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...
Jul 15, 2011

Making sure help gets to those who need it

Deepak in the flooded fields of North Bihar
Deepak in the flooded fields of North Bihar

As promised here is an update of our work helping those affected by flooding in North Bihar.

As you know we do not work in the flood affected areas, but we are able to help in the most effective way by working at village level with very small grass roots organizations located within these stricken communities.

Long term assistance includes loans and grants to start up small business, the gift of animals, the strengthening of defenses at a local level, helping make village dwellings stronger and ensuring access to basic medical care.

I traveled personally to supervise the distribution of much needed aid materials; again it seems the government is slow to respond to urgently needed aid.

These people although there has been work to secure flood defenses live in daily fear of losing their homes, their livestock and even their lives.

They are teetering on the brink of another major disaster. Let us hope and pray this time it can be averted.

I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for this worthy cause,

Please our website and Facebook page, the links are below.

With best wishes to you and thanks,

Deepak

Aid including mosquito nets to  prevent malaria
Aid including mosquito nets to prevent malaria

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Jul 14, 2011

Another lost child goes home safely

Going Home
Going Home

Greetings to all our supporters!

The worst of the summer heat has gone but the welcome dmonsoon rains have faltered.

Here at Rescue Junction, lost and missing children continue to come to the centre and a little deaf boy who cannot remember how he got to Gaya was recently united with his family. We continue our rehabilitation efforts for all children at the centre.

Please visit our Facebook page and our website for more information, the links are below.

We also plan to hold a forum with other organisations working in other areas with street, missing, and homeless children which we will host at our Gyan Vikas Centre in Bodh Gaya.

We are also looking forward to welcoming volunteers on our Village Experience programme which will start shortly.

And we now have a new computer due to a donation received from the UK.

I would like to thank you as ever for your wonderful support for Rescue Junction.

On behalf of all of the children we send our heartfelt appreciation to you

Sunita

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Jul 5, 2011

Bihar’s food security situation alarming,

Welcome food at Dadpur Village
Welcome food at Dadpur Village

Greetings to all our friends and supporters.

I would like to start with the good news. The monsoon has come and so far it is better than last year here in South Bihar. This will hopefully continue as a third of drought would be disastrous.

It is easy to imagine perhaps that India as a growing economic power is having an effect on alleviating poverty. That everybody can now afford the food they need, the housing and are receiving good medical care and education.

Please consider this report from an expert appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate hunger here in Bihar,

More than half of Bihar’s 100 million population is malnourished, while 70 percent of women and children below the poverty line (BPL) are anemic, a Supreme Court-appointed official said in a report Thursday.

“About 55 percent of the population is malnourished and 70 percent women and children below the poverty line are anemic,” said a report by Rupesh, state adviser to the commissioner of the Supreme Court-appointed committee to monitor the implementation of food-related schemes.

According to state government estimates, Bihar has 1.45 crore BPL families. However, the central government puts the figure at 65 lakh.

The report said that drought and flood have further aggravated the situation, with farmers and landless workers being forced to migrate to cities to look for jobs.

Bihar has been hit by severe drought for two consecutive years. In 2009, 26 of the 37 districts were declared drought hit. Last year, the state government declared all districts as drought hit.

“Implementation of the welfare schemes, health scheme and work schemes have not been accelerated, resulting in deterioration in the condition of the poor.”

“Our survey of status of the implementation of schemes like integrated child development scheme, mid-day meal scheme, the public distribution system, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme….in 33 villages of seven districts shows that the government’s efforts to check malpractices are not sufficient,” the report added.

The report added that the agriculture sector has been neglected, though over 80 percent population is dependent on it for sustenance.

“Apart from major leakages and corruption, the coverage of government food schemes is so meagre that they leave huge gaping holes in the social security net, through which large numbers of most destitute people slip into starvation and hunger,” said Rupesh.

This report indicates only too clearly the reality of the situation here in the villages of Bihar. We can only do what we can locally promoting good health care practices treating malnutrition and giving a warm healthy protein rich meal.  

Please help us in our efforts.  It really does make a difference.

Please visit our Facebook page

www.facebook.com/pages/People-First-India/106083302779969 (but the Link is below)

and our website which also has direct links to Global Giving.

Thank you so much for all your support

 


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