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...
Sep 19, 2011

Trafficked Children Rescued

Trafficked
Trafficked

Greetings to all our friends and supporters,

I just wanted to keep you all up to date with all the news from Rescue Junction,

Seven children were found on Gaya Station who were being trafficked for work in a factory at Rajasthan.

After receiving extensive counseling, and securing follow up support from the local administration the children were all able to return to their village after being reunited with their families.

The reason this update has taken some time is that the Police having arrested the trafficker needed to organise a raid on the factory in Rajasthan.

I am pleased to inform you the raid has now taken place and many child labourers freed, some from Bihar but not from our area. They are all undergoing rehabilitation .

We now know that these children left their homes without any parental consent, having being lured away, and therefore the trafficker has now been charged with kidnapping and faces many years in Jail.

In addition, and this is rather a sad story, two young girls one only four months old were found abandoned on a local train and brought to Rescue Junction. The four month old girl is the youngest ever to be brought to the centre. Efforts are on, so far without success to locate the family

And to finish on an upbeat story, do you remember ASHA the little girl found abandoned on the station and after sometime was sent for adoption? We have news that a wealthy Indian family is going to adopt her and that she now has a wonderfull future ahead of her. Thanks as ever for your support.

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Best Wishes

S Kumari

Baby Asha- a new life awaits
Baby Asha- a new life awaits

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Sep 1, 2011

New Water Pumps installed thanks to you!

Clean Water for the children
Clean Water for the children

Greetings to everyone.

We hope this update finds you all well!

In this update we thought we would include some photographs of  some of the actual pumps you have provided with your kindness and generosity.

The monsoon for the first time has been, if not quite up the usual rainfall amounts, much better than the last two years of drought, and we hope the groundwater levels will have benefited.

This is what Pramilla Devi, mother of six children including four girls had to say," Before the new pump we had to carry water in pots and pans from a pool nearly a kilometre away. It was not so clean and often my children would fall ill" Now we have clean water right in the village, you can drink straight from the pump.. It has changed our whole lives!"

We would like to thank you for your support, and if you would like for example to hold an event to raise the $500 we need to install a pump and would to name it after someone just let us know by writing to india_peoplefirst@yahoo.com

There is a "Donate Now" section on our website with Direct Links to our projects on Global Giving

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With Best wishes to all of you and heartfelt gratitude ,

Sangeeta

Clean water for ALL!
Clean water for ALL!

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Aug 22, 2011

My name is Pinto. Thank you all so much

Pinto a proud CAPS student
Pinto a proud CAPS student

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to help write this update for Global Giving with the help of Mr Naresh Kumar the education director of People First.

I come from a small village where  there is no electricity school or doctor, but in the next village People First ran a school and when I had finished my chores in the morning I went there to learn.

The school taught the children a song which had the words," I will help with the animals and in the field every day but please let me go to school to learn"  I used to sing it to my family.

At night I would do extra studies  by the light of a wick lantern.

Soon I was passing my exams in the first position and was recommended by my principal to try for a place on the People First Childrens Academic Personal Scholarship (CAPS) scheme.

My family is very poor we cannot even afford a tile roof so the straw gets damp in the rains, so the chance to go to a private school for a full time residential education was beyond the wildest dreams and hopes for my family.

I was lucky and I got selected, after quite a long process, and two years ago I chose to go to a private school in Bodhgaya, where I study in Class Seven

I want to help my family, I want then to try and use my education to help others. I have the good fortune to be the first in my family to be able to say " I am educated and ready for a whole new future"

Note

This update was based on a series of Interviews with Pinto and some written material translated from Hindi.

Your support really does change lives tremendously,

And Pintos story is quite typical of the CAPS students

Thanks for all your help,

Naresh SIr

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