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 5, 2013

I had often wondered where love was

Abandoned girl child at Rescue Junction
Abandoned girl child at Rescue Junction

"Hello everybody,

My name is Shanti.

It means peace.

I spent some time wondering if my life was worth living.

I was not wanted at home, number  four of four girls in my household and my father used to say that's four girls to many.  He wasn't particularly violent, just indifferent. I did not really know a mother's love either she died when I was very young. We learnt to fend for ourselves. There was no school only chores, endless chores.

Then one day when we awoke and our father was no longer there, as if he was ever really there in the first place. I was only 10 years of age.  My sisters were 12, 13 and 15  years old

We lived in what is called a Jopri in India, basically plastic wrapped around a wooden frame, I had never known anything different. We often moved as the police would sometimes come and smash it down . There was no community to care for us. My  eldest sister got an infected sore and died, with my other sisters we did our best to bury her near the railway line. We begged at the station, we were so hungry .

And then everything changed. A women with kindly eyes spoke to us and later came to us with a women police officer, we fell at the officers feet begging her not to arrest us, but the woman said we are here to help and held out her hand. That was one year ago.

I  had often wondered where love was, but I found it for the first time here - at Rescue Junction. I am going to school my sisters are also going but getting some vocational training also. I had never really known how to smile, how to laugh , how different things are now".

shanti

Note from Sunita- these girls stories are not untypical, sadly but thanks to your kindness we can make all the difference in the world. Please look out for further updates on our centre Rescue Runction in a separate project update very soon. We did not think it right thst we put shantis photograph on this report but I have posted a picture of an abandoned girl child admitted to our centre recently. Shanti was interviewed for her story and not only did she give her permission for us to use her story, she demanded that it be told.

"I want people to know" she said,- "how we were saved"  

Sunita

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Dec 4, 2013

This project is now a microproject

Dear kInd supporter

Please be aware that due to seasonal nature of this very important life saving appeal it has been converted into a micro project on Global Giving.

But this is last years final report

Thank you!

And Happy Holiday and festive season!

Wow!

What a fantastic response from all of you.

This appeal seemed to warm the hearts of people as much as it warmed the hundreds of children who received clothing blankets and woolly hats!

Thanks to you we are able to make sure all the children and families who needed these items received them, and hundreds of these items were given.

 Although it is still quiet cool at night here in Bihar during the height of the winter in exceptionally bitterly cold weather our health team, the Rescue Junction team and our teachers made sure that your donations were put to use with immediate effect targeting those most in need.

 Here is just one example -Our outreach team found a group of children huddling together scantly clothed under a railway bridge. They were brought to Rescue Junction where they were treated for hypothermia. Wrapped around in their warm blankets with their new sweaters and hats, and drinking hot soup  we are able to keep them warm and ensure they were no longer suffering.

Out in the villages all the poor children in our schools and in the communities we serve unable to afford warm clothing were provided with them.

On their behalf and hundreds of others , Thank you all

Sunita

PS! - If you are interested in our work at Rescue Junction there is an active appeal on Global Giving with lots of reports. Just search Rescue Junction.


Oct 21, 2013

" Our cycle rickshaw has set us free"

A new cycle RIckshaw
A new cycle RIckshaw

Hi everyone!

Sorry this update is a little late but here it is. I am very pleased to be able to tell you that this stage of our appeal is complete with the purchase of two more cycle rickshaws for two more local BPL ( below the poverty line) families.

Kaliu Manjhi and Arjun Paswan, both of whom have three children received their rickshaws recently at our office, The Averill Centre .

So what does this mean in real terms to their lives? Well obviously both families are extremely poor but as Prasila , one of the wives said, 

"This means a lot to us, my husband already uses a cycle rickshaw to earn a living but in the past we had to rent one. Depending on the different owners we had to pay a fixed rental fee whether he managed to earn enough or not. Our own cycle rickshaw has set us free" 

You can make such a difference as these families are amongst many locally who could be helped so much by this scheme and due to many requests we have started a new appeal for three more cycle rickshaws for needy families on Global Giving which you can find here

www.globalgiving.org/projects/green-riders-moving-out-of-poverty-in-bihar-india

But many thanks to you for supporting these families,

With Best Wishes

 Nick Hansen

People First

KIndness at Work
KIndness at Work

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