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 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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    Oct 4, 2010

    Change a Life for a Whole Family

    This is copy of a section of a report commissioned by a supporting organization concerning the CAPS scheme. It illustrates the enormous life changing effect of the programme and its inspiring effect for all our students

    CAPS programme

    We are full of admiration for the student sponsorship programme facilitated by PFECT. Due to the high level of funding required it is inevitable that the number of students it can currently hope to serve is limited. However, in our eyes it serves several key purposes of benefit for the students it serves and the students who are aiming for it: it is a highly aspirational goal for students to aim for; it is highly competitive and thus a strong motivation for students to succeed at lower levels of education; it clearly has the power to genuinely transform lives; and finally, it creates a sense of positive identity between the students and PFECT. In short, it is everything that education should be.

      Although an expensive programme with limited numbers, we feel that wherever possible it should continue. Whilst demanding a high ratio of financial resources , we feel the aspirational example of the CAPs students to current school students, in addition to the life-changing benefits to the CAPs students, is of immeasurable importance.

       As such we think that PFECT could capitalize on the success stories of both current and former CAPs students in a more visible way in the village schools to promote maximum aspiration. Whilst it is unrealistic for every school student to progress to further education, the profile and awareness of the success stories seemed limited within the village schools.

     Investigate possible avenues of targeted fundraising or corporate sponsorship (both in the UK and India) to secure necessary funding for the time length required. For example, produce CAPS-specific literature with a full breakdown of the current monthly costs required to be circulated wherever possible. Additionally, given this requirement for sustained funding, such targeted fundraising should be openly advertised as being for restricted/designated funds over a minimum time-span to ensure a student can complete their full course without jeopardizing other aspects of PFECT’s work.

    From October 12th will be matching funds up to 50% on a $1000 donation. Thank you for your support and help, change a child's future and their children's futures for ever.

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