Rescue Junction supports street children in India

 
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Shaun playing carrom with boys at the remand home
Shaun playing carrom with boys at the remand home

This update is a little bit different from usual, it is a letter received from a participant in our village experience programme held every year. Volunteers get a chance to work alongside our staff in all of our projects. Shaun refers to Nick and Deepak in the letter, they are the co founders of the Charity.

Aap Kaise Hai? . . .Accha, Aaj bahut garmi hai!   ( How are you?)  (Good). (Today is very Hot)
  
Mera nam Shaun hai!    My name is Shaun

Firstly I need to apologise for taking so long in sending an email, this is down to either my hectic lifestyle at home or to me being me and not getting round to things. I was going to send it straight away but I was so overwhelmed by everything I felt I needed time to digest everything, clearly has taken me longer than I thought! I hope everyone is well and still working very hard within the group, the work you all do is honestly amazing. I have told everyone about all the wonderful things you do and how you seem to have touched everyone that came to the village experience. I want you all to know that I still often think about you and just sometimes stop and think, wow, those guys are all still so far away still doing what you do best, helping people not so fortunate than yourselves! Life over here is 100% the opposite to India, from the food to the electrics! How I just turn on a switch and its guaranteed that my light or television will turn on. Or my water I drink will always be fresh and clean with shops everywhere selling anything I need. It is very difficult to just walk around and watch people who are so god damn selfish and not have a clue as to what people around the world have to go through just to get water or food. I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to see with my own eyes the work you do, how conditions out there are getting better due to your hard work. I am currently sitting in my room, with a laptop, drinking English tea in temperatures of about 16 degrees listening to bob Marley. The very fact that you are reading this now so far away, probably sweating (maybe not) drinking Indian chai (maybe) and if you are lucky, having just beaten bindal at Carrom! If you are reading this Bindal then you need to know I have been missing playing Carrom with you, Surrender and Annan. To think that when I first came I didn’t even know what the game was to becoming possibly the best player every within 100 miles of Bodhgaya!
 
Rescue Junction really is a statement in itself, Gaya is possibly now a safer environment for children because of the hard work your team put in at all hours around the clock to make sure they are safe. The children at the junction all seem so happy and I get the feeling that they now have something to strive for and you may have perhaps given them a new leash of life. To think a small child that has been abandoned or lost can suddenly be put into a safe shelter, with food and water along with education and most importantly FRIENDS! I will never forget the moment you first took us all there and we sat in the reception and you told us about all the horror stories, that was the moment it hit home, I remember thinking, I wish everybody I knew was here right now to see how lucky we are.

The Health team stood out to me because this is what I am studying here in England so I felt I had a fantastic time with them. Seeing how well they work in difficult conditions and how they just seem unaffected by the things that they see as they stay so professional. If any of the wonderful health team are reading this then I want you to know I have told my teachers and health workers at home all about the work you do and that we will never actually understand how amazing you are to all of the communities around you.
 
The schools that you run are clearly run every well, with great teachers who all seem to love their jobs and teach with passion that a lot of teachers from England could do with! Naresh – I can honestly say I have never ever seen a more passionate teacher in my entire life. Just watching you enjoying helping the children and always having this great big smile on your face made me realise that if I ever am going to become a teacher this is what I needed to do. The children clearly loved it when you taught them and it was obvious that to everyone who came from England that you had your heart in your job and that is something very special. By the way, my name is SHAUN NOT SAUL! Thank you for always being there when you didn’t need to be, such as when Amy fell ill and wherever we went you met us or made sure we were always happy. This really also applies to Rakesh too, because you both were always with us and seemed to try your best to make sure we were ok. I cannot thank you enough for what you did for us all, I personally always felt safe with you two around and we always seemed to have a good time and joke about. It was very sad when we left at the train station as I felt it was a Journey that you had been there from the start right to the end, I cannot thank you anymore but from the bottom of my heart, it meant everything to me and I’m sure it did to everyone else.

It is impossible to sum up India or the experience it has given me. It was mentally and physically very difficult at times, seeing and listening to things that you would hope you never heard or seen. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Nick and Deepak – I feel that you do not know how amazing you guys are, all of the people you have touched and the children you have saved. The next step is to get the government to take responsibility for what they should have done in the first place! That day will be a great day and that is when the real show gets on the road! I hope you are all well and still working hard with smiles on your faces. I always smile when I think of my time in India, hopefully I will be able to return someday. Keep in touch everyone!

‘We cannot all do great things for the world – but we can do small things with great love’

Keep the Faith!

Namaste!
MAI INDIA SE PYAR KARTA HU! ( I Love India)!

Shaun Warner

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Thank you!
Thank you!

Hello everyone.

I hope this update from People First finds you well and that the New Year has got off to a promising start for you and your family.

We have had even by our standards an exceptionally busy start to the New Year, as followers of our Facebook page ( the link is below) will already know we were honoured by a visit from the Bihar Minister of State for Labour, following increasing cooperation with Labour Department in tackling child labour and trafficking. You may also be aware Bodhgaya is the centre of the Buddhist World and organised child begging is an ever present menace. We appeal to all those who visit Bodhgaya (only 13km away from Rescue Junction) please if you want to give- donate to a recognised and reputable organisation rather than individual children. Please help spread the word.

