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...
Jan 4, 2013

A New Year and a new start

Dear Friends and Supporters ,

A happy new year to you all. We have had a very succesfull time on our GlobalGiving pages in December, people are so generous and kind.

We have had a think about this project and since we started it Global Giving have intoduced micro projects. It seems to us we would like to make this project a micro project and we are talking to Global Giving about it. It would mean that we actually show the families from below the poverty line who would get a rickshaw and therefore a big opportunity to boost thier income. Please watch this space!

Here is the busy winter season in Bodhgaya, but we plan to donate rickshaws in the village areas too. They are low maintence and can add a considerable amount in relative terms to a families income. When we give our first rickshaw, hopefully this month we will follow how much that family earns in a month and give some personal feedback to donors.

For all the deveopment here in Bihar, the scale of poverty is huge with more than 50 million people struggling on an income of under 2 USD a day. This project may be small in scale but it will make a huge difference to the families involved. 

Thank you for all your help and we will give some details of our first rickshaw families!

Have a great New Year! 

Rakesh

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Dec 21, 2012

Help Children and Young People follow their Chosen Path

Kanjiar Kindergarten
Kanjiar Kindergarten

Hello  Everyone,

This is Naresh Sir with your regular progress report. I want to first wish you the best compliments of the season and express on behalf of us all at People First our very best wishes for a great new year for all of you and your near and dear ones.

The photograph above was taken very recently at a kindergarten run by People First in the village of Kanjiar in South Bihar.  One wonders what the future will bring for all these children , what path lies ahead of them, what will  they achieve in their lives?

The mission statement of People First, which can be found on our website ( the link is below) talks of giving opportunity to those it has been denied due to poverty family circumstances or oppression. This appeal helps Children under our CAPS scheme, (which means Children’s Academic Personal Scholarships). As you know it may in the future enable some of these children to be sponsored through college or University, something they could never achieve without help. You donations go directly to help such students.

But what about those who may have other skills, or are budding musicians or have a practical aptitude and need vocational training? We want to help as many of them as we can.

Therefore I am pleased to announce that from January 2013 we are incorporating the current CAPS students into a new more inclusive programme, the T.O.P.S programme , which simply means “The Opportunities Programme”. Please look out for more details of this programme in our next update. With your help we can help an ever wider range of poor students who deserve to realise their full potential in life. Please kindly read Upendra’s story on our website which is just one example of the impact on just one Life.

Lets join together and give opportunities to young people, it can change everything, because positive Social change starts with education.

Here a comment from Ranjeet, a 10th Class student now preparing for his Class 10 examinations.

“ I was working washing pots at a roadside café a long way from home when one of the teachers at the People First School in my village, Kanjiar persuaded my parents to send me to School in Bodhgaya on a CAPS place. It was hard at first, no one in my family is educated. But oh my goodness me, what a chance I have to really be something now, to earn and help my family after my studies, pleae help students like me. Thank you so much!” 

“And yes I love playing cricket too”!

With Best Wishes and Appreciation to all of you,

Naresh

and yes I love playing cricket too!
and yes I love playing cricket too!
Dec 13, 2012

Not Everybody is Bad!

Girls Learning Chess at the Centre
Girls Learning Chess at the Centre

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings, Season’s Greetings indeed! from our centre to all of you and your family.

You know of all the work we do here, the abandoned infants , the trafficked children, it is our work with girls that particularly stands out in my opinion. Why?

Well there are no other facilities for girls in the whole district, (with its population of nearly half a million), and the girls that come to us find a safe and welcome place that has their best interests at the heart of everything that we do.  

Let Shila (not her real name), tell you in her own words,

“ My family are desperately poor. Do you know they have a term here for girls in the villages- somebody else’s wealth. But my family did try and care for me, but when my father died from sickness everything changed. There are three brothers and three sisters in my family, I am the oldest I think I am about 14 years of age.

I had to go to Gaya to find work as a domestic servant in a rich families house, I was made to work so hard. I was beaten sometimes, but what really made me run away was when the owner of the house tried to force himself on me. I fought him off with a big saucepan! I ran into the night.

I did not know where to go, so I went to the station where a man talked to me in a kindly way, he had a card with him but I cannot read. But he talked on the phone and then a women came and she said we can help you, I fell into her arms crying. She was from Rescue Junction and I am living there now. I am learning crafts to such a standard I will be able to earn for my family and not have to leave the village again. I can do this after School because yes I am learning to read and write .

Thank you .

Not everybody is bad.

For the first time in my life I realise most people are good”.  

Shila Kumari Age 14

Please help us help more girls like Shila .

We depend entirely on voluntary donations and every cent we receive WILL go towards helping the girls in their care, and the girls yet to come to us.

Thank You

Sunita

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