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...
Aug 6, 2009

Help rushed to flood areas

PATNA: AUGUST 2009

Around one hundred thousand people were affected as the swollen Bagmati breached its embankment near Tajpur in Bihar's Sitamarhi district on Saturday, prompting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to order a high-level probe into the breach and deployment of National Disaster Response Force personnel.

The river breached its embankment in a stretch of 40 - 50 metres at Tajpur under the Runnisayedpur block, inundating vast areas and several villages in eight panchayats of the district, official sources said.

As reports of swirling waters of Bagmati breaching the embankment reached him, Kumar held a high-level meeting with state Water Resources minister Vijendra Yadav, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) M R Nayak, besides Principal Secretary (Disaster Management) and other senior officials. He ordered immediate deployment of NDRF in the affected areas to step up relief and rescue operations, an official spokesman said.

The NDRF personnel would reach the site within hours with necessary equipment, the spokesman said.

Kumar said the breach repair works were being carried out by the experts, including the engineers of the flood-fighting cells, on a "war-footing".

An estimated one lakh people were hit by the floods, the sources said, adding reports of four to five children being swept away in the swift currents were being verified.

Road communication between Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi was likely to be affected as flood waters submerged the National Highway near Koati, about 17 km from here, they said.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that the breach occurred due to digging near the embankment last night and the river swelled over a period of time .because of sharp erosions.

Flood fighting continued at the breach-site and the engineers expected to plug the breach shortly, they said.

Divisional Commissioner, Tirhut, S M Raju, District Magistrate Sitamarhi and other senior officials reached the spot to oversee the relief and rescue operations.

The Water Resources Minister accompanied by Principal Secretary of the department and disaster management officials, air dashed to Sitamarhi to take stock of the situation. The victims had never thought that life after being rescued from the flood waters would become so difficult. ‘‘Babu, hum logon ko dekhne wala koi nahin (there’s no one to look after us),’’ says Anju Devi, 38, Both the Central and state governments have failed to provide adequate succour to Kosi flood victims.

That they have been left to fend for themselves after PM Manmohan Singh described the Kosi flood as a national disaster, is all the more galling. Initially, the state government set up mega relief camps. But, these did not last beyond a month. Although district officials have repeatedly refuted the charge of driving the flood victims out of the relief camps and claimed that the camp inmates vacated the camps ‘‘voluntarily’’, eyewitnesses at Saharsa claimed that the administration had stopped giving them food and asked them to return where ‘‘government relief’’ was being given.

Jul 19, 2009

What the centre means to us

Our Centre
Our Centre

My name is sheetal. I am I think 16 years old as my mother tells me 16 rainy seasons have passed since I was born. We have seen our Global Giving page on a computer brought from the people first office and we are all so thankfull and grateful so many kind people are caring and helping us. Life in my village is sometimes hard we do not have electricity and sometimes food is short. I was married two years ago and I am lucky because my husband is kind to me and gives me permission to go to the market and sewing centre. But some other members are not so lucky, but under pressure from all of us we get their husbands not to object to thier wives coming to the centre. Here we are learning a useful skill but this is the only place we can meet as women in friendship and in mutual support. We are now stopping drunken behaviour from the men, we have patrolled the village with 35 of us forcing the local drinking shop to close, now drunken beatings are a thing of the past and our village is more peaceful and we feel more secure. On behalf of all the women I would like to invite you to visit our village and see our centre, and we can thank you personally for making it all possible

Jun 29, 2009

Preparing for next winter

Again the Trust would like to thank you for all of your kindness in supporting this important appeal. We are preparing for next winter by purchasing blankets and sweaters at cheaper prices. There is no doubt that this appeal saves lives every year. For example the trust distributed over 300 small warm blankets and little woollen hats to babies of desperately poor families, with a bigger one for the mother.

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