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 10, 2012

Sunils Story


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!


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


Jun 26, 2012

The Monsoon Rains bring Life after the Burning Heat

HIgh Energy Protein Biscuits- Also Tasty!
HIgh Energy Protein Biscuits- Also Tasty!

Hello everyone!

Since our last report the hot season has finally (on June 20th) subsided . It is worth mentioning the temperatures that are reached here .Regularly in the months of May and June temperatures reach 48C, that's 118F in the shade. Of course temperatures like this claim hundreds of lives every year but our Health team set up cooling centres, with plenty of water and ORS sachets, and with health advice and treatment for heat stroke from our trained village health workers casulties from the heat are kept to zero in the project areas.

But the rains have come, but they are fickle and already the heat has started to rise again.

The picture shows a student at our kindergarten enjoying high energy biscuits but with your help we have been able to provide extra glucose drinks to hundreds of children and Oral Rehydration Sachets to replenish body salts.

Some of the villages are very Isolated but we have a 4WD vehicle which means we can reach these villages and continue the food programme, making sure the children get their meals regularly thanks to your support. As Meena says, an eight year old girl living in one of the villages says, " in our home we only have rice and sometimes a little vegetables which we cook on a wood fire. "Dal is too expensive for us and so is cooking oil" I look forward to the food we get from you because it has dal and sometimes eggs and it tastes good"

With Best Wishes and Thanks to you all,




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