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...
Jan 12, 2016

New sewing machine, new hope!

New Machine, New Hope
New Machine, New Hope

Hello Everyone,

I am Naresh Sir, and I am the Director of the sewing centre programme under our overall adult and child education programmes. You have heard directly in previous reports from beneficiaries of the programme who have explained what it means to them but I thought I would put the programme a little bit in context regarding the situation in Bihar.

According to the 2011 census Bihar is the only remain Indian state in the 2011 census where less than 65% of the population are literate. It is also only one of two states where less than 75% of the male population are literate and only one of two states where less than 55% of the female population was literate.

Of crimes recorded in Bihar against women, the maximum numbers were recorded under Section 366 of the IPC, related to kidnapping of women to compel them for marriage. As many as 4,641 cases were recorded under this head in the state in 2014.

We welcome the progress made in the state both in law and order and an increase in literacy rates, but Bihar has miles and miles to go before it can even be considered as a developed state.

In contrast to the impressive data on Bihar’s improved finances, the poverty is more damning. Since 2010, the state government cited its own surveys to report that below poverty line (BPL) families were nearly 70% of the population.

The per capita income of Bihar in 2012-13 was Rs 30,930, the survey presented by the Minister in-charge Vijay Chaudhary said. The ratio of Bihar's per capita income to All India has increased to 41.18 per cent in 2012-13 over 37.18 per cent in 2011-12, it said. Feb 14, 2014. This is just $460.00 USD per year, or $39 a week. In Qatar the corresponding figure is $105,000.

In the USA it is over $53,000 (2013)

Sometimes it is difficult to believe any progress can be achieved, it is well known at government level development aid funds are often misused and wasted on a massive scale, and despite millions of dollars spent poverty persists.

But this project ,as many projects  on Global Giving do, offers a chance to help individuals and their families directly, it may not change the world but it will mean the world to a family desperately trying to improve their lives through earning, and independent income for a woman in the villages of Bihar is a life changing thing.

As one of the women told me recently, “a simple sewing machine and some thread has meant I no longer have to worry about my children’s clothing and with the income I earn, putting food on the table is no longer the concern it once was, thank you so much for your help”.

The price of a new machine is $150

Yes, thank you indeed for your kindness.

And have a great New Year,

Naresh

 

    

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Dec 17, 2015

Education can mean a better future for us all

Help us give children like this a real future
Help us give children like this a real future

 

Hi everyone

This is  Naresh sir .

I am Director of Education here at People First

My best compliments of the season to all

The inspirational story of the mountain man with his self-sacrifice sadly did not  bring much help to his village which is a desperately poor mahadalit village.

For an example of what can be achieved please go to our facebook page here

  https://www.facebook.com/People-First-India-106083302779969/ and see the film of a village similar to this one which was broadcast nationally here in India recently.

Please help us really change the lives of the children and people in this village through education.

We are running a very simple school at the village at present which is better than nothing but we could achieve so much more if we had the resources to do it. As one villager said,

“The school could make all the difference here, education means escape from poverty, it means the chance of a new better life,

Thank you for your support, please help spread the word !

Naresh

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Dec 9, 2015

The inspiring story of Pradeep

Pradeep in his village
Pradeep in his village

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Bihar!

For this project update I asked the principal of Dhobi School , our biggest school providing free education for the poor to highlight one particular story( one of many) to illustrate the sucess of the TOP programme.

 Here is the story of  Pradeep  ( we have changed the name according for protection of privacy )

Age – 15 Years

Pradeep  is from the Mahadalit Community from Mushar caste . He has two brothers and one sister. This village is almost 98 % population from Mushhar ( rat eater) caste. His father is labourer and mother also works as a labourer in the field.

As he told- and true also – he is first  person  in that village who is from his Mushar community to pass the Matrick exam this year because of only Dobhi School. As he told earlier people discriminate against him because of his community but after his matric pass( school leaving examinations) the situation about Subhash has gained a new found respect.

Now he can understand what is going on in the society “After my situation changed many family and parents from my village in my community has started to come to my father and asked about their children to send school or they are agree to send their children in the school and this never happened before”.  

So it can be clearly said after he passed his exam Pradeep became role model in his village in his community and people are already motivated to send their children to the school  after seeing Subhash success and it all happened because of Dobhi School  and the support from the the opportunity of the student sponsorship programme from People First ,supported by Global Giving  Without this programme they don’t have option .

Pradeep is enrolled in college this year.

Thank you for helping to change lives for the better. 

People First- working together with the poor for a better future

Naresh Sir

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