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Dec 4, 2017

WORKING WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Health Check Up
Health Check Up

Hi Everyone

Thanks to all of who generously donated to our recent flood appeal. Due to a grant from GlobalGiving we reached our target and we were able to help hundreds of people.

Floods come to Bihar every year but they do vary in severity, it’s the monsoon swelling the mountain rivers of Nepal as they rush down to the plains of the Ganges. This year was different. Normally there is a period of flooding, people leave their homes only to return to clean up as best they can and start again. This year there were two periods of major flooding in fact people had already returned to their homes and were swept away by new unexpected flood waters which explains the relatively high death toll this year.

We needed to react immediately to help our fellow Bihari’s and we had as three-pronged strategy.

First was immediate help in the form of mosquito nets medical help from our health team, water purifying tablets, medicines, tarpaulins, matches, torches etc. Sometimes we worked very closely with the local administration in ensuring efficient distribution of emergency relief materials.

Secondly after the immediate emergency was more medium-term assistance, help with house repair costs. purchase of animals etc, clothing for the children especially as normality was slowly restored.   

Thirdly we followed up this help with free health camps.

We did have a budget for some elevated hand water pumps but the need was so great we concentrated our resources purely on humanitarian efforts.

We have achieved our goal with the funds available and so we are now closing the appeal.

We adopted an approach working closely with village and community leaders who do know the situation in their own areas best and this enables effective help to be quickly deployed.   

May I thank you all for your wonderful support for the Appeal. We were able to help a lot of people at a very local almost personal level and everybody sends there thanks to you.

Nick Hansen

 

 

 

  

 

 

    

Flooded village
Flooded village
Immediate Assistance
Immediate Assistance
Relief on its way
Relief on its way
Village
Village

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Nov 27, 2017

A sewing machine, and the power of women

My name is Dipa Devi and I oversee Piani Sewing Centre.

I want to tell you how it has changed our village. Before the women were isolated we could not really meet especially in an organised way.

The sewing centre changed everything. It started some time ago when one of our women came to the centre with a bruised face. He husband had beaten her when drunk, not for the first time. We decide to confront the man at his home, all of us. The arrival of 30 women outside the simple mud dwelling caused a stir and much embarrassment for the fellow. He begged for forgiveness and made a vow not to raise his hand to his wife or children ever again. In the male dominated world of the village fear of loss of esteem has really helped redressed the balance of respect locally.

And of course, the women who have completed their training on a hand operated sewing machine can avail a long-term interest free loan and for the first time have money of their own.

A new machine costs  $150,  and we need so even more women can join our group .

Thank you on behalf of us all for your kind support .

Dipa

Women at the Centre
Women at the Centre

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Oct 24, 2017

IF YOU THINK EDUCATION IS EXPENSIVE TRY IGNORANCE

People First school students
People First school students

Namaste to everybody!

The above quote from Albert Einstein is one of our favourite quotes!

But I am going to hand over this report now to one of our sponsored students, who wants to tell you his story. GlobalGiving are quite rightly very careful about publishing personally identifiable information so we have changed the name but nothing else has been changed.

“Hello Everyone.

My name is Gordon and I am now 18 years old. I am studying commerce at Gaya College. My family is very poor and sent me to work at ten years old ,and I was washing pots at a roadside café (dhaba). No-one in my family has an education.

My father and mother cannot read and write.

I remember very well the day  when the village teacher came from the People First village school to see me. I was not attending the school ,but he said he had heard that I was working washing pots ,and that with what little money I had left after giving most of my earnings to my parents, that I had bought a simple alphabet book and was trying to learn the letters. He told me that he was going to speak to my parents and try and get permission for to get sponsored by People First for an education in a residential school of my choice. I said yes, as the owner of the roadside stall did not treat me well and sometimes slapped and hit me.

I went to school but it was hard.

In India class progression is not based on age but on passing the grades, so I was sitting in a class of five and six-year olds. I wanted to give up, but the school were so kind. They gave me extra tuition and I studied hard and soon progressed through the classes. After some years I got first division in my school leaving examinations (the top ten per cent )and know I am studying commerce with a bright future ahead of me 

The funds came from the sponsorship fund that you have donated to, so please accept my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to you all.

Gordon   

 

 

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