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...
Nov 4, 2014

What happened to my donated dollars?

Studying at Rescue Junction
Studying at Rescue Junction

Hello Everyone!

Well here in India the festivities of Diwali are now over, the weather is pleasantly cool and we are looking to shortly start our annual appeal for warm winter clothing and blankets for street children, so look out for that!

As regular supporters will know Rescue Junction is remarkable for accepting all children in need both boys and girls. I believe it is particularly important because if you look at this project the number of girls homeless or living on the street who diappear once they reach puberty is extremely disturbing.  Our Work at Rescue Junction and this project is designed to stop this from happening in our area .

So are we having success?

What happened to the dollars you donated?

I can tell you from our survey methodology and our important work with the railway and state police plus our work with the district child protection committee, (of which we are a member) the whole landscape for street, trafficked and exploited children has changed dramatically for the better.

So far as this initiative is concerned here is a short letter to you from Diva

( name changed to protect identity)

Namaste everyone!

My name is Diva and I am 13 or 14 years of age.

I am not really sure.

I am so happy to be here at Rescue Junction. My step father used to beat me and I called Childline 1098 and spoke to a kind lady who  asked me to stay where I was and someone will come with an ID card with her photo on it to me within 10 mins. I was desperate and was beaten once too often and I had run away. At Rescue Junction I found many "aunties " and even some uncles who for the first time in my life treated me with respect  and gentle kindness.

I am studying and taking vocational training for the future making soft toys, and I feel so happy I am getting support from people who care about me.

Thank you for helping me.

I feel safe.

Diva

That's where you dollars go everyone, to help girls like Diva.

Thank you all,

Sunita

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Oct 16, 2014

Gracias a todos por lo mucho

Santosh Kumar
Santosh Kumar

Hello Everyone! 

I hope you are well and that all your family are well too.

This report contains a students story, 

As you know our TOP scheme ( The Opportunity Programme)  is not limited to academic ability, but the selection process involves recommendation by teachers , an interview and is very competitive.  We asked Santosh Kumar one of our TOP students to write his story for this  report. Here it is..

"I was born in Bodhgaya, and my family were very poor but I was always interested in my studies, and attended the nearest people first school  from an early age. I had to work at my families market stall selling hats and belts to the tourists and when my father became ill , I had to work even harder.

It was really tough but I am so thankful for all the help and support I got from everyone at People First . I struggled hard, often working late into the night by the light of a lantern, but in-between the market stall and taking responsibility as the oldest son for my father's care, I managed to pass the school leaving examination and I applied for a People First scholarship under the TOP scheme to study full time in Delhi.

My father had improved in his health but there is no way we could afford any kind of further education without help. I got that help , and was able to graduate with a full Diploma in the Spanish language and now I work for an engineering  firm with contracts in South America. I may even be working for a while in Venezuela soon.

 Thank you for all my sponsors , Global Giving,  and everybody here at People First in India for everything you have done for me". 

Santosh Kumar

Please help us change young peoples lives for the better forever.

Naresh Sir ( Education Programme Director)

According to the rules we have changed Santosh's name for the purposes of this report but nothing else has been edited these are is his own words. 

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Oct 9, 2014

Carry on and keep helping!

Sadly  Bihar is not the land of salvation for all.
Sadly Bihar is not the land of salvation for all.

Hello,

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Yes time for another progress report!  In fact the 36th progress report  for this project, the first project people First ever had on global giving over six years ago. At the time of writing this report we have managed to raise over $27,000 towards our target of $50,000 from over 280 separate donations.  Whilst every donation no matter how small is important to us I would like to especially thank our regular supporters (of which there are now quite a few ) for your caring  kindness .

It is now the time of festivals here in India, but of course we never close . it is quite difficult for a small NGO like us to maintain services 24/7- 365 but with your help we have managed to do it and we hope not only to carry on but keep helping for a long time to come.

I can look back at the progress we have made and it is huge. 

Since Rescue Junction became part of the Childline network referrals to the Centre have increased dramatically. In the period January 2012 to April 2014 310 missing children came through the Centre from which over 95% were successfully reunited with their families. These children would almost have certainly slipped through the net (actually there wasn’t even a net previously), and become street children or forced labourers or involved in prostitution. Here are the figures: 310 children rescued (200 boys and 110 girls). However the project reached out to over 1400 children during this period. For the children where it is not possible or safe for them to go home and there is no other suitable guardian children have been placed in full- time residential education (with holidays at Rescue Junction). Vocational training due to tight budgets has been difficult but ten children (six boys and four girls) have received vocational training in subjects as diverse as fridge and air conditioner repairing to crafts. This is a programme we would very much like to expand but we are hampered by lack of sufficient funds to implement a much needed wider programme. 

The project has been fulfilling the duties and responsibilities that should really be undertaken by government at local , state and national levels. Right from the very beginning this was the declared ultimate aim and goal of the project- to develop a child protection framework in the entire district and secure funding for the same The original target was 20 years in order to achieve this goal. It may well be given progress to date this can know be achieved within 12 years of the very simple beginnings of the project.

These are the achievements so far, 

Gaining the contract for Childline services in Gaya (urban) the first government funds ever received by the Trust, the recognition by the State Government which helps the excruciatingly long and convoluted process of trying to gain state government financial support.

 The implementation of existing child protection bodies including the local child welfare committee, (a crucial development) and a child protection committee.

Furthermore it can be seen how closely involved People First have been with this process in that the lawyer the Trust appointed at Rescue Junction as the child protection and legal services officer has been chosen and duly appointed by the government as the chairperson of the first Gaya CWC. All this progress is in no doubt due to the relentless friendly pressure on the government from the Trust to finally put these legal bodies in place which have totally transformed the care and protection options for all local children. 

So thank you all , and I wish you and your families all the best for the festive season.

Take care, with warm best wishes,

Sunita

New T shirts for the children
New T shirts for the children

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