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...
Oct 15, 2015

Our Sewing Centre

Our Sewing Centre
Our Sewing Centre

Hi Everyone!

Its time for another update and we hought we would ask a woman from the sewing centre to write it for us,here it is!

My name is Hemanti Devi,

I am young mother and about 23 years of age, and I was married very young and I have four children 2 boys and 2 girls. The women in our village they are so happy to have our sewing centre in our village.

I have to ask my husband permission to leave the house even for market. I understand the women in other country have more freedom than us ,and life is here very hard .

My husband is a poor farmer and some time it is difficult to put food on the table.

I really wanted to know how much sewing centre means in all our village for all the women. It is the place where we can meet and support each other and learn useful skills. I have reached the stage where I have now can sew so well , I can apply for loan on very low rate to the womens self help group attached to the centre to get my own sewing machine.

This will enable me make my own children clothes and even sell in our local market.

So thank you so much for all your support and it’s a lot for me.

It means a lot to everybody here,

Thank you All,

Hermanti  Devi

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Sep 18, 2015

THE EVIL OF THOSE WHO WOULD SELL CHILDREN FOR SEX

Riya with other children at the centre
Riya with other children at the centre

Namaste to you all,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well

First may I introduce myself?  I am Riya the new Director of Rescue Junction here in Gaya. Many of you may know from the lovely farewell Sunita wrote in the last report on Rescue Junction on Global Giving that  Sunita left her post recently for personal reasons, and what a great Job she has done,  If you have not read her farewell it’s very moving and well worth reading.

You can find it here….

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-street-children-in-india/updates/

And so onto this report, concerning our special programme for girls here at Rescue Junction which includes all kinds of support and craft training for the girls that come through our doors at Rescue Junction.

When I went through my orientation and training before I took up my post I was shown some figures and I thought they might be interesting to share with you.

In 2015 so far a total of six raids with the police have taken place on local brothels and hotels with Rescue Junction staff rescuing 14 children (girls) the youngest of which was just 13 years of age. For obvious reasons I can’t divulge our future timetable, and plans for future raids but rest assured these people involved in this evil business can no longer rest easy. Over seven people have been arrested so far as a result of these raids and all are in Jail. It is regrettable that some of these persons are female.

But over 60 girls this year so far have come to Rescue Junction from all kinds of abusive situations.

Here is the story of one of them. (Not the real name)

Pritya has 2 brothers and all had gone to school. Her father was a mason. Four months ago she went to the fields near her home for call of nature .Two persons catch her by force, using perhaps chloroform and brought to the nearest railway station. After she recovered using threats of harm against her if she did not comply and brought her to Gaya railway station. Both person took her to the brothel and sold her The owner of brothel beat her. She were crying bitterly and when she said I want to go home go home then that woman beat..    A team from Rescue Junction raided the brothel, and rescued 9 minor girls.

Pritya needed a lot of counselling and the craft training helped of course. We have specially trained female counsellors who in my short period here I have seen how good they are. She has now gone home to her family but will come for counselling once a month for as long as she feels she needs the support.

She is 15 years of age.

She is back in school and getting back to a normal life, slowly healing as each day passes.

I thank you all, for your help as this, so important work needs help to continue. Through our careful records we have worked out it costs on average of $250 to rescue a girl and support her for up to a year.

So please help us rescue a girl child today, every single dollar helps,

Thank You,

Riya

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Sep 14, 2015

What a wonderful thing hope is!

Me at School!
Me at School!

 Hi Everyone,

I am Naresh Sir in charge of the education programme here at People First

Welcome to report number thirty for this important project which directly supports students born into poverty improve their and their family’s lives immeasurably. I have decided that Ranjeet a sponsored student in Delhi would form the basis of this update. It is based on a series of interviews in Hindi with Ranjeet, but these are his words and we have not edited or embellished them. It is however a very personal account.

Obviously he has given his full permission, but according to Global Giving Guidelines regarding personally identifiable information we have changed his name.

“The photo above is me at school,  as a sponsored student from People First.

 The photo below is me now!, still a sponsored student at People First!

 What a journey it has been.

My goodness me by the grace of god and the kindness of others I believe I can build a much better future for myself my family and my own children to come. Like all journeys it wasn’t easy, no journey worth making rarely is, but I am now stepping with hope onto the road of a new life, due to the generosity of people like you.

If there was a word which summarises my experience so far it is hope. What a wonderful thing hope is when you haven’t experienced it in your early life  and when just to be able to get some food some vegetables even as a treat was as much as I could have hoped for.

How things have changed.

My story is simple, People First village school, then a sponsored residential place and full time education in a school of my choice and then a chance to study Spanish in Delhi. I don’t mind admitting I struggled so much when I came to Delhi, I was only fifteen or sixteen,( I still don’t really know my birthday, but my mother says it was  a clear winters night),  a bit lost, homesick, lonely a bit, but I knew I could never give up. I failed an exam, I went to my room and wept, I was quite sad and then something happened.

That night I prayed to God for strength and when I awoke I got a text message on my (very dumb) phone, from home. It was my mother just telling me how proud they were of me, the whole family and that I could have a wonderful future, it was in my hands.  

Do you know I want to tell you, I began to understand that day that to progress, to overcome difficulty , it is a kind of test. Nothing good comes without work and effort  and you have to work with all your heart and soul to make things  happen. It is the opportunity that meant I was so lucky but it was mine to take, and by God I was going to take it.

And as I studied hard, things got so much better I got new friends, I gained in confidence, and I now know who I am.

I am Ranjeet Kumar a boy from the poor end of the village who didn’t even have a pair of sandals until People First bought me some, who now realises he owes so much to others that it is my duty to help others as soon as I am in a position to do so,  and I can use my experiences to help others. My whole family will not go hungry ever again in the future. But also I realise that hard work can really change everything, and this you have to do yourself.

So thank you all those who are helping me achieve my dreams, I can never forget what people have done for me, and I never will.

Today the sun is shining!!

 Note from Naresh Sir…

After initially struggling Ranjeet improved with his studies so rapidly he ended up top of his class gaining an 83% mark in his final advanced diploma. He is presently studying Spanish and Portuguese up to degree level at JNU University in Delhi, one of the most prestigious public universities in the country.

If you are wondering what the cost is of supporting Ranjeet in his studies in Delhi, it is $50 a week. Every single dollar donated helps students like him.

It is only a lack of funding which prevents us from helping more students like Ranjeet, and we do as you know from previous reports have a very good record under this programme of helping Girl Students.

So thank you all for your support.

I wish you all well,

Naresh

  

Me Today!
Me Today!

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