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...
May 5, 2016

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At Rescue Junction
At Rescue Junction

Hello Everyone

It’s time for another update from Rescue Junction here in Bihar.

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but my goodness me it’s hot here!  We have been keeping the children cool and have arranged extra water as temperatures have already reached over 45C (that’s 113F) in the shade.

As you know our centre is open 24 hours a day and of course it is open for all children, boys and girls, and no child is ever turned away.

Our skilled and trained counsellors know when maybe something is not quite right and gently help and support children in the often painful process of disclosure.

I want to tell you the story of a girl called Nirmala (name changed, and her picture is not in this report) who was brought to the centre by a railway child as we call them, (children with no permanent home and before Rescue Junction used to live full time on the station). He knew that she was in trouble and we often find that the other children who come to the centre are always looking out for other children in need.

Nirmala told the story she had gone to her local station to “look at the trains” and went on one, which then started, however she did not get off at the next station but travelled over 50Km until the train reached Gaya .

Gaya is a big station and there is not CCTV coverage on all platforms and if there is its usually not working but crucially we have the porters (coolies) railway police, the general public and platform children all looking out for trafficked or children who are alone. Unfortunately, there are always those on the station who are not interested in a child’s best welfare, far from it and we have a very limited time to get to that child before they do.

Your donations have paid for craft teachers and support workers to work with the girls and take their mind off their circumstances and help them with a skill at the same time, and I want you to know that is often in these classes run very informally, that girls feel able to speak about their ordeal.

So it was with Nirmala who disclosed to our worker that she had been in fact sexually abused by her father for many years and was running away from home. I am sorry to tell you that Nirmala is just ten years old.

She is now under our full care and protection and we are working with the child welfare committee in planning for her future. Police enquires as Nirmala is unsure of her exact address are very much underway.

I want to thank you all as always for your kindness, and  I wish you all well,

Riya

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Apr 8, 2016

WOMANS COMPANY

Our Centre
Our Centre

Hello friends and supporters,

My name is Surya Kumari (name changed according to privacy protection policy) and I live in the village of Piani in Jharkhand in India. Our village is far from the main road and has no electricity and no doctor but it does have a school run by People First.

In the school building there is our sewing centre and its very popular, it is one of the lights of our village and over 30 women come to the centre every day from Monday to Friday after our chores are completed to learn sewing so we can after some time get a loan for our own machine and make a little money for the first time in our lives to use ourselves.

We have eight machines in our centre and we need more as we have to take it in turns to use the machines, can you help us buy another one?   

When people ask me what I like about my centre is that it is a centre for women to meet and that is so important to us, so important, even women who have their own machines come back to help teach and we all enjoy a cup of tea together and share our woes and joys.

Thank you so much for all your help for us, everybody here wants to send their thanks to you

Surya

(Translated from Hindi but is unedited )

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Mar 8, 2016

Thank you for your help

children of the village
children of the village

Hello everybody

I am Deepak chairperson of People First

Sadly we have decided to close this particular appeal.

We shall continue to do our best for the children as resources allow.

we shall continue to run the small school there and try our best to improve the education on offer as best we can 

Please be assured your kind donations were used solely for the benefit of the children at the school.

Please kindly follow us on FB – the link is below for details and updates of all our work including this school,

With Thanks and best wishes,

Deepak  

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