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...
May 26, 2016

"I remember scooping out the earth"

New school stuff!
New school stuff!

Hello everyone,

Greetings from a hot and dry Bihar, it’s time for an update!

This update is translated from Hindi and is written by one of the girls we have provided an education and a home in Rescue Junction.  Pritya (name changed) sister is doing very well in higher education under this scheme so we welcome your support for her and girls like her, and once she qualifies we will include her story also in a future report.

Your donation really changes lives and may I remind you that you on June 15th your donation will be matched by a 50% bonus from Global Giving. So please kindly make a note of that day.

Here is what Pritya wrote for you,

“I was very small when my father died. I can’t remember very much but I remember helping my big sister scoop out earth to bury my father. I can remember being hungry, so very hungry. I remember some police with us, and I remember coming to rescue junction and enjoying a good meal.

That was many years ago, now I am older and I have so much to be thankful for.  I came here with my sisters (one younger and one older) my big sister did so much to look after us, and as we have no family who can take care of us Rescue Junction staff told us not to worry they would take care of us as long as we needed help and support.

And they kept their promise to us providing education care and love for all these years. My older sister is now away at college under a scholarship for higher education paid for by People First, her qualifications will mean good future for her and all of us, thank you so much for helping us.”

With thanks to you all,

Naresh

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May 17, 2016

BIHAR HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST MALNUTRITION RATES IN THE WORLD

meal in progress
meal in progress

Hello Everyone,

I am Neelam the senior project nurse on the health project.

I hope you are all well.

Firstly, may I draw your kind attention to our new website address for the Trust

www.peoplefirstbihar.org

Please take a look for all the latest project news.

Here in Bihar its super-hot, one of the hottest summers ever and the team and I have been working hard treating sunstroke and making sure everybody is properly hydrated. Because one of the most pressing health needs is clean water. along with nutritious food we will be hopefully be launching a new micro project for much needed deep bore water hand pumps in the villages so please look out for that.

How bad really is the problem of malnutrition in Bihar?

Eighty-seven per cent of the rural population and 61% of urban residents in Bihar had calorie deficiency during 2009-10, as per reports of National Sample Survey Office. In fact, Bihar ranked 74th (alarming zone) in the global hunger index of 88 countries, according to a Survey of India State Hunger Index 2015. In the same survey, Jharkhand ranked 76th, Odisha 67th and UP 61st, all in the alarming zone.

Discussing food security issues facing the country, development economist Jean Dreze on Thursday called Bihar the hunger capital with one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. "The living condition of people in some of the Bihar villages is grimmer and horrifying than at most places in the world. In fact, in terms of scheme implementation, Bihar is the capital of corruption and exploitation in the world," said Dreze, adding that only some progress took place in the last few years.

With so much scale of problem it is difficult to know what to do, it is overwhelming.  The meal scheme we run is not free food donated randomly by strangers it is part of our overall health care programmes and the community give what they can, perhaps some wood for the fire and they make the stove from mud and cook the meal themselves, it is a community thing.

You can’t stop all the hunger in Bihar but by donating to this project you can ensure that all the children in these desperately poor villages receive the nutrition they need to grow and develop.  

As one mum told us,

“We enjoy the cooking all together for our children, this meal makes all the difference to their health, thank you so much for helping us in this way”

 

Neelam

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May 6, 2016

EVERY CHILD HAS THEIR STORY

Girls at Rescue Junction today
Girls at Rescue Junction today

Hi this is Riya,

Greetings to all of you!

For this report number 45 I think!, I thought it would be interesting to review the progress of children featured earlier in our reports over the years (names have been changed but their story has not)

2009

"My name is Bhola. I am I think 10 years old. I am living at Rescue Junction. Sometime ago on a crowded train station I get separated from my mother who went to get some water and the train moved away. I miss her very much. Everyone here is trying to help find my family, but we lived by the side of a railway station in another state in a tent because we moved a lot and I cannot remember the name. But I do like living here at Rescue Junction, we get food and I am going to classes and I feel safe here. Without Rescue junction I would have nowhere else to go".

2016

Bhola never went "home" because he didn’t want to return to his former life, he told our counsellors that there was physical abuse and hunger. Despite extensive efforts to locate his family,( although Bhola would never have been asked to go anywhere against his will), no family was ever found Bhola was placed in a residential school at Rescue Junctions expense and he spends his holidays at the centre, now coming up to his school leaving exams, Bhola tells us he is happy with his studies and wishes to join our vocational training  programme ,and once he reaches and 18 live independently with our support.

2010

This is the sad story of Pramilla, Sheethal and little Sonu 

Life in Village Bihar can be very hard. According to the Department for International Development in the UK if the State Bihar was a country it would be the sixth poorest in the world.

In early September the centre was contacted by the District Magistrate concerning the distressing case of 3 small girls from an remote village in the area who had no one to care for them. 

Their mother died following illness two years ago. And just this month their father died too. It was suggested by some in the village the family were so poor the father had died of starvation, giving what little food he had to his daughters. The government maintained he died of TB. However the last thing he told his eldest daughter, Pramilla before he passed away, was "love and take care of your sisters" , "you are in charge of them now" 

Pramilla had no money for a cremation, and with the help of some villagers buried her father outside the village. As a landless family she had no source of food, but a rice dealer sometimes gave them rice. The villages felt they were going to die from hunger, and without relatives to care for them they took the children to the local block office and demanded that the government help. But as you know the government has no home or facilities for such children, and therefore the authorities formally requested admission to Rescue Junction pending referral to the Child Welfare Committee. 

2016

The three sisters were sent to a government run hostel and school 100km away in Patna, this took some time because our staff were determined they would never be separated, but have no home of their own and spend all of their holidays at Rescue Junction. The girls are unrecognisable from those initial months with is, they are confident and talkative. The really good news is that a special separate appeal on Global Giving $5,000 was raised for their care and Rescue Junction have opened a special account for their future. We will help Pramilla with finding employment and a place of her own once she reaches the age of 18. The funds collected for her and her sisters will ensure that they will have a good start in life. Our team are looking at all the options with the girls regarding their future.

These are just two stories of so many in future reports we may well tell more stories of children who have featured in earlier reports years ago. Every child has thier story 

We are busier than, ever up to date news in our next report but in order to keep the services for children at their current level we need to raise an extra $5,000 to ensure another year of unbroken service at current levels.

Please ask your friends family and workmates to perhaps consider just giving a little to help the children so we can raise this much needed help by the time of our next report in 90 day’s time . In the meantime, I would express our profound gratitude on behalf of the children to all of you for your donations.

As you know full tax benefits are available to those eligible on GlobalGiving.

Take care,

Riya  

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