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...
Mar 10, 2014

The evil of child marriage

Education is Everything
Education is Everything

Hi Everyone!

Its update time again and I thought  I would ask a girl student at one of our village schools to tell us about her experiences. The students name is Ruby ( we have actually changed the name for privacy reasons), but the words are entirely her own.

"I am  14 years old and I live in Dhobi a small village in south Bihar India. I am the only girl in a family of four children, and my father is a farmer.  I want everyone to know if were not for the girls community education scheme run by People First I would not be at school today. I study in class 7. The programme supports girls who wish to study by providing free education on the condition the parents sign a bond undertaking not to marry them or disturb their education in anyway . Because of this I am the first girl to be educated in my family. 

 As part of the community awareness programme encouraging girls to become educated  recently with our parents we watched a video of a girl from the Yemen who had run away from forced marriage . We applauded her courage!

Sadly this is a problem here too, that is why we need this programme so much.  It is so important. It is our lives.

Thank you for all your help"

By helping this programme you can directly reach out to girls like Ruby. One students education in this programme (in  full time day school) costs only $190 per year.

In our area of work  one in two women cannot read or write. 

 We send our heartfelt appreciation to all of you,

Naresh

Supporting girls at School
Supporting girls at School

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Mar 3, 2014

Opening the door to a better future.

The new computers arrive!
The new computers arrive!

Well after a long campaign the generous GlobalGiving donors made it all happen!

After a long period we now have the computers to restart computer training free of cost  to students below the poverty line  at The Averill Centre here in Bodhgaya, India

If I can remind you the course we offer is not home made. It is an approved government course that carries with it full recognition of the qualifying certificate everywhere in India.

I will let one of our students, Pramilla (name changed in order to meet GlobalGiving privacy Standards) explain just what this means to her.

"For a long time we came to the Averill Centre to look at the big "thermometer" on the office wall to see how much had been raised towards our new computers. If the thermometer had gone up we cheered, we were sad when it had not. Well we are all feverishly excited now as the course we have been waiting for a long time is now about to start"

I come from a very poor background but due to the support from People First I completed my education, but without computer skills nobody will give us Job. This course will open the door to the world of employment for me, and change my life and my family's life so much for the better".

Pramilla Kumari

Age 17

So thank you all so much, look out for further updates on our FB page, the link is below, and have a great year!

 

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Feb 26, 2014

Abuse on an industrial scale- we are coming after you!

Rescued Children arriving at Station
Rescued Children arriving at Station

Hi Everyone,

I am Sunita Sharma the Director of Rescue Junction

All the best to you and your families for 2014!

I think you will remember "Operation Bangle" where large numbers of children were rescued from factories in Rajasthan. What we could not tell you at that time was that Operation Bangle Part two had already started , where the Rajasthan Police were continuing to work with the Labour Department and ouselves in identifying other factories where children might be employed.

Under Indian Law it is no longer legal to employ children and the employer can be fined 20,000 rupees for each child which has to go to helping them get an education. Unfortunately  in Rajasthan, and all over India the law is still being flouted and not adequately enforced.  (it helps sometimes if there is an active NGO metaphorically ratting the children's cages until they burst open).

As a result of "Bangle Two" a further 80 child labourers have been rescued from different factories in Rajasthan who came from all over Bihar. An extra coach had to be added to an express train to bring them home. We want to send a clear message  to those who use children for lining their own pockets, wherever we find you - we are coming after you! This is not a case of a son or daughter helping out in the family fields or local shop, these children are mostly under the age of 14 years- some only 9 or 10, this is organised crime for business profit and is a disgrace. With their profits gained from cheap child labour the factory owners and child catchers  send their own children to posh private schools - shame on you, shame on you!

These children deserve as much care and protection and education as any other child .

We are determined to do what we can with your help to stop this abuse of innocence, wherever and whenever we find it.  For this we need your support, and as always I send my heartfelt appreciation to you all.

Please follow our work on Facebook  the link is below as we do try and keep it up to date and you can see our work there.

And a special message for supporters in the UK from March 3rd  if you give to Global Giving UK they will give one pound for every two you give for one week only. This is on Global Giving UK only- the link is below

We are motivated here by your support and we really do need it, no big organisation supports us so thank you all again,

Sunita

 

 

Rescued Children at Rescue Junction
Rescued Children at Rescue Junction

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