This is Naresh the education director of People First Educational Charitable Trust (PFECT) with our update. Firstly may I wish you all the very best for the festive season and I hope everything is well with you. .
As you all know the TOP The Opportunities Programme is a wide ranging scheme and we give our solemn undertaking that single cent or penny which we receive from global giving from this appeal which goes to support this programme will go towards the children's education. Children like our youngest student, surrender ( aged about 9) who was interviewed by his teachers about being a TOP student.
I promised in the last report a report from a student and here it is below,
Firstly I want to say I understand that other people many kilometers away are helping children like me , so I am very happy to tell you about myself . It is my wish to do so. My name is Surrender . I am from a village about 30km from Bodhgaya.
I do not know my exact age.
But my mother told me I was born on a night without the moon. There is no electricity in my village, nor a school so I spent the days playing and looking after our goats. Then my father died. I don't know why. He was sick, and then he was gone. My mother could no longer care for me and I was sent to live with an uncle who was unkind to me. But then in the village I sometimes went (if my uncle allowed) to a People First School in the village.
Then I think six months (I do not really know) before someone came from Bodhgaya and they talked a lot with my teachers before they asked me, Do you want to come to Bodhgaya to study?,- you can choose a school. I went the next day with my teacher. Now I am so happy. I now stay with my mother on my holidays and the staff here told me my Uncle was no longer permitted to see me because a judge has given order. I feel a very fear gone from me. I have just got a new sweater and scarf and shoes and I am loving the study.
Thank You for helping me and other children like me
This report was compiled using some written input and an Interview with Surrender.
As always thanks for your support.
It costs $850.00 a year for Surrenders full time residential education, or $70 ( or 50GBP a month)
With compliments of the season,
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