A one day old child, a little Baby Boy was recently found abandoned in a potato field and we were able to place this boy with a caring family awaiting adoption.

He would not have survived the night if he had not been brought to us.

We are currently working with the relevant authorities trying to get trafficked children back home from as afar a field as Delhi and the Himalayas.

I just wanted to say how much we appreciate your continuing support and please look out for the next update keeping you in touch with our work.

With much appreciation,

Sunita

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Baby Left on Train
Baby Left on Train

Hello Everyone!

I hope the New Year brings joy for you and your family!

The cold winter months are here in Bihar now, and the welcoming warmth of Rescue Junction saves many children's lives at this time of year.

I wanted to tell you all an amazing story, sometimes we wonder what we will see come through the door next.

A frightened and cold ten month old child was very recently brought to us by the Police having been found with a bottle of milk crying next to the toilet of an express train as it came into Gaya Junction.  We have built up a good relationship with the local media who are very supportive of the project so we turned to them, as well as using our community contacts to try and trace the family.  I am pleased to tell you we were able locate the mother, a women living in poverty near a station over 80km or 50 miles away.  But she is able to care for her child whom she loves very much.

It turns out her father in a drunken state took the child when the mother went to fetch water and boarded a train. He then left the train at another station, abandoning the child near the toilet. With our support, charges have now been brought against him of what I believe is called in the west “reckless child endangerment”

I want you also to know your support enabled us to buy many warm sweaters and clothing for the children,and we have noticed that many donations came in November from Global Giving UK . They were given anonymously, but whoever you are our children thank you. And thanks to all of you who have shown you really do care about helping change these children’s lives for the better.

God Bless you all,

Sunita

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Greetings from some Rescue Junction Children!!
Greetings from some Rescue Junction Children!!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

May I send my very best compliments of the season to you all from here in Bihar India.

There is much to report from Rescue Junction.

Firstly we hope to be in the future the centre in our for the free child line service in our area. It is a great compliment to be recommended for this vital service. Please look out for future updates with regard to this development.

We have had many admissions since our last report, but of course these emergency admissions are a very important part of our work only, as we provide 24 hour car with food and education for all street children in the area. With regard to the cases we make public we always get permission from the family and the young person concerned  to do so, and they agree because they know the more people that know about our work the better chance we have of getting the support we need for the work to continue in the future.

One girl was persuaded by her “boyfriend” to come to Gaya where she was drugged and sadly sexually assaulted before managing to run away from the house where she was kept for 24 hours and entered the nearest police station in a distressed state. After extensive counselling and medical care, and the arrangement of ongoing support she has been reunited with her family. As is often the case neither the girl nor her family wished to press charges against the perpetrators, however the police are aware of them and they are now under supervision. We have to respect the wishes of the victim and family, but you can be sure arrest will be a minute away if these people try anything similar anytime soon. For obvious reasons we are not publishing photographs of the victim in this case.

I have to report to you all a very sad thing.  Late at night a woman travelling with a small baby on a local train arrived at Gaya Station. But she had died, and the police arrived just in time to prevent some anti social elements from taking the baby in order perhaps to sell it, they have been arrested.

The very distressed child who we have named Anchal, which means Shelter, is being comforted by female staff at Rescue Junction. The woman (we think the mother) is awaiting a post mortem but remains unidentified. If we cannot trace Anchal’s family we will place her with the nearest recognised adoption home run by Mother Teresa in another district for adoption by a loving Indian family.  Contrary to what is sometimes understood there is a waiting list of such families to adopt and so we do not believe in International adoption placements.

We are both inspired and grateful for your wonderful support. I feel I cannot help but mention we have recently received a number of cheques through Global Giving UK from an anonymous source, whoever you are, thank you on behalf of all of our children so much!

And of course to everyone else who made a donation, no matter how small it all helps us to continue to provide these important services to vulnerable children.

Please see the links below for our website and Facebook page.

With Kind Regards,

Sunita

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Going Home
Going Home

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am sure you are aware our work can sometimes be difficult but we are both determined and dedicated in our task.

You remember the previous story of trafficked children being stopped at Gaya Junction?. Well based on information received a raid was conducted on the factory in Jaipur Rajasthan by the Labour Department and Police rescuing 65 children from Bihar who were enslaved there in terrible conditions. 31 were from Gaya District and were transferred to Rescue Junction for rehabiltation, new clothes, good food and to be reunited with thier families.

It is days like these that give us strength to carry on, with your support we can look forward to rescuing even more children in the future.

Please follow our work on our facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/pages/People-First-India/106083302779969

You can see a photograph of some of the children on our website,

http://www.peoplefirstindia.net under latest news and updates.

We have also been able to fit new personal lockers for the children due to a kind donation from California. Thank you!

At this time if Indian Festivals may I send you  our best compliments of the season!

Please I remind you October 19th is BONUS MATCHING DAY where any donation you make will have extra value!

Thanks so much!

Sunita

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Nick Hansen

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Bodhgaya, Bihar India

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