre by the Police, very distressed after bieng found alone and crying on the station. We knew she had run away but pramilla was unable to speak and also suffered from deafness, so specialist counselling was required. It turned out Pramilla was being seriously abused by a male relative. On the basis of medical and other evidence criminal charges have now been made against the perpetrator. Our next task was to find some caring relatives to support her, with access to counselling and supervision of her well being, and this has now been arranged.

We often comment in these reports, What would have happened to Pramilla if Rescue Junction wasn't there?

The sad fact is there is no other programme available in the whole district to help her, the need for Rescue Junction is plain to see. The referring Police Officer commented to the Rescue Junction staff, " I cannot think of a safer place for her than here". 

At this festive time please think of the homeless and street children of the world, those abandoned and unloved, who just need someone to care.

Thank you for caring, and helping to keep the centre's doors open to those in need.

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