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...
May 28, 2010

Water that blinds children,please help us prevent this

As this recent press report shows even after the installation of water pumps, it is far from the end of the story, The deep water pumps which go so far to help childrens health and improve the quality of life of villagers installed by People First, are regulary checked for purity, unlike the government pumps.The deeper you drill, the more likely the water will be pure.

Bhojpur (Bihar), May 23 (ANI): Press Report Even as many people in the country are having a tough time to get a proper water supply this summer, many children in various parts of Bihar’s Bhojpur district has developed physical deformities due to contaminated water. The water in the region allegedly contains elements such as arsenic.

The available water in this region has become a curse, as dozens of children are born here with several physical deformities; missing limbs or partial or complete blindness.

At least 30 children have been born blind in the past few years alone here.

There are many villages in the district where people are suffering from such congenital birth defects.

Lamenting callousness of the local authorities, members of the affected families narrate their plight.

"The child was born blind. It is due to the consumption of water containing arsenic. The government has taken no action regarding this. There is a bore-well in our village and we don't know why it is happening. The government is not paying attention to our problems," said Manjay Singh, father of a blind child.

Some villagers say that there has been no help forthcoming despite visit by some researchers to test the water.

According to local authorities, anything causing this problem in the region can be confirmed only after a thorough investigation.

"Whether it is due to the presence of arsenic in water or something else that is causing such deformities, it can only be found once it is investigated. It can also be due to lead that is found in water. It can also be that arsenic and lead are not present in the water and there are other reasons to it. It is an illness in itself and a developmental effect," said Kawshal Kishor Labh, the Civil Surgeon of Arrah city in Bhojpur district.

Doctors say that the number of children having congenital defects due to arsenic contamination in water may be much higher than presently known.

Water contamination by elements such as arsenic, sulphur, phosphorus, etc., in many parts of rural India has caused defects, deformities and chronic ailments in the locals.

According to a 1999 study by America's National Academy of Sciences, arsenic in drinking water causes bladder, lung and skin cancer, and may cause kidney and liver cancer. The study also found that arsenic harms the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as heart and blood vessels, and causes serious skin problems. It also may cause birth defects and reproductive problems.(ANI)

Please help us provide good water, something we take for granted in the west, and thank you for your support so far!

May 27, 2010

Help still very much needed

Have you noticed how when a disaster happens anywhere in the world every TV News channel gives it wall to wall saturation coverage only for the demands of instant 24 hour coverage to replace it with something else and the disaster is hardly heard of again. But the people affected need long term consistent help, long after the cameras have left and attention shifted from thier plight.

Global Giving helps very much in keeping the needs of disaster affected people in peoples minds.

If Bihar was a country it would be the sixth poorest in the world. the North suffers from annual floods, as the rivers in the Himalyas to the north empty in the plains. South of the ganges, droughts are common and there is a chronic shortage of clean water.

Working closely with local communities we have helped villagers build raised concrete flood shelters, to keep thier familes and thier animals safe in times of high water. The monsoon is approaching again.

Medicines have been distributed and the installation of new deep water pumps in flood affected villages has given acces to clean water.The provision of animals to families to give them a source of income, and the replacement of mud walls with brick are all important measures.

Grants for very small but important micro enterprises even something as simple as a small shop can change lives for the better by providing a family with a source of income.

And also providing technical assistance at a village level to build natural barriers around low lying land, and to build plnths for houses raising them above flood levels are all effective preventative measures for the future.

Another update with photographs will follow within four weeks.

Thank you for your wonderfull support and these forgotten people really do need and appreciate your help.

We also intend to update our website with details of our flood relief work in the near future,

www.peoplefirstindia.net

Apr 26, 2010

A BIG THANK YOU

Our Sewing Centre
Our Sewing Centre

We are the women and young girls of a village sewing centre and we we wanted to thank you all for thinking about and helping us. Through your help we have got new machines, cloth and equipment and we feel secure in the knowledge that our centre will run and provide a very nice place for us to meet and learn together.

This is important to us all, we do not have such opportuntites to meet and support each other.

There are 35 women at our centre and we all send our grretings ands heartfelt appreciation to you all,

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