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...
Mar 11, 2011

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Devnandan at Work
Devnandan at Work

Greetings to you all!

I want to tell you the story of a boy called Devnandan. Devnandan has lived on the station for as long as he can remember, physically challenged with the loss of an arm in childhood in a freak accident with a thresher mill, he sweeped trains and begged to survive from day to day with little future ahead of him.

He began to attend Rescue Junction, took a keen interest in the educational classes and began to gain self respect.

An opportunity came to him some months ago to study air conditioner and fridge repairing as a vocational training course ,and despite his lack of formal education he successfully passed the course and took a loan from the Trust under our LIFE (Lindum Individual Fund for Enterprise) programme to start his own business. " Himalaya Service Centre".

He has now come from a beggar to businessman, a whole new life in front of him.

As Devnandan himself comments, " I never though that I would have a chance like this"

As ever thanks for all your support, and may with your help turnaround more young lives like Devnandan.

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Mar 8, 2011

Sheetals Story- Educating Girls and Changing Lives


My name is Sheetal. I am 16 years of age. I have 2 brothers and I live in a small dwelling by the main road in Gaya India. My family is very poor and my mother works cleaning houses for about 50 Rupees a day.( Note about $1.10 cents). My father is too ill to work. I was lucky to go a People First School and get an education, but with my brothers being small I also need to help the family.

People First gave me a wonderful chance under the CAPS programme, and because of my situation found a part time work experience and job training opportunity in the People First Office where I am learning bookeeping and accounting. But due to support from the CAP's programme I also want to do do a Basic Diploma in Computing skills.

If it were not for the People First Staff counselling my parents to allow my education to go forward I would probably be married now with no real future .

I want to say these opportunities given by People First to myself and many others are our way out from a life without hope.

Thank you for all your help and I ask you on behalf of all of the students in this fantastic programme, please help us, against the odds, to make our dreams come true.


NOTE  This was translated from Hindi and is unedited.


Feb 14, 2011

New Hope and a new life

Going to a new life
Going to a new life

Greetings to all our supporters, we hope this update finds you well

Do you remember two very small girls were found abandoned on the station on two separate occasions?

After extensive efforts including a lot of publicity we were unable to locate their families, sadly it seems as if they were left on purpose. Rescue Junction cared for them whilst efforts were made to secure their future.  We are very pleased to be able to tell you places were found in an adoption home and the two girls will soon be in a new loving Indian family .

Meanwhile the children recently celebrated the festival of the god of education with prayers and sweets.

But of course  getting missing children home is only part of the centres role, look out for our next newsletter which will show Dev Nandan a regular attender at Rescue Junction who lost an arm in a train accident (as railway children often run the risk of such injuries), opening his new air conditioner repair shop after undergoing vocational training.

All this is due to the support of people like you.

With Best Wishes and thanks to you all,


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