My name is Deepak Kumar and I am Chairman of People First.
I want to tell you a story of the very beginnings of our Trust. We visited a village 22 years ago where we saw a boy sitting alone outside the long abandoned government school and he was waiting for a teacher that never came. This inspired us to start People First all those years ago. The young boy in question eventually won a scholarship under our TOP scheme (The Opportunities Programme) and he studied hard. Now it might be easy to write he was brilliant student who is now a doctor or teacher. But actually that was not the case , he had to take his school leaving examination three times before passing. But then I realized this boy does represent the spirit of People First, no matter how hard it is, no matter how long it takes, we will get it done. This applies to this appeal on Global Giving . First it was ten computers , then eight, then 7.5 and now seven. We are moving forward slowly but steadily due to your kindness towards our target and being able to restart computer vocational training for young people living below the poverty line once again.
Aa you know this training is a government approved course offering real qualifications which are valid and recognized all over India. We just need the hardware to start, replacing our defunct P2 computers which are no longer fit for purpose.
Here is what one student says," we watch sometimes on the net and at the Averll Centre, the HQ of People First where there is a big sign showing the progress of the appeal outsidevthe computer classroom marking the progress of this appeal. This training means so much to us, without it how can we get work?, and we cannot afford the expensive private classes and they do not offer real qualifications.. Thank you for helping us"!
So watch this space!
And thanks again to you all,
Hi Kind Donors,
My name is Deepak Kumar and I am the chairperson of People First. I would like to let you know the progress regarding our appeal on GlobalGiving for computers so we can restart our very successful computer training programme for Students below the poverty line .
Just to give some details about the actual course on offer. It is run under the syllabus of the National Open School and is called BCA, Basic Computer Applications . It is a qualification valid all over India and it is a huge boost for young people, when applying for employment.
And I would like to let you know about the progress of the appeal on GlobalGiving. The first appeal raised a fantastic $1,606. This is not enough for us to restart the training, but it is great start and thank you so much. So now we need only eight computers to restart the courses .
So the appeal continues on GlobalGiving. I want you to know we have tried so hard to secure the hardware we need from so many sources, If we are successful in gaining any computers donated in kind we will of course either reduce the amount required (as we have already done due to your kind donations received), or if manage to get all eight computers donated we would be able to mark the appeal as funded.
We have to turn away poor students every week who come to our office in the hope that have been able to restart the courses , please help them to be able to study again.
Two students share a computer so we can have two classes of 20, making 40 a day if we had the hardware . We have a policy of admitting 50% female students.
The Trust will meet all other costs, teaching course material and we already have the classroom, sadly empty now.
Please help us fill it again with the sound of learning.
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