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...
Mar 8, 2011

Sheetals Story- Educating Girls and Changing Lives

Sheethal
Sheethal

My name is Sheetal. I am 16 years of age. I have 2 brothers and I live in a small dwelling by the main road in Gaya India. My family is very poor and my mother works cleaning houses for about 50 Rupees a day.( Note about $1.10 cents). My father is too ill to work. I was lucky to go a People First School and get an education, but with my brothers being small I also need to help the family.

People First gave me a wonderful chance under the CAPS programme, and because of my situation found a part time work experience and job training opportunity in the People First Office where I am learning bookeeping and accounting. But due to support from the CAP's programme I also want to do do a Basic Diploma in Computing skills.

If it were not for the People First Staff counselling my parents to allow my education to go forward I would probably be married now with no real future .

I want to say these opportunities given by People First to myself and many others are our way out from a life without hope.

Thank you for all your help and I ask you on behalf of all of the students in this fantastic programme, please help us, against the odds, to make our dreams come true.

 

NOTE  This was translated from Hindi and is unedited.

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Feb 14, 2011

New Hope and a new life

Going to a new life
Going to a new life

Greetings to all our supporters, we hope this update finds you well

Do you remember two very small girls were found abandoned on the station on two separate occasions?

After extensive efforts including a lot of publicity we were unable to locate their families, sadly it seems as if they were left on purpose. Rescue Junction cared for them whilst efforts were made to secure their future.  We are very pleased to be able to tell you places were found in an adoption home and the two girls will soon be in a new loving Indian family .

Meanwhile the children recently celebrated the festival of the god of education with prayers and sweets.

But of course  getting missing children home is only part of the centres role, look out for our next newsletter which will show Dev Nandan a regular attender at Rescue Junction who lost an arm in a train accident (as railway children often run the risk of such injuries), opening his new air conditioner repair shop after undergoing vocational training.

All this is due to the support of people like you.

With Best Wishes and thanks to you all,

Sunita

Feb 10, 2011

IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE GOING TO BED HUNGRY

Kanjiar Kindergarten
Kanjiar Kindergarten

Greetings to all our supporters.

The very high food inflation continues to hit the poor very hard. although they may work on the land in the villages the land does not often belong to them and even if they own a little of their own the drought means they are unable to plant crops . As a response the trust has started giving high energy and protein biscuits at our kindergarten situated in a very poor village.

This from the National Press illustrates the scale of the problem,

NEW DELHI: Rising food prices has hit the government's food scheme targeted at children below six years. States including Assam, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Bihar have not been able to give supplementary nutrition to children regularly because of inflation while others have downgraded to dry rations instead of hot cooked meals. In a meeting with the Centre on Friday, states demanded that the cost of supplementary nutrition programme be linked with consumer price index.

Women and child development (WCD) ministry representatives said that nearly all states had been adversely hit by inflation and were unable to satisfy demands for supplementary nutrition under the integrated child development scheme ( ICDS). WCD minister Krishna Tirath said, "We will consider the issue and also that of raising the honorarium for anganwadi workers." There is no end to rising food prices in India. Food inflation rose to 15.57 per cent for the period ended January 15, on account of spiraling vegetable prices. Vegetable prices rose by 67.07 per cent on an annual basis. Onions have turned out to be the costliest vegetable. It rose by a whopping 111.58 per cent year-on-year, thus, showing that government initiatives like export ban were not effective. On an annual basis, prices of fruits went up by 16.40 per cent while milk became expensive by 12.44 per cent. Prices of egg, meat and fish went up by 13.58 per cent year-on-year.

Imagine what it would be like going to bed hungry. No food or supplementary nutrition is reaching this children from government sources, only wit your kind help we are trying to do what we can.

Please kindly help us respond to this crisis. with thanks to you all

Neelam

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