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 5, 2011

Floods are Back

Progress Report

 Firstly may I apologize to our supporters for posting this report late, in fact this is the first report submitted to Global Giving which was not timely. There was however a reason. The Monsoon rains have come, better than last year so far in the south of Bihar which has had a two year drought, but in the north already 100 villages have been flooded.. Because the area of the flooding is outside our normal project area we were waiting for reports as our staff placed in these areas responded,

See the following press report,

Patna:  Hundreds of people in Bihar have been forced to abandon their homes as flood waters entered nearly 100 villages and rising levels of most rivers threatened to inundate many others, officials said on Saturday.
All the inundated villages were in flood-prone districts of Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj, Purnia, Araria, Saharsa, Madhepura and Bagaha, officials said.
"Water entered these villages after levels rose in all the major rivers following heavy rains in the state and the catchment areas of Nepal," a water resource department official said.
According to the Central Water Commission, the water level in major rivers - Kosi, Mahananda, Gandak, Budhi Gandak, and Bagmati - has increased since Friday.

Kosi and Bagmati are flowing above danger mark at some places. "All the rivers are in full spate following heavy rains. Some rivers may cross the red mark late Saturday or Sunday," an official said.
Officials said that after two consecutive years of drought, the fear of floods is back in Bihar with incessant rains and heavy water discharge into the Kosi river from Nepal.
However, Bihar Water Resources Development Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said all embankments were safe and there was no need to panic. "The government is fully ready to face any eventuality if water level in rivers create threat," he told IANS.
Choudhary said the government has taken full preparatory measures to protect embankments, but conceded that several villages in flood-prone districts face threats due to the increased water levels.
Reports suggested that the authorities have asked hundreds of people to shift to safer places following the rising water level of the Kosi. The state government has asked engineers and district officials to keep a 24-hour vigil.
Choudhary said the eastern Kosi embankment, which had breached in 2008, flooding five districts of northern Bihar, was totally safe. "We are taking care of it. There is no need to panic."
In 2008, over three million people were rendered homeless in Bihar when the Kosi river breached its bank upstream in Nepal and changed course. It was said to be the worst flood in the state in the last 50 years.
According to the water resources department, a lot of water has been discharged into the Kosi in the last few days after heavy rains in Nepal since Monday.

So once again with our local partners we are distributing humanitarian aid, blankets and medicines, water sterilising tablets and doing what we can to strengthen and save homes.There has been strengthening of the embankments, improved drainage in villages and other improvements in many villagers in the area, some with government assistance, but mostly by NGO's so it our hope these measures and others which we have been working on throught the year will prevent a full scale disaster and save many lives.

You will not have to wait 12 weeks for the next report, it will contain photographs of the work in progress and will be published within 14 days. I personally am visiting the area very soon as our contacts in the media inform us once again the government is slow to react in providing much needed assistance .

Once again thanks for your support

 

Jun 10, 2011

"The work of Rescue Junction is an absolute good"

Going Home Safe
Going Home Safe

Greetings to you all  from everyone here at Rescue Junction.

Is it really 12 weeks since our last update?,

The Title of this report is a direct quote from a recent visitor, a supporter to Rescue Junction from our visitors book.

Just to remind you of all the services the Gaya Rescue Project at our centre Rescue Junction offers,

It provides local children living in slum areas near the railway education.

It provides early intervention by getting children from the streets who are lost or missing before the streets get to them

It reunites children with their families, but no child is ever returned against their will or back into an abusive situation.

It provides 24 hour care with food and has 14 full time staff including counselors and teachers with a safe night shelter.

It has specially trained female staff and secure area for girls to sleep.

It can place children in good children's homes where they exist in other areas or in homes for adoption by a loving Indian Family.

It provides a bank system for street children to keep their money, and lockers are shortly due to be installed so they can keep their few possessions safe.

It is recognized by the State Government as a shelter home for the care of children in urgent need and distress under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, but they do not  provide funds to support the centre

And the budget for all this?   $50,000 per year.

That is why every single donation is so important in order to help us keep the centre open.

Included in this report is a picture of a boy from the Punjab , a lost child who was found drugged on a Kolkata bound train , and police brought him here as the train stopped at Gaya. He cannot remember how he got on the train, except two men who he met at the station in the Punjab befriended him and gave him food. He is very poor and lives with his grandfather with whom the picture shows being reunited.

Other news there is a Rescue Junction related video on our website home page, please watch it and ask your friends to look at it. We really need your help. There is a link below in this report.

And finally June 15th is matching funds day at Global Giving Day, please save your kind donations to that day!

With Thanks and Best Wishes to you all,

Sunita

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Jun 7, 2011

Thirsty Bihar in the Dark

Water Pumps by government not deep enough
Water Pumps by government not deep enough

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Well the hot dry summer days are upon us. We often include up to date press reports which reflect current realities but you may rightfully ask, " What are you as an organization doing about it?" It is easy to say we are doing what we can.

But what does that actually mean on the ground?

The answer is we have installed directly from this appeal three deep water pumps, at a cost of 1500 dollars using a direct donation to meet the shortfall. One kind person actually donated $500 which provided a deep water pump within two weeks of the Trust receiving the funds, and transformed the lives of villagers. But thanks to all of you as any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated.  If you would like to name a pump after a special person or family or organisation please let us know by e-mail , the address is on the GG pages and we will honour your pledge and send you photographs.

Our Health Team is dealing and treating villagers with heatstroke on a daily basis with temperatures reaching over 108F.

Please help us provide a much needed clean source of water in another village, your interest and your kind generosity are so much appreciated. We know times are hard economically, which makes your donation even more special.

This report is from  CNN-IBN

New Delhi: In Bihar, it is only the capital city Patna which seems to have no crises as it gets over 90 per cent of the total power supply leaving rest of the state with power cuts, which sometimes extend to three to four consecutive days.

With only 10 per cent left for the rest of the state, a dozen districts including Muzzafarpur, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Sheikpura have seen violent protests and anger spilling on to the roads.

Meenakshi Mishra a protester said, "We have blocked the road to protest non availability of water and electricity and till we get them both we will continue to protest."

Of the total 800 MW supplied to Bihar, 375 is for essential services, of the remaining 425 MW, Patna gets 400 and rest of the state, gets only 25 MW.

The demand for electricity in rural Bihar is 1800 MW.

It is this skewed distribution of electricity that has made life of farmers like Umesh Singh a living hell. With no electricity in summers for three consecutive days, Singh says the irrigation canals have dried up and there is no power for the water pumps.

"We have been suffering from drought from last 2 years and It is very hot this year also, we haven't been able to get water for our crops. It could be drought-like situation. We are not able to get water from water pumps as there is no electricity." Singh said.

Even the government tube wells, which are supposed to be the emergency lifeline for irrigation, have gone dry due to non availability of power only adding to the farmers woes.

The power scene is grimmer since the state owned generations units at Kanti and Baruani are under up-gradation and contribute just 50 MW against their installed capacity of 1200 MW.

Hare Ram Pandey, Spokesperson, Bihar Electricity board said, "We have 2 no of 110 MW units, which are already more than 26 years old. It has outlived its life and considering its bad position, already R and M has been started."

The state leadership is blaming the Centre for creating a deliberate crisis and for the chief minister, who secured his second term by hard-selling roads and infrastructure, perhaps now, power or the lack of it will determine his political fate.

With Thanks for your support,

Deepak Kumar

Chairperson

People First

 

 

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