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...
Oct 9, 2013

A Haven of Safety and Security

Abandoned Children at Rescue Junction
Abandoned Children at Rescue Junction

Hi everyone!

I am so sorry for being a little late with this report we have been so busy ay the centre. If you visit our face book page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/People-First-India/106083302779969 you will see we have another group of supporters visiting the trust at the moment, here is what one person wrote in the visitors book ,

"When we had finished playing games with the children ( it was musical chairs) we were enjoying a cup of tea in the office when some anxious parents arrived. They had a picture of their son, aged 11 years on their phone. He had gone missing one month previously whist outside playing and it was feared that he had been probably abducted . They had come to Rescue Junction as Sunita had called them and told them to see her immediately as she had good news to tell them. Through the work of the specialist staff at the centre her son had been found ( over 1,000 km away) safe and well. The mother burst into tears with absolute relief and was comforted by the staff, even the father was overcome and could only mutter thank you- thank you so much!!

Anybody that spends some time here cannot fail to be impressed with the happiness of the children, the great need for the work they do here, and the absolute dedication of the staff,

I certainly will try and help  and I would recommended anybody else to do so, it is a haven of safety and security  in a dangerous part of the world, especially for children".

 Thank you for your fantastic support everyone, if you time please take a little time to look at the full video of the centers work which can be found here, already nearly 15,000 people have watched it.  http://youtu.be/nBBB-B9Lf1A 

With Thanks to you all,

Sunita

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Sep 19, 2013

Learn as if you were to live forever.

Alphabet Ballon
Alphabet Ballon

Hello to all our supporters from Bihar India!!

The above quotation , our project report title, is only a part quotation . The full quote is.... live as if you will die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. Who said it? Mahatma Ghandi.

 I was very interested to read an article from Peter Buffet, (yes that's Warren's son) on the whole nature of giving. You may be aware of it: I think it was published in the New York Times, it sparked controversy and much discussion . When your last name is Buffett, two things are guaranteed: You're going to get attention, and you're going to have your share of both passionate supporters and virulent critics.Peter Buffett proved the rule with his recent op-ed in The New York Times headlined" The Charitable-Industrial Complex.

"It is not our intention to analyze the nature of giving in a project progress report except to say this. Peter Buffet's education was provided and paid for, and what better start in life can you give any person but a good education? It is naive to expect that charitable giving alone will change the world by itself, there are many other factors political, economic and cultural to name but three which all play a part in improving  quality of lives, particularly in areas of the world where a good education is not available to the majority of the poor. But it is amazing how much good, real actual good that can be achieved through thoughtful giving that actually reaches the poor, and is unencumbered by huge salaries or luxury offices or costly infrastructures. One of the great things about Global Giving is that it offers a real choice to actually reach out and really make a difference in targeted giving that does have a positive outcome.

Like so many organizations on Global Giving we are not supported by the likes of Gates of Buffet or any other large scale donor. We do an enormous amount of work with very limited resources. It's because we are small and local that we are effective. Mr Buffet, you need to rethink your giving strategy.

But enough! Let's talk about our work. As you know this appeal supports the TOP ( The Opportunities Programme) which sponsors the education of street children, academically gifted students from our village education programme, girls in the local community from below the poverty line, and exceptionally gifted  students through university degrees and or professional qualifications . But how many students does the programme reach?I will tell you. From our records since 2007 (when we first were able to keep detailed records) over 600 girls have received community based private day school education, 15 children from our Rescue Junction centre have received vocational training, 50 students have received a full time residential education in a private hostel of their choice funded by the programme, 12 students have completed a college education, and 500 children have received computer vocational training. In the general scheme of the world, these numbers may not be so big, we are of course limited by the funds we have. But for the children and young people involved you have helped change their whole world, and through their education the future outlook of whole families, affecting many more than the headline figures. 

Please help us reach out to more students.

This appeal is simple and direct, it changes lives through educational opportunity given to those who would not otherwise have any access to the better future that an education will give them.

And in the next report you will hear from one of them!

Thank you.

Naresh   

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Sep 5, 2013

Giving Girls Confidence

Girl Student at the Centre
Girl Student at the Centre

Hi Everybody!

This is Sunita with the usual update. Sorry that this time it is a little bit late, but we have been so busy here at Rescue Junction. as you know the  SIGNAL  project is based here at the centre.

In the past month we have received many children including two abandoned infants, one placed in a packed bag and thrown near a river. Both are now doing well and will be placed for adoption shortly. The girls at the centre help our staff with such children and we hope this will help towards their parenting skills in the future.

Here at Rescue Junction, our 24 hour centre for homeless missing and runaway children in Gaya in Bihar we work with three different groups of children and I thought it would help to explain this to you all.

Firstly we have the long term street children, children who have been living on the streets , and have no family. 30% of these children are girls. Do you remember from a previous report it was mentioned that older girls living on the street often disappear once they reach the age of 12 or 13? . This is because they often become prostitutes. The programme you have supported is aimed at preventing this by providing skills and support to enable the girls to live an honest and decent life. We also conduct raids with the police on local brothels to make sure no underage girls are there.

Secondly we work with missing and abandoned children who are often brought to us by the Police, especially the government railway police found running away or lost on trains. 40% of these children are girls. Almost all can be rehabilitated with family members but those that can't stay with us and learn a skill under this programme .

And thirdly we work with the local slum area children who have a home and family but live in rough shelters near the railway line. We have a special  education programme for them. 50% are girls and they can  join the classes under this special project that you have supported.

Here is what one of the girls says about the project,

"I want to send my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have sent money to help us continue our skills training here at Rescue Junction. It is not just the training which one day may lead to a vitally important source of income, it is the care and concern we receive from the staff that helps us so much adjust to a more normal life.

I send my thanks to you all "

And so do I,

Sunita  

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