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...
Mar 25, 2013

"People First are the wind beneath my wings"

Pramilla
Pramilla

My name is Pramilla and I come from a village in South Bihar where People First has a women’s sewing centre where I can meet with friends and learn a skill. My family is very poor and our house walls are made of mud but we have some tiles on our roof.

I came to know that before People First had only funds for children and young people for Academic Studies but now they have a new scheme called the TOP scheme which means THE OPPORTUNITY FUND where you could apply for help with vocational training too. I really loved learning to sew and I got a loan from People First to get my own machine but of course I still visit my village centre because all my friends go there. Then I heard that in the nearest city I could do further training in tailoring in a college that will mean I can get a professional certificate of competence. I plan to have my own small business maybe with one or two other women to really supplement and help my family. I applied for a grant, not a loan from People First who considered my work to be enough of a high standard and I was so happy when I found out the grant had been given to me and I could go to college for a year to study, There is no way I could afford the charges or costs and so I have a new hope in Life. You are the wind beneath my wings. Thank you!”  

(This was from an interview with Pramilla) 

As regular donors will know the Trust wishes to expand the range of opportunities to young people beyond just academic skills. With your help we can give more chances to young people like Pramilla.

Thank you for all your support.

Please see our Facebook page ( the link is below) for two examples of ex TOP students, Santosh and Sanjay who are really progressing in their lives due to the scheme. 

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Mar 7, 2013

We are just as important as boys!

Volunteer at Rescue Junction
Volunteer at Rescue Junction

Hi Everyone!

This is Sunita the project director with another report. The cold winter days have gone and the heat of summer awaits.

As you know this projects aims to train girls at risk in craft training to such a high level that they will be able to sell the stuffed toys and other items that they make.

We assist the older girls in getting safe accommodation together and our staff support them through this process. If you do not mind we would like to add tailoring skills to the courses we can offer these girls and we have a micro project called “Help girls at risk learn sewing skills” on Global Giving . Please take a look !!

But of course the girls also need a basic education and the photograph shows a volunteer from the UK helping out at the centre. You can visit our website (the link is below) for details of the volunteer programme but this year’s programme is already full.

There is also the problem of child marriage.The below is from a press report, 

Bihar is one of the hotspots of child marriage in India as 51 percent girls there are married even before they are 18 years of age, officials said here Wednesday.

"Fifty-one percent of girls are married before they are 18 in Bihar," said N. Vijaya Lakshmi, managing director of the Women Development Corporation of the state government.

In her welcome address at a day-long workshop on the prevention of child marriage in Bihar, she said the mean age at marriage for girls is 17.4 in the state as against 19.5 for the country.

"Child marriage is rampant but reporting is poor. Lack of data is a key issue to make a difference," she said.

According to her, the vicious circle of poverty works in predictable patterns in Bihar. Poverty coupled with other social factors lead to early marriage. The child marriage then leads to deprivation of education and vulnerability to health risks and increases the risk of domestic violence and abuse.

I will leave you with  quotes from some of our girls here at the centre,

Without you I have no other place to go, it is the first time in my life I have found love and care” 

It is the first time I have found respect” 

“We are just as important as boys”

Thanks for all your help, please remember March 13th is matching donation day on Global Giving so that’s the day to help!

Sunita

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Feb 20, 2013

What a Cold WInter that was!!

The Joy of a Good Meal
The Joy of a Good Meal

Greetings Everybody!

Our winter season here lasts from mid December to mid February and my goodness me what a cold winter it was with temperatures close to freezing, record lows in fact.

We were able due to provide emergency blankets and clothes and even wood for a communal bonfire to help keep the villagers warm.  And because of your generosity we supplemented the meal programme with hot drinks and added extra breakfast meals of steaming hot porridge.

If you were to visit the village here in Bihar you would see quite lush fields of crops although water is in short supply which is why the deep water pump provided by another fully funded Global Giving appeal is so important but you may wonder why can’t they grow their own food. They can to a certain extent, but the problem is they do not own the land they farm, in fact the landlord is often far away. It gets worse , often in return for loans taken from the landlord for sickness or a marriage the interest rates are so high they can never pay it back and become “bonded labour” . It’s a form of slavery and it’s not legal. These problems are not going to be solved overnight and in some cases the government have granted land to landless families.

Cases are in the courts but they can drag on for years and in the meantime children go hungry. But not in this village, thanks to you.

On behalf of all of villagers, our heartfelt appreciation goes out to you.

Neelam

Food Glorious Food
Food Glorious Food

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