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...
Mar 20, 2017

These stories will inspire you- these children and children like them need your help

The Children demonstrate against child marriage
The Children demonstrate against child marriage

Dear Friends and Supporters 

 Hi this Riya again with another Rescue Junction update. 

How are you all?  I hope you are well. 

Here the colourful festival of Holi has come and gone and the children enjoyed themselves. 

I thought for this update I would just share with you some stories of children coming through our doors last month, and thank you for helping to keep them open! 

(names have been changed per our child protection policy) 

Savtri (15)

Savitri was kidnapped on her way to school by  four men in a car who covered her mouth. She remembers nothing but woke up, terrified on Gaya Station railway platform. Members of the public handed her to the GRP (Government Railway Police). She was traumatised and medical examinations confirmed she had been raped multiple times. Savitri is still being counselled and being offered gentle support and constructive activities like craft and in time she will be able to return home to her parents when she is ready but with ongoing support and care from the centres specially trained staff. 

Shafi (8)

Shafi a boy aged eight decided to have an adventure and on his way to school took an auto from his college 50km away to Gaya. Eating samosa in a small café near the station, the owner was concerned when he was approached by three men, and intervened. He brought him personally to Rescue Junction where he has been counselled in a kindly but firm way with his parents and he returned home after a few days. 

Prakash (10) 

Prakash has never been to school and his father is ill and his mother was so poor. He was found working in a tea shop washing plates for 30 rupees a day (about 50 cents). He was rescued by the special labour department team formed with rescue Junction staff. Efforts are on to get him in mainstream education and for the time being he remains at Recue Junction.

Sanwi (20 days) 

In a town, some 30Km away from the centre a 20-day old baby was thrown away near a riverbank. Found fortuitously by a member of the public she informed the local police who brought her to Rescue Junction for care and protection.

 Per the norms and laws this little girl will be offered for adoption.  

Soni Kumari (14) 

Soni has had a difficult life. When her mother died when she was young, her father remarried only to constantly fight with his new wife and eventually she committed suicide by drinking poison. Soni went to live with her grandmother could not afford to keep her so she ended up with her aunty in anther village. Throughout all this she managed to educate herself up to class seven. She became friendly with a local boy and together they ran away to seek a better life together and were removed from a running train by the government railway police. Rescue Junction staff are working with her to decide the best option for her welfare and wellbeing. 

The above is just a small sample of the work of the centre in just one month. 

Thank you all, and I hope you like the picture of the children taking part in a colourful demonstration against child marriage!

 Please don’t forget the small donations matching on these dates, please put them in your diary! 

 Announcing the Little by Little Matching Campaign! This campaign is designed to celebrate the power of small donations and the power of the crowd. From April 3rd to April 7th, Global Giving will be matching donations up to $50 at 50% while the $50,000 in matching funds remain

 Thank you so much again!

Riya

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Mar 10, 2017

The Hard lives of Women in Bihar

Our Health team offering assistance
Our Health team offering assistance

Hi Everyone,

I am Madhu and I am a community worker with People First. In the last reports we have asked the women to tell in her own words what the sewing centre means to them.

For this report, I would like to explain something about the background and the need for the project.

Bihar is a pitiable place for women especially in Rural Areas. Who says so? The government in the shape of the National Planning commission, this is from recent report concerning the state of women in Bihar...

“Where more than 40% of the population live below the poverty line and more than 80% of the population live in the pitiable conditions of rural Bihar, to talk of the marginalisation of women has been considered meaningless. However, there is a catch in this situation, and this pertains to being a victim of double discrimination— 1. Being a woman 2. Being member of a backward region”

 Key research findings include the following: Woman typically work 16 hours per day on both paid and unpaid labour; Most women have no leisure time; Women bear the greatest responsibility for household chores, including many tasks related to income generation; Women generally assume full responsibility children; Rural women perform a wider variety of tasks; While both men and women recognise that women’s household activities constitute important work, they fail to grasp the extent of its economic value;,

To quote again from the report,

“Women are worst affected when it comes to unemployment and poverty. Without any income of their own, they need to depend on men for anything and everything. If the men are also unemployed, the matter gets worse. Women empowerment through self-reliance and financial independence can be achieved by providing vocational training, through which women can either start up something of their own or take- up a job”

This is what the Sewing centre provides, along with support and companionship.

  The consequence of underestimating women and their contributions to the economy are reflected in the life of Renu (name changed) and her children. Renu is a 30-year-old married woman who lives in a remote local village She has never been to school, and got married at the age of 14. She was completely ignorant about childbirth, child care, vaccinations, reproductive health issues, and contraceptives. She did not possess any say in decision-making, even for issues like pregnancy. Thus, at the age of 30, Renu has 7 malnourished children, not one of whom goes to school. None of her children are vaccinated, apart from the polio campaign. If this is a common scenario among the lower socioeconomic sector of Bihar, is making is making India a developed country by 2020 a realistic vision?

We work with women like Renu to provide the health education and advice and support she needs, and a skill which will give her a vital independent source of income for the first time in her life.

This project is truly life changing, thank you all so much for your support for women like Renu.

Madhu

Community worker

People First Educational Charitable Trust

 

 

 

 

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Feb 2, 2017

HELP US MAKE DREAMS LIKE THIS COME TRUE

Girl Students at Dhobi School- super smiles!
Girl Students at Dhobi School- super smiles!

THIS IS MY DREAM…

From two students of People First Dhobi Village School – education for girls programme

My name is Prisha  I am I think about 14 years of age.

Before I came to this school I did not understand how it would change everything. If you cannot read or write, everything is like a blank page. Now everything comes to life.

Learning brings self-respect and confidence but also the respect of others. My parents after talking with the headmaster and staff of People First have agreed to postpone my wedding until I am ready and when my studies however long they may take are complete.  

This is a marvellous thing. If I were not part of educate girls programme at People First and without their support I could never get such an opportunity. My dream is to join the Indian Civil Service or even the Police as it is possible if I continue to work hard that I will indeed with the support of People First get the qualifications I need.

Prisha

My name is…. Saanvi

I am about 15 years old.

My family like all the families whose children come to the school are very poor. My brother always got more attention than me. I love school and I love the science subjects a lot.

When I came first in these subjects and looking at my work, it was agreed with my family and People First that they sign an agreement allowing me to follow my dream of becoming a veterinary. As a first stage I must get very good marks in science subjects, and others too, in my school leaving examinations and I am working hard. Until my brother and I came to the school not a single person in my family could even read or write. I may not achieve my dream but thanks to you I get to try .

Saanvi

 We have changed the names.... but nothing else  

Thank you so much for your support of children like these .

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