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 9, 2012

Baby left near the toilet on a train goes home

Baby Left on Train
Baby Left on Train

Hello Everyone!

I hope the New Year brings joy for you and your family!

The cold winter months are here in Bihar now, and the welcoming warmth of Rescue Junction saves many children's lives at this time of year.

I wanted to tell you all an amazing story, sometimes we wonder what we will see come through the door next.

A frightened and cold ten month old child was very recently brought to us by the Police having been found with a bottle of milk crying next to the toilet of an express train as it came into Gaya Junction.  We have built up a good relationship with the local media who are very supportive of the project so we turned to them, as well as using our community contacts to try and trace the family.  I am pleased to tell you we were able locate the mother, a women living in poverty near a station over 80km or 50 miles away.  But she is able to care for her child whom she loves very much.

It turns out her father in a drunken state took the child when the mother went to fetch water and boarded a train. He then left the train at another station, abandoning the child near the toilet. With our support, charges have now been brought against him of what I believe is called in the west “reckless child endangerment”

I want you also to know your support enabled us to buy many warm sweaters and clothing for the children,and we have noticed that many donations came in November from Global Giving UK . They were given anonymously, but whoever you are our children thank you. And thanks to all of you who have shown you really do care about helping change these children’s lives for the better.

God Bless you all,

Sunita

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Dec 12, 2011

Hot Food For Winter Days

Clean Plates for a healthy Meal
Clean Plates for a healthy Meal

Compliments of the season to all of you, from Bihar in India.

Here cold foggy mornings and chilly nights are already upon us.

I thought I would start this update by referring to the terrible epidemic of Japanese encephalitis in our District, Gaya. This from a press agency (PTI) dated the 8th December 2011.

Suspected Japanese encephalitis, which causes irritation and swelling of the brain, has claimed three more lives since Wednesday, taking the toll to 92 children in Bihar’s Gaya district in the last three-and-half months, an official said.

“Three more children died since the last 24 hours,” an official said Thursday. The children reported high fever, followed by bouts of unconsciousness and convulsions. Most of the children belonged to poor families.

The first encephalitis-related death in the district this year was reported Aug 23.

All the children died at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) in Gaya, about 100 km from Patna, said district health officials.

The hospital’s paediatrics department head, Dr. A.K. Ravi told IANS on phone that till date, 92 children have died due to the disease. More than 395 children with suspected encephalitis were admitted for treatment.

“Most of the children are from rural areas of Gaya and neighbouring districts. Over two dozen children are still battling for their lives,” he said.

Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain resulting either from a viral infection or when the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the brain tissue.

I am pleased to report however that our health team has not found a single case in the villages where we work, due to immunisation from the team,and good health advice and communication with our village health workers.

And of course the hot nutritious meal really plays such an important part in maintaining the health and well being of children.  

And the vitamin supplements and other benefits to children’s health that this appeal has enabled.

Thanks to your help hundreds of children have enjoyed a healthy hot meal at the cost of just one US dollar per meal. As senior practice nurse for the project I can personally vouch for the joy happiness and proven health benefits these meals bring for these very poor children.

Thank you all so much for your kindness.

the photo shows that other key factor for health, clean water. The children are washing thier plates from a deep bore water pump paid for by another ongoing appeal on Global Giving, "Clean water in village India!

May you and your family have a wonderful New Year!

Neelam

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Dec 5, 2011

Our doors are always open to children in need

Greetings from some Rescue Junction Children!!
Greetings from some Rescue Junction Children!!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

May I send my very best compliments of the season to you all from here in Bihar India.

There is much to report from Rescue Junction.

Firstly we hope to be in the future the centre in our for the free child line service in our area. It is a great compliment to be recommended for this vital service. Please look out for future updates with regard to this development.

We have had many admissions since our last report, but of course these emergency admissions are a very important part of our work only, as we provide 24 hour car with food and education for all street children in the area. With regard to the cases we make public we always get permission from the family and the young person concerned  to do so, and they agree because they know the more people that know about our work the better chance we have of getting the support we need for the work to continue in the future.

One girl was persuaded by her “boyfriend” to come to Gaya where she was drugged and sadly sexually assaulted before managing to run away from the house where she was kept for 24 hours and entered the nearest police station in a distressed state. After extensive counselling and medical care, and the arrangement of ongoing support she has been reunited with her family. As is often the case neither the girl nor her family wished to press charges against the perpetrators, however the police are aware of them and they are now under supervision. We have to respect the wishes of the victim and family, but you can be sure arrest will be a minute away if these people try anything similar anytime soon. For obvious reasons we are not publishing photographs of the victim in this case.

I have to report to you all a very sad thing.  Late at night a woman travelling with a small baby on a local train arrived at Gaya Station. But she had died, and the police arrived just in time to prevent some anti social elements from taking the baby in order perhaps to sell it, they have been arrested.

The very distressed child who we have named Anchal, which means Shelter, is being comforted by female staff at Rescue Junction. The woman (we think the mother) is awaiting a post mortem but remains unidentified. If we cannot trace Anchal’s family we will place her with the nearest recognised adoption home run by Mother Teresa in another district for adoption by a loving Indian family.  Contrary to what is sometimes understood there is a waiting list of such families to adopt and so we do not believe in International adoption placements.

We are both inspired and grateful for your wonderful support. I feel I cannot help but mention we have recently received a number of cheques through Global Giving UK from an anonymous source, whoever you are, thank you on behalf of all of our children so much!

And of course to everyone else who made a donation, no matter how small it all helps us to continue to provide these important services to vulnerable children.

Please see the links below for our website and Facebook page.

With Kind Regards,

Sunita

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