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 26, 2010

Basic foods price rises by 70%

The Joy of a Good Hot Meal!
The Joy of a Good Hot Meal!

Winter has come to the Villages of Bihar. The nights can be bitterly cold for those without proper shelter or warm clothing. Followers of People First on Global Giving will have noticed the successful appeal for Blankets and and warm clothing for the poor, (the winter warmth appeal) which was recently completed, and it still enables the Trust to distribute these life saving items.

But of course a hot healthy meal can play a great part in equipping the poor, (especially children) against the cold, It can strengthen their immune system, ward off illnesses and of course malnutrition, and in conjunction with other interventions by our health team and community workers can really help the poor and their families promote and maintain their well being,

Recently the price of basic food items due to the poor monsoon has reached levels beyond the affordability of the poor.

 The price of Onions has risen to 30 Indian rupees per pound, ( about 75 cents), but these are people who may earn only a dollar a day.  Other vegetables have also increased substantially. The importance of this programme has therefore taking on an even more important role.

You may think what difference one or two healthy meals a week can make to children's health. I can tell you as Health Project Manager it can make a huge difference. These children are undernourished and underfed and underweight. We have seen a marked and huge improvement in their general health since we have been providing these meals.

I would like to thank all of you for your generous support and would like to send my personal greetings to you at this festive time.

You can follow our work at www.peoplefirstindia.net

May you have a great new year!

And Thanks Again,

Sangeeta and the Community Health Team, People First

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Dec 17, 2010

BINOD GOES TO SCHOOL

Binod goes to School
Binod goes to School

Greetings and best compliments of the season to you all!

The CAPS scheme, designed as it is primarily to assist gifted students gain a college education also offers full time residential education in the community for gifted students, and when funds allow, for street and railway children.

From living on the platform with a bleak future ahead of them, to starting an education which will change their lives, this is indeed a wonderful thing.

Liile Binod shown in the photograph, is one such child. Abandoned on the station, now he is full of smiles and hope.

Thank you all for your fantastic support, and please give what you can, no matter how small the donation, IT ALL HELPS!, and we promise you your money will go directly to children to give them an education . An education perhaps in their wildest dreams they thought they would never have, but which they most certainly deserve.

He has been at school for some months now, passing his exams successfully and talking of becoming a teacher himself.

Again Thank You for all your help.

(name has been changed for child protection reasons)

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,

 

 


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