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...
Jul 12, 2012

Three orphaned girls get a new and better future

Sunita With The Girls
Sunita With The Girls

Poverty is a curse. In  Barachatti in Bihar on August 28, 2010. Tejan Kumar father of three daughters died .Tejan Das his wife was the sole support of his three daughters. But after his death they were destitute. If that were not bad enough his wife because with little source of income died shortly afterwards. The three orphaned girls had no food at home. Without any money the eldest daughter buried her mother. Concerned villagers feared they too in time may starve but gave what little spare food they had.

A local rice dealer also gave some food but the girls had no-one to care for them.

It was reported their mother had indeed died of hunger, giving up her food for her children.

The district administration came into action. First People of the chairman, Deepak Kumar said that 15 September 2010 Tejan's three daughters were living here at Rescue Junction Gaya. First Suni of Tejan elder daughter was admitted in school for proper education and now she is studying in Class 7. Today on June 2012 two others daughter of Tejan who was living with Rescue Junction are now also admitted in Ambedkar Residential School, Manpur for better and proper education. Rescue project director Mrs. Sunita Sharma and Counsellor Amit Kumar said that both girls have been sent to school with all their necessary things. On every vacation all the girls will come to Rescue Junction for break and it can treated as their permanent home. Even last summer vacation Soni the elder sister came to Rescue Junction and spent her vacation with her younger sisters and went back again to her school. But now all three girls are at school together, with a bright future ahead.

Rescue junction has the only facilities for Girls in the district. Suni in addition to their formal education also take the craft training on offer as part of the SIGNAL project and so will her sisters when they are older.

Please help us keep this vital center open and keep the programme running. Every cent donated and received by us from Global Giving will be used for the maximum benefit of the girls and from Global Giving funds because they are restricted are never used for any other purpose than project support.

There is an appeal for Rescue Junction generally on Global Giving but everything donated for the project only goes towards our vocational training and support for girls in need under this special initiative. 

We do not even take any administration costs.   

So please spread the word and enable us to give the very best care we can for the girl child in need..

Thanks to all of you who have helped,

Sunita

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Jul 10, 2012

Sunils Story

Sunil
Sunil

This update comes from Sunil Kumar (not his real name which we have changed for child protection reasons).

"Namaste to everybody!!.

You may have seen my story on the Rescue Junction video on the website, for many reasons I do not want to go home and it is not possible I think for ever.

But I am very happy here at my school. My favourite subject is English. Here our teachers really care for us and I love to learn. We get good food and I do not feel that my future will be bad anymore I feel I am lucky i can get such an education because of People First and I will be OK in my life now. It has been explained to me and many other children too how people help us by giving us help and a wonderful chance to be so lucky and we are fortunate to have people care for us.

I study in class two.

With the other children I want to thank you so much for thinking of us".

Sunil is studying full time at a residential school on a People First Scholarship. His letter was translated from Hindi but is unedited

Help us support more children like Sunil and give them a bright future!

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Jun 26, 2012

An Award and Record Referalls from all over India

Our Esteemed Chairman, Deepak Kumar -Ji
Our Esteemed Chairman, Deepak Kumar -Ji

Hi Everyone.

Firstly I should mention our esteemed chairman, Mr Deepak Kumar, ( twice  Bodhgaya Rotary Club Chairman and member of various local committees including one against child labour ) received a " Gem of the Nation" award from the former president of India, Dr Kalam in front of 3,000 people in Patna, the capital of Bihar recently in recognition of his work for People First Educational Charitable Trust. Congratulations to him! - a richly deserved award. It may prove to be the first of many for Deepak, a true Social Worker and a strong leader fighting untiringly for Social Justice.

Here at  Rescue Junction we are now receiving a record number of referrals from all over India, due to the centre now being part of the childline national network. These include child labourers found working in the Himalayas, girls being sold sadly often by their own families into the sex trade at 13 years old.

The traffickers and kidnappers get ever creative at ensnaring girls, One such technique is planting a crying girl when they see a young women or girl going to college alone who says she has got lost and please can you take me home as I don't know where it is, please take to me to this address which she has with her. Of course the address is not home but a place where the girl can be kidnapped or even raped.

The childline number 1098 is toll free and is manned 24 hours a day. Calls from children in distress are responded to immediately. 

Did you know the entire running  costs of our centre still comes out at $50,000 a year. I want to thank all of you for helping us keep the centre open. Your kindness and generosity  is much appreciated.

Sunita Kumari

Rescue Junction children send thier thanks to you
Rescue Junction children send thier thanks to you

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