“My name is Pramilla and I come from a village in South Bihar where People First has a women’s sewing centre where I can meet with friends and learn a skill. My family is very poor and our house walls are made of mud but we have some tiles on our roof.
I came to know that before People First had only funds for children and young people for Academic Studies but now they have a new scheme called the TOP scheme which means THE OPPORTUNITY FUND where you could apply for help with vocational training too. I really loved learning to sew and I got a loan from People First to get my own machine but of course I still visit my village centre because all my friends go there. Then I heard that in the nearest city I could do further training in tailoring in a college that will mean I can get a professional certificate of competence. I plan to have my own small business maybe with one or two other women to really supplement and help my family. I applied for a grant, not a loan from People First who considered my work to be enough of a high standard and I was so happy when I found out the grant had been given to me and I could go to college for a year to study, There is no way I could afford the charges or costs and so I have a new hope in Life. You are the wind beneath my wings. Thank you!”
(This was from an interview with Pramilla)
As regular donors will know the Trust wishes to expand the range of opportunities to young people beyond just academic skills. With your help we can give more chances to young people like Pramilla.
Thank you for all your support.
Please see our Facebook page ( the link is below) for two examples of ex TOP students, Santosh and Sanjay who are really progressing in their lives due to the scheme.
My name is Sheetal. I am 16 years of age. I have 2 brothers and I live in a small dwelling by the main road in Gaya India. My family is very poor and my mother works cleaning houses for about 50 Rupees a day.( Note about $1.10 cents). My father is too ill to work. I was lucky to go a People First School and get an education, but with my brothers being small I also need to help the family.
People First gave me a wonderful chance under the CAPS programme, and because of my situation found a part time work experience and job training opportunity in the People First Office where I am learning bookeeping and accounting. But due to support from the CAP's programme I also want to do do a Basic Diploma in Computing skills.
If it were not for the People First Staff counselling my parents to allow my education to go forward I would probably be married now with no real future .
I want to say these opportunities given by People First to myself and many others are our way out from a life without hope.
Thank you for all your help and I ask you on behalf of all of the students in this fantastic programme, please help us, against the odds, to make our dreams come true.
NOTE This was translated from Hindi and is unedited.
This is Naresh Sir with your regular progress report. I want to first wish you the best compliments of the season and express on behalf of us all at People First our very best wishes for a great new year for all of you and your near and dear ones.
The photograph above was taken very recently at a kindergarten run by People First in the village of Kanjiar in South Bihar. One wonders what the future will bring for all these children , what path lies ahead of them, what will they achieve in their lives?
The mission statement of People First, which can be found on our website ( the link is below) talks of giving opportunity to those it has been denied due to poverty family circumstances or oppression. This appeal helps Children under our CAPS scheme, (which means Children’s Academic Personal Scholarships). As you know it may in the future enable some of these children to be sponsored through college or University, something they could never achieve without help. You donations go directly to help such students.
But what about those who may have other skills, or are budding musicians or have a practical aptitude and need vocational training? We want to help as many of them as we can.
Therefore I am pleased to announce that from January 2013 we are incorporating the current CAPS students into a new more inclusive programme, the T.O.P.S programme , which simply means “The Opportunities Programme”. Please look out for more details of this programme in our next update. With your help we can help an ever wider range of poor students who deserve to realise their full potential in life. Please kindly read Upendra’s story on our website which is just one example of the impact on just one Life.
Lets join together and give opportunities to young people, it can change everything, because positive Social change starts with education.
Here a comment from Ranjeet, a 10th Class student now preparing for his Class 10 examinations.
“ I was working washing pots at a roadside café a long way from home when one of the teachers at the People First School in my village, Kanjiar persuaded my parents to send me to School in Bodhgaya on a CAPS place. It was hard at first, no one in my family is educated. But oh my goodness me, what a chance I have to really be something now, to earn and help my family after my studies, pleae help students like me. Thank you so much!”
“And yes I love playing cricket too”!
With Best Wishes and Appreciation to all of you,
As you know the CAPS programme has many facets but its purpose is to provide education. One of our main aims is to help girls through school at least until class ten, and support them through their School leaving examination.
How do we do this? We pay for thier tution costs, buy books and course materials but more than that we counsel the parents to keep thier child at school . We also provide uniforms and other assistance .
This note is from one girl student,
"Sometimes it is hard when there are so many chores to be done and my mother and father are not educated to go to school. I could not have done it, achieved my school leaving pass without the support of the people first person who regularly talked to my mother and father and who provided me with the things I needed to attend school. This has changed my life" Thank you for all your help!"
Over the years we have been able due to peoples genorsity to reach out to over 200 girls from poor backgrounds and help them achieve thier dreams. On October 17th donations will be matched by Global Giving. The average cost of hellping a girl child stay in school is just $10 a month. So $120 will keep a girl in school for a whole year.
Thank you All,
This update comes from Sunil Kumar (not his real name which we have changed for child protection reasons).
"Namaste to everybody!!.
You may have seen my story on the Rescue Junction video on the website, for many reasons I do not want to go home and it is not possible I think for ever.
But I am very happy here at my school. My favourite subject is English. Here our teachers really care for us and I love to learn. We get good food and I do not feel that my future will be bad anymore I feel I am lucky i can get such an education because of People First and I will be OK in my life now. It has been explained to me and many other children too how people help us by giving us help and a wonderful chance to be so lucky and we are fortunate to have people care for us.
I study in class two.
With the other children I want to thank you so much for thinking of us".
Sunil is studying full time at a residential school on a People First Scholarship. His letter was translated from Hindi but is unedited
Help us support more children like Sunil and give them a bright future!
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