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 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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Oct 18, 2011

Freedom for 65 enslaved children

Going Home
Going Home

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am sure you are aware our work can sometimes be difficult but we are both determined and dedicated in our task.

You remember the previous story of trafficked children being stopped at Gaya Junction?. Well based on information received a raid was conducted on the factory in Jaipur Rajasthan by the Labour Department and Police rescuing 65 children from Bihar who were enslaved there in terrible conditions. 31 were from Gaya District and were transferred to Rescue Junction for rehabiltation, new clothes, good food and to be reunited with thier families.

It is days like these that give us strength to carry on, with your support we can look forward to rescuing even more children in the future.

Please follow our work on our facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/pages/People-First-India/106083302779969

You can see a photograph of some of the children on our website,

http://www.peoplefirstindia.net under latest news and updates.

We have also been able to fit new personal lockers for the children due to a kind donation from California. Thank you!

At this time if Indian Festivals may I send you  our best compliments of the season!

Please I remind you October 19th is BONUS MATCHING DAY where any donation you make will have extra value!

Thanks so much!

Sunita

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Sep 24, 2011

Poverty comes cheap at 50 cents a day in India

Project Village
Project Village

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Bihar , India.

Firstly I want to thank you all for your kind support of the healthy meal programme on GlobalGiving in recent weeks.

Due to your kindness we have been able to offer a healthy meal of eggs, Dal and rice with healthy oil to desperately poor women and children. This has a very beneficial effect of child malnutruition.

We are really concerned abour food inflation as prices are rising beyond the reach of the very poor.

Look out for new pictures of the meal programme which will be posted on our website, on our facebook page, and in our next report; you can find the links below.

I include in this report an article from Business Insider published on September 21st,which is so staggering that it does not really require any further comment from me,

Despite Record Food Inflation, India Draws The Poverty Line At 50 Cents Per Day

India's Planning Commission, in charge of assessing the country's present economy and calculating for the future, has told the Supreme Court that 25 rupees a day -- roughly 50 cents -- is "adequate" for villagers to spend on food, education and health care, according to BBC News.

Even for city dwellers, who were allotted a few more rupees per day in the report (equaling 62 cents), this assessment falls well below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25/day.

The Supreme Court had asked for updated figures from the Commission in the face of inflation in India, which at a 13-month high of 9.78 percent.

A resonable estimate is  that on 50 cents a day, a family can spend 11 cents on cereals, 5 cents on milk, 4 cents on vegetables and 3 cents on oil. The rest must be distributed in shelter, medicine and if possible education.

If those numbers seem ridiculously low -- well, they are. Critics of the panel's report say that the Indian government is trying to lower the number of people under the poverty line, not by improving their lives but by changing the definition of "poverty."

There is no exact figure for the number of India's 1.2 billion people in poverty, but a 2005 World Bank Estimate put it at 41 percent.

Again with so much thanks to all of you for helping us feed these hungry children,

Neelam


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