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 29, 2016

Another Story from Rescue Junction of a Brave Young Girl- raped but recovering.

Kushi in her mother arms
Kushi in her mother arms

Hi Friends and Supporters,

This is Riya, project manager here at the Gaya children’s centre  Rescue Junction, here in Gaya in South Bihar with another update for you all.

Welcome rain is falling here, it’s the monsoon season which is so important for Bihar.

In this update I want to concentrate on just one story, the story of a young girl now living at Rescue Junction. It is a sad story but we hope also a story of hope.

Rani (name changed) comes from a poor family living in a broken down shack near the railway line. Her father went to work most days as a daily wage earner earning an average of 400 INR ( about 6 dollars and fifty cents a day), Her mother works as a domestic servant, earning even less .

This meant Rani was often alone in her house and her neighbour a 21 year old man who visited her home on many occasions and forced himself upon her. She tried to refuse but was threatened with the words “If you tell anybody I will kill you” and many of these attacks were made at knifepoint.

But crying all the time, and in terrible distress , Rani eventually found the courage to tell her mother about the rapes and she took her to the hospital who confirmed she was three months pregnant.

When the doctors alerted the authorities the director of the district child protection unit ordered her admission immediately to Rescue Junction for care and protection.  On the 2nd July 2016 ,Rani gave birth to a normal healthy baby girl whom she named “Kushi” which means “happiness”.

It is thanks to your support that we are able to care for Rani and work with her and the family to make the best decisions for all concerned, support and offer her craft training and give her the love she needs to begin to heal.

Her full time care costs $100 a week.

Criminal cases have been lodged and our specially trained lawyer is offering the best legal advice to the family and is seeking exemplary punishment for the offender. 

Thank you all,

Riya

PS:  We do need a new kitchen at Rescue Junction in order to enable us to provide meals in a healthy and bright environment and then we hope to offer cooking classes too , not just for the girls mind you! If you or your friends could hold a fundraiser for this much needed facility that would be fantastic, It’s quite easy to set up a fundraiser on Global Giving and we give our absolute guarantee that all the money we receive for this appeal will be used for that purpose and that purpose only.

Here is the appeal address, but it’s also in the links below.

 https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/rescue-junction-needs-a-shiny-new-kitchen/

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Jul 27, 2016

NOT FOR SALE

NOT FOR SALE
NOT FOR SALE

Hello Everyone,

It’s time for a new update.

Firstly, we would like to thank especially Kave and Christin for their fundraiser connected with their wedding and everybody who donated so generously. You can find the fundraiser here,

https://www.globalgiving.org/f17651/

We would also like to thank our recurring regular donors both old and new, thank you all!

We are as busy as ever here at the Junction, it’s the monsoon season, torrential showers and cloudy skies.

Based on information received about a child trafficker keeping children at his home we were able to conduct a raid with the police and labour department and rescued five children. Average age was 11 years of age. Our anti trafficking unit wants to spread the message children are not for sale.

There is also a sad case of a 13-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and was rescued following a 1098 Childline call from a concerned member of the public. Pritya (name changed) gave birth to a little girl after admission to Rescue Junction and mother and child are doing well and receiving special care. Counselling is going on.

She has named the child “Kushi” which means happiness.

Other news is that we have a brand new appeal on Global Giving for a new Kitchen here at the centre, this is not just a matter of a getting a fridge, the whole room needs to be gutted and refitted as a modern clean much needed facility. When it is completed we will be able to offer cooking classes and definitely not just for the girls!

Just for your information the new appeal is here,

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/rescue-junction-needs-a-shiny-new-kitchen/

Once again, thanks to you all,your support means so much to us. We also need your support and help so we can serve the children better and help keep them safe and well

Riya

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Jul 5, 2016

Our Sewing Centre helps keep us safe

Women together
Women together

Hello everyone,

Time for an update, and this time we asked a village council member to tell us about the impact of the women’s sewing centre in the village. It is based on an interview in Hindi but it has not been edited.

My name is Divya and I am one of the members of the village council. The first women ever.

Our village is isolated, very poor and comprises of mainly poor lower caste subsistence farmers or daily wage labourers. Many huts are made only of mud with straw for a roof.

The sewing centre enables women to meet and learn a skill in a supportive environment, this you probably know this but it does more than this.   It helps keep the village women safe. You perhaps know our government here banned alcohol recently, the women were generally happy at first. But the ban is a scam, alcohol is freely available on the black market everywhere and there has been a huge increase in violent crime especially towards women including rapes of minors (children) where items such as guns have been inserted in private parts. Not in this village but in this area.  

The sewing centre is a real force for women here, they are united together and will not hesitate to report any bad behaviour from men towards the women to the authorities. If they dare touch one of us badly all women will respond and make sure they are punished.

I want to thank all of you who have helped the centre helping women in many ways but above all helping to keep them safe.

Divya Devi

 

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