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...
Jun 6, 2011

Towards a Better Life

Prince
Prince

Greetings from Bihar,

Here the summer is at its peak and schools and colleges are closed for the summer holidays. Temperatures are reaching up to 111 degrees in the day!

But of course it marks the end of the school and college year and before the summer break it is the time of examinations.

As you know under this scheme we can only sponsor and help the most academically gifted of our students, we really try and give priority to girls.

So how did our students do?

Well first, all the students under the CAPS ( Children's Personal Academic Sponsorship) scheme passed their examinations in their schools.

Prince whose picture is included in this report was taking his school leaving examinations and passed with a 70% first Division Credit.

Remember Sheethal ? She has passed her first exam in accountancy.

In fact not a single CAPS student failed.

I want to make it clear to all supporters the difficulty with student loans, surely I hear you ask are educational loans not available?

The fact is loans (if the student qualifies) are only available after Class 12 level, that is two years after taking their school leaving examinations. There is a reason why quotas in universities in India for the weaker and most backward sections of the community are never filled. How are the very poor to educate their children to the required standard with tuition and support when no assistance is available to them?

Of course every successful CAPS student spells the beginning of the end of not only poverty for them but their entire families. When they marry they will be in a position to educate their own children.

And the first students in full time employment after coming through the CAPS scheme donate 10% of their salary  on a voluntary basis back into the scheme to help others.

Those of who receive our updates regularly know from all of the students stories just how important this programme is and we thank you so much for all your support

Please visit our website, the link is below. 

Naresh

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Apr 18, 2011

Still too many hungry children

Health Project Village in Bihar
Health Project Village in Bihar

Dear Supporters,

Again may I express my thanks for your support for our programme, you can rest assured every single cent is put to good use feeding hungry children.

We hope to post some new photographs very soon.

Here in Bihar the dreaded hot season is approaching, water is becoming even more critical and with the heat comes danger of heatstroke and other diseases. We will continue to do whatever we can with your assistance to help the children.

Please see a very new newspaper report concerning malnutrition.

With heartfelt thanks and kind regards,

Neelam

Widespread malnutrition among children in state

Bihar has 58 per cent malnutrition amongst children which is way above the national average of 36 per cent. Several factors are responsible for high incidence of malnutrition in children which include non-availability of health services, absence of community workers, low institutional delivery and non-access to cheap medicines.

These apart, cultural practices as early marriage and pregnancy that contribute to higher malnutrition rate in the state.

According to the government’s own figures over 20% in certain rural areas are severely malnourished.  

There are other hindrances, too, that include non-access to cheap medicines, low intake of nutritious food, low birth weight babies and non-spacing and anaemia amongst women.

The Times of India

Patna April 2011

Neelam at work
Neelam at work

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Mar 23, 2011

Saving Girls from Sex Trafficking

Sunita Project Manager Gaya Rescue Project
Sunita Project Manager Gaya Rescue Project

Warm Greetings, from all of us at Rescue Junction.

Through all of the regular updates I hope you all have come to understand the very important and unique work of the Gaya Rescue Project. It is remarkable and please forgive me for repeating this fact, that although the State Welfare Department has recognized our work by approving the centre as a place for children in urgent need and distress there is no alternative or other centre or indeed any programme to care for such children in the whole district,actually in the whole of South Bihar. South Bihar has a population of over 40 million people!

Recently the Government Railway Police intercepted a lost and frightened looking girl milling through the crowds on Gaya Station. She had run away from a Brothel, and came from the Northeastern State of Nagaland where she had been purchased for the purpose of prostitution. This girl was no older than 15 years of age.

After being admitted to Rescue Junction it soon became clear she had been working at the brothel for over one month, before in desperation running away, after being beaten for a failed attempted escape after just a few days of her exploitation.

The Police have instituted a criminal case in this matter and the young woman concerned has been found a place at the only centre in the whole state for such girls situated in Patna for the rehabilitation of sex trafficked children.

I wanted to tell you this story because we need your support to help keep this important centre open, a child in need is never turned away.

We send our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to you,

Sunita, Project Manager, from Rescue Junction, Bihar India

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