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...
Jul 27, 2015

Celebrating our Womanhood!

At our  sewing centre
At our sewing centre

 

Nanaste Everyone!

My name is Prithya (we have changed the name under privacy and protection guidelines) this is me in the picture at our sewing centre. I would like to thank you for helping us in our village with our sewing centre. We need to buy some more machines as we are short of them and five women have to share one at the moment.  Each foot operated machine costs  9000 rupees or $150.

I am I think about 17 but the centre is open to women and girls of all ages, of course that is the main thing, it is for women only. Here in the village the men have their freedoms and women less so but we do have our own special place, our sewing centre and I cannot tell you what a difference it has made to all of the women in our village through companionship support and of course also learning a skill.

Our village is also very poor, we come from families that are just very small farmers, education especially for girls is difficult due to many things but People First is doing what it can to change things for the better.

Did you know over 50% of all People First staff are women?, and in director of project posts too. I can only write this letter because of People First and the education I got from their school. And sometimes we have a women’s fair, and that is  rare great day out and we sing songs and have good food and celebrate our womanhood together.

Thanks so much!

Prithya

 

Note: this was translated from written Hindi and is unedited

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Jul 10, 2015

TOGETHER WE CAN HELP STOP THIS SLAVERY

Educating Girls from Rescue Junction
Educating Girls from Rescue Junction

 

HELP US STOP THIS SLAVERY TOGETHER

Hello Everyone,

This Sunita, Director of the Gaya Rescue Project here in Bihar , and organiser of our special programmes for girls at risk including this project for which your support is so important. As you know here at Rescue Junction we are in proud partnership with Childline India and this is from their website, clearly indicating the scale of the problem,

Human trafficking is the third largest profitable industry in the world. Child trafficking unlike many other issues is found in both developed and developing nations. Trafficked children are used for prostitution, forced into marriage, illegally adopted, used as cheap or unpaid labour, used for sport and organ harvesting. Some children are recruited into armed groups. Trafficking exposes children to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. According to UNICEF a child victim of trafficking is "any person under 18 who is recruited, transported, transferred, harboured or received for the purpose of exploitation, either within or outside a country". Trafficking is one of the hardest crimes to track and investigate hence data is hard to obtain. The latest figures estimate that 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide every year. Child prostitution has the highest supply of trafficked children.

India is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking for many purposes such as commercial sexual exploitation. Majority of the trafficking is within the country but there are also a large number trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh. Children are trafficked to Middle Eastern countries for sport such as camel racing. There are no national or regional estimates for the number of children trafficked every year. But 40% of prostitutes are children, and there is a growing demand for young girls in the industry. 

NGOs estimate that 12,000 - 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the country annually from neighbouring states for the sex trade. Thousands of girls are trafficked from Bangladesh and Nepal. 200,000 Nepalese girls under 16 years are in prostitution in India. An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Indian children are smuggled out of the country every year to Saudi Arabia for begging during the Hajj.  Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have the largest number of people trafficked. Intra state/inter district trafficking is high in Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Delhi and Goa are the major receiver states

As you will know from our regulars reports often written by the girls we rescue we are doing what we can to protect children from harm. Many traffickers have been sent to jail because of our activities, over 200 girls have been helped so far this year alone, and it costs an average of $150 to save a child. Please kindly mark in your dates July 15th because if you can give a donation on that day, because our organisation is at the highest level on Global Giving they will as long as funds last match your donation by up to 50% . This is a great chance to double your donation. It starts at one second past nine am Eastern Time.

If we are to continue to do this vital work we do need your support, and we thank you so much for it. Together we can, and are making a difference,

 Sunita

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Jun 30, 2015

I won't let you down!

Mamta
Mamta

My name is Naresh Sir and I am in charge of the education programme here at People First. As you know it it is one of our priorities to help and encourage as much as we can the education of girls and for this report I thought I would let just one of them tell their story to you. We have changed the name but nothing else.

Namaste my Dear Friends,

My name is Mamta and I read in Dhobi school in class 8, all our education is provided free and I love my school. Before People First started our school many children of my age (I think I am about 14), just did not go to school at all. Now some girls from my school have gone onto college and I would love to do that also, It is because of the opportunities programme which you have supported I might just get that golden chance.

 I am the first girl in my family to be educated, when my parents tried to get me married the headmaster came to my house and spoke to my parents and now they understand and are pleased with my progress.  We are very poor, we have no land but my education has given me hope.

Thank you for your support, I won’t let you down, I will always do my best!

I love my school,

With greatest respects,

Mamta

 Please mark July 15th as Bonus Day in your dairy , your donation will go much further!!!

Girls at Dhobi School
Girls at Dhobi School

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