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 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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Oct 7, 2010

Hunger under the Cloudless Skies

Supporters of People First will be aware of the incredible division between North and South Bihar, between Floods which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and a severe drought which has meant it has been impossible for farmers to plant rice, they have in desperation turned to other crops but with no sure chance of success. Global Giving supporters will also be aware of the sad case of the three orphaned girls (see our latest update on our rescue junction page) whose father was so poor he gave what little food they had to his children and maybe died of starvation, although the government deny this.

What is plain is our health team are seeing increasing malnutrition and hunger due to the failed monsoon amongst children in the villages. This report is from the Hindusthan Times Newspaper.

Bihar Govt in denial over starvation deaths

The Bihar government is unaware of any starvation death in the state. Though Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had recently directed all district magistrates of 38 districts of the state to keep a tab on any case of starvation, it has not received information of even one instance. 

However, the Advisor to the Commissioner of Supreme Court, to monitor the implementation of food-related schemes of the Bihar government, has said in a report there have been 100 starvation deaths in the last three years in the state - based on media reports.

The report was submitted to the Commissioner of the Supreme Court N.C. Saxena on October 16. 

The report, which points to gaping holes in implementation of different schemes, assumes significance as 26 out of 38 districts in Bihar had been declared drought affected.

The state's Minister for Food and Consumer Protection Narendra Singh expressed surprised. "We are not aware of this figure. How can you prove that the deaths were caused by starvation? They might have died due to some disease," he said. 

The situation is serious. Remember a good meal can do much to help and is part of an overall health care programme. It is not given in Isolation.

The photographs show the state of the river outside my house which should be in full flow at this time of year and pictures from the feeding programme. the liitle water in it is only one inch deep.

Global Giving is matching funds on October 12th, up to $500 30%, up to $1000 40% and $1000 to $ 2,500, 50% so this would be a great time to give. And what is the cost of one meal?

One Dollar. Please give up just one lunch this week and donate!

We thank you so much for your support,

Visit our website at www.peoplefirstindia.net

Dry River
Dry River

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