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 15, 2014

Lost and Found

Safe in the arms of parents
Safe in the arms of parents

Hello Everyone !

Its time for another progress report from Rescue Junction here in Bihar. This as usual is Sunita the project director reaching out to you all with so much thanks and appreciation for all your support.

Things as usual again have been busy here at the centre. Since I last wrote to you over 50 missing or lost children have come through the doors from 6 to 16 years old. These include rescued child laborers , a mentally challenged girl, runaways due to abuse, and some who were simply lost . We are very careful about giving out personal details but the picture above shows a little girl being reunited with her parents who had thought they had lost her forever. ( all photographs are used with full consent).

Because of our policy of never turning away any child and we would never send any child into a dangerous or abusive situation, given the lack of a social services framework, and no foster parents available our limited resources are always stretched. 

It costs  $100 a week to look after each residential child at the centre, but of course we have many other services and we never close. That's why your support is so important. I can hear you ask, well Ok, but what about family services, or government provision? There isn't any. There's just us in this area. Clearly we need to address meeting children's immediate needs ,whilst raising community awareness, and engaging with the State government to get them to accept responsibility for the care of children in the State, we are doing all of these things. We have made progress but this is a slow train, please help us reach our goal of making the whole district a much safer place for so many children., Here we are determined to continue to do our very best to make this happen.

I will leave you with the comment from the mother of the child in the photo made to us,

"I thought we had lost her, every day I wept and prayed, now my tears are only of Joy"

With Best Wishes,

Sunita

 

 

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May 14, 2014

A message from Hope

Other Girls at The Centre
Other Girls at The Centre

Namaste Everyone,

This is Sunita Sharma and it's time for another report from Rescue Junction regarding our special initiative for girls here at the centre. I promised in the last report something from one of the girls living here and taking part in this important programme, here it is,

I am 15 years old. When my mother died, when I was 13, my father started to rape me. Like many of the other girls here, people wonder why on earth did you not complain? But complain to who?, I was not sure anyone would listen. And you start to blame yourself.

At that time the free toll number Childline 1098 did not exist in our area, like many other children have done since, I would have dialed it. The call comes to Rescue Junction and is staffed 24 hours every day.  But that was not an option then. They would have taken action immediately.

I was so desperate I went to the train lines near the railway station and I was thinking to throw myself under a train. But another girl saw me crying and she told me that there is a place where people can help. A place where I would be safe. I could not believe her but in a nervous way I went with her to the centre called Rescue Junction and I am still here after one year. First it was a relief to be away from my father, and I cried with relief so much. But they have a special thing here for girls where we sit together with staff and  when I was ready make a plan for the future. We are taught craft skills making soft toys but it is more than that- we are giving the confidence and support to plan for our future. My father is not allowed to see me or go anywhere near me due to the court.  I have no other sisters, and my one brother is in Delhi.

I am also learning to read and write to a much better standard, to know about bank accounts and managing my own finances in the future , many things.

I cannot give my real name so I decided to use the name below.

Please help girls like us,

 Hope

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Mar 24, 2014

Life saving warmth for the poor

Great Hat!
Great Hat!

Hi Everyone!

My name is Deepak Kumar and I am Chairperson of People First. 

As summer begins here in India it is difficult to imagine just how cold it gets here in the winter months a life threatening cold to those without adequate shelter or warm clothing. That's why we started this appeal and WOW!, what a really great response!

The Global Giving community responded with warm and generous hearts and we were able to immediately purchase and distribute hundreds of items of warm clothing to those most in need of them. I want to extend on everybody's behalf my sincere thanks to you. I want to make clear that we do not have advertised giveaways of blankets inviting some politician to indiscriminately distribute blankets as some kind of photo op. Our experienced staff both in the villages and at our center for homeless children know very well the  children and families in need and they make sure they get the warm clothing they so desperately need with the minimum of fuss and as soon as possible.

The cold here is dangerous, it a damp invasive cold and imagine if you did not have a sweater or socks or even any sandals on your feet how horrible it would feel? These are the children we provided thanks to your kindness with life saving warm clothing and thick woolen blankets. Here the houses have no heating at all .

The Senior Nurse on our Health Project told me how they had visited a shack in a slum dwelling where there were burning plastic to try and keep warm ,

After very hardly telling them how harmful the fumes were she then gave all the children a warm blanket . The mother broke into tears and told her,- it's a struggle to eat some days , but we could never afford such thick woolen blankets, my children were shivering and crying from the cold -Thank you so much!!!!

 

With Best Regards and much much appreciation,

 

Deepak

 

 

 

Sweaters given at Rescue Junction
Sweaters given at Rescue Junction

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