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...
Sep 19, 2012

Hunger in Bihar

Neelam at Work in the village
Neelam at Work in the village

Dear Supporters,

Greetings from Bihar , in India.

Firstly let me tell you about that most important phenomenon in India- the monsoon after deficient rains the rains have a sting in the tail and are still continuing now when they should have abated. This is helping farmers.

But food inflation remains a huge problem. Regular recipients of this project progress report will know we have discussed this problem in the past but it is true even basic foodstuffs are becoming too expensive for the poor.  We have also talked about the very real problem of malnutrition particularly amongst children.

Please take a moment to look at this BBC report,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19219038

So this is the problem.

But I am happy to report that even in the heavy rains not a single meal was missed and we ensured the supplies reached the often isolated villages. Due to your support we can avoid the scenes shown on the BBC report. In addition, we can continue this important programme that reaches those most in need, everything we receive from Global Giving goes towards providing the children food.

 Just a reminder Global Giving are matching donations on October 17th at up to 30%

Thank you for your wonderful support,

Neelam

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Aug 5, 2012

Monsoon Report

Poor Family in Flood Affected District
Poor Family in Flood Affected District

Dear Supporters,

Following the pattern of recent years there is a North-South Split in the monsoon in Bihar. In the North although so far widespread flooding has been avoided, parts of the south are suffering from deficient rains.  Here is the situation in North Bihar,

Incessant rains in the catchment areas have caused rivers flowing through north Bihar to swell and flood parts of West Champaran, Saharsa and Kishaganj districts. Some of the rivers flowing through the area have crossed the danger mark.

Reports reaching Patna said flood waters have inundated several blocks of West Champaran district following release of water from Valmikinagar barrage. Several villages in Saharsa and Kishanganj were also submerged.

The floodwaters of Gandak and Bhapsa rivers completely submerged a girl’s school at Harna Tad in Bagaha sub-division. About 100 students were evacuated from the school hostel by the administration as the floods, which came yesterday, washed away a bamboo bridge connecting the school building. 

However the widespread flooding of recent years has yet to occur, this is the situation in the South,

Bihar Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh on Thursday said that 25 of 38 Bihar districts are drought-affected. The state government, however, has not officially declared drought in the state.

Singh said, “Though there has been good rainfall in some parts of Bihar, most districts have been facing drought because of below average rainfall.” The minister said the government would assess situation for a few more days and take a call on drought declaration in the affected districts. He also sought cooperation from the Opposition to mount pressure on the Centre to help the state fight drought.

We have people in the north closely monitoring the situation, and we now have good links with the local administration, ready to respond if the rivers rise further.

We send our thanks to all of for all of your help, we ready with immediate aid when the need arises, please look out for further reports.

Deepak Kumar

 


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Jul 15, 2012

Lets start the cycle!

BPL ( Below Poverty LIne family in Bihar
BPL ( Below Poverty LIne family in Bihar

Well, after a slow start let’s get the cycle going!

Much has been written about breaking the cycle of poverty, well here’s a simple way to use  a cycle to break the cycle!

We would reach out to clubs or groups families, or maybe classes in schools to raise funds to buy one cycle rickshaw to help a family below the poverty line raise funds for themselves and improve their lives.

We would be happy to paint it in your schools or organisations colours and paint a donated by message.

The cost of vegetables have risen to levels unaffordable by the poor, 48 million people that’s 48% of the entire population of Bihar live in poverty. That’s less than 2 dollars a day.

The picture shows a poor family first in line for their rickshaw, as the mother of the family says. “We have two older brothers who could get money from our rickshaw which would make all the difference to us. We could never afford one and we cannot get loans”

Please help them.

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