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...
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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Feb 1, 2017

we work the land of others...

Meal Time
Meal Time

My name is Priyanka (we have changed the name per personal privacy guidelines),

I am about 25 years of age and I have six children, four boys and two girls. Our village is mainly those of the Dalit caste and our houses are made of mud with straw roofs. It is too much cold in the winter and too much hot in the summer. Like so many in our village we don’t own land but work the land of others. Sometimes visitors come and they see the green fertile fields and they say “how the crop grows at least we have food”. But we are not allowed to take food from the fields for they don’t belong to us, we may be given a small amount of rice for a day’s labour or payment of 350 rupees for a day’s work ($5)

I am one of the cooks for the special meal.  We take in turns and work together to produce a protein rich rice mix with papad and chutney and spicy potatoes. We also add oil to help the taste and goodness of the meal. We work with joy in our hearts this brings the village together as this meal helps our children’s health and wellbeing a lot. We have to make sure that there is enough for everybody who needs it so we can make enough for over 200 people. 

Thank you so much for thinking of us, for helping us and for your kindness.

Life is hard here, but this meal programme helps so much,

Priyanka

Village Woman and special meal cook.

meal in progress
meal in progress

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Jan 23, 2017

STOP THAT TRAIN!

train stopped to help a girl alone and in trouble
train stopped to help a girl alone and in trouble

Hi Everyone

This is Riya the Director of Rescue Junction with another update.

May I wish you all a belated Happy New Year!

Here at the junction we are as busy as ever, the winter warmth appeal has not been as successful as previous years but our staff have nonetheless been distributing blankets and warm clothing to the street children.

As you probably already know Rescue Junction is unique in many ways not least that we one of the very few centres that caters for both boys and girls hence of course this special appeal.

Priyanka (we have changed the name) was travelling from Calcutta to Delhi recently on a nonstop express in the company of her father.

Whilst there are no passenger stops the train does stop from time to time to change drivers and for cleaning and water etc. At one such stop her father got down from the train but did not return. Priyanka became very distressed and one concerned fellow passenger called the emergency ChildLine number 1098. 

We contacted the railway authorities and although the train does not stop at Gaya a special emergency stop was ordered so Priyanka could be transferred to the safety of Rescue Junction.

The staff are expert at supporting lost and distressed children whom sometimes have been terribly abused. In our special unit for girls our female staff comfort support and reassure. The craft training helps build confidence and along with the education the girls receive  they are helped along the path to healing and self-confidence. Your donations help us so much in this work.

Thank you all.

Sadly when a child is abandoned like Priyanka , this was no single mistake by her father who had remarried and had made it plain she was not wanted, there is a lot of damage to repair , but we are looking for a caring relative to care for her and there is a lot of hope that the team will be successful and help a start a brand new life  .

Riya     

  

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