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...
Nov 25, 2011

Give Water Give Life!

Water Pump One
Water Pump One

Dear Friends and Supporters,

First I want to thank you for the donations we have recieved since the last report for this important appeal.

The beauty of this appeal is that it offers a real opportunity to improve the lives of so many people, improve childrens health and really transform the daily routine of water fetching and carrying for so many women.

Clean Water is the single most important factor regarding health .

As you know we have raised $1,719 for this appeal at the time of writing this report and that each pump costs $500.

So we need just $281 more to start installing the much needed next pump.

Every dollar will only go towards the pump, nothing is deducted here in India, and we can start the process immediately.

We have some pictures of Water Pumps installed due to your help with this report.

This festive season why not gift a whole pump to village?, if you would like to name it in your familys name ,or in memory of someone let us know by writing to india_peoplefirst@yahoo.com and a picture of the installed pump with your name on it will be included in the next update.

But any donation no matter how small is most important to us and gratefully received.

Please keep updated about our work on our website and Facebook page, the links are below

With our heartfelt thanks and warm best wishes for the festive season,

Neelam

 

 

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Water Pump Two
Water Pump Two
Water Pump 3
Water Pump 3

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Nov 9, 2011

After the monsoon life goes on

Meeting Immediate Needs
Meeting Immediate Needs

Dear Friends and Supporters,

First I would like to report that the monsoon in all parts of Bihar was normal this year, after two consecutive years of drought in South Bihar.

In North Bihar of course the floods are an annual occurrence, but things are improving. This is not to diminish the suffering of hundreds of displaced families and unfortunately there were deaths this year. Over 100 people lost their lives due to flooding.

As you know from our last report I visited the flood areas to supervise the donation of items of immediate need.  Throughout the flood season due to your generosity this work continued bringing much needed relief to many families.

The new Bihar Administration under Nitish Kumar has improved disaster response units, the management of water has improved, and embankments have been strengthened.

However our work is much more micro in nature directly reaching those in need at a local level, something that many times the government struggles to do effectively. In the past (there are still current cases pending in the courts) huge sums of relief money were stolen by corrupt individuals and government officers, hopefully this now a thing of the past.

 There is often much the villagers can do for themselves though by strengthening their own village flood defences at a local level, building raised safe shelters and planning together as a community how they can prepare for the monsoon as a community. This we can, and do assist with, along with the relief materials and the donation of replacement animals,plus loans for small new income raising enterprises has made a difference, and improved, and probably saved many lives.

Here is a news report from September 29th 2011

Patna, Sep 29 (PTI) With major rivers maintaining their rising trend, the flood situation worsened today in Bihar where 89 rpt 89 people have lost their lives due to it since the beginning of monsoon this year. Disaster management department sources said the situation had worsened in Madhubani, Sitamarhi and Darbhanga districts following heavy rains in the catchment areas in Bihar and Nepal of the Adhwara group of rivers flowing through them.

 Official sources said 100 villages were submerged as the river embankment eroded at Awapur in Sitamarhi district forcing thousands of people have taken shelter in high areas. Flood waters of Bagmati river damaged 681 houses at Bairginiyans and also submerged NH 77 in the district, the sources said. In Darbhanga district Kamala Balan river breached its Maharji embankment in a stretch of 300 feet, while Bagmati has inunadated more than 200 villages, they said. Central Water Commission sources said the flood waters of Ganga was receding though its water level has crossed the danger mark at some points. The river is flowing 38 cm above the danger mark at Gandhi Ghat here and 27 cm above the danger mark at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur. The water level of Sone river is 23 cm above the danger mark at Maner here, while Punpun river is flowing 257 cm above the red mark at Sripalpur, the sources said. .

You can see the effect of the floods this year in several films posted on you tube, just search Bihar floods 2011.

Again we thank you so much for your support for these very poor communities.

You can follow our work at

www.peoplefirstindia.net.

Click on the buttons on or home page for our Twitter and Facebook pages.

With Best Wishes,

Deepak Kumar

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Village Home
Village Home

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Nov 7, 2011

Making dreams come true- How do you make that work?

CAPS STUDENTS
CAPS STUDENTS

Hi Supporters and friends!

Time for another update.

First my I express on behalf of our children our hearfelt appreciation for your donations for this important project.

You will have seen personal testimonies from children, explaining how the programme has given them opportunuities they never dreamed possible.

But what exactly is the CAPS scheme , How does it work?

I thought I would use this update to clarify how the scheme works to bring a better understanding of the reach and effects of the project.

Ok, as you probably know CAPS means Children's Academic Personal Scholarships. But children from where? How are they selected? How much assistance do you give?

The aims of CAPS is very close to the mission statement of the Trust, which is,

"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 to poverty family circumstances or oppression".

CAPS does this one child at a time.

It has several different strands.

Education of the Girl Child

Promoting the education of girls by offering fully paid sponsorship to girls living in the local community from very economically disadvantaged backgrounds to enable them to complete their education

A chance for college

Supporting exceptionally bright students through college and University

A residential school scholarship.

Offering a fantastic chance to very bright students from our village school to complete their education to school leaving examination level at class 10.

Students are selected by a panel of teachers, our education director and a former CAPS student. It is a competitive programme, only the very best can secure a CAPS place. Parents are involved in the process.

Ex CAPS students have gone on to be policeman, bank employees, office workers and translators. It has to be remembered, these are children who come from extremely poor backgrounds , living in mud dwellings and who could not even afford a pair of sandals, who had no possessions at all. On employment they voluntarily give 10% of their earnings back into the scheme as a donation in order to help others.

Thank you for helping them

Deepak Kumar

Chairperson

People First  

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