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 1, 2016

These stories will inspire you

Pupils from Dhobi school with exam pass papers
Pupils from Dhobi school with exam pass papers

Hello everyone,

As always thank you for your support and interest in our work. This update will take a different form than any other update we have done in the past, and I hope the wonderful people at Global Giving will approve it as an update as it takes the form of a film.

It is the story of two students from Dhobi school, our biggest school with 300 pupils and their battle against the odds to gain an education.

It was not a film made by us but by NDTV a national news channel who wanted to highlight excellent educational work going on all over the country. Our film ten minutes long is the first and if you can find ten minutes of your busy day we can think of no better way to show you the power of individual spirt in the story of these two individuals.

It also demonstrates how your donations are used for the benefit of children and young people to help them turn hope into achievement.

The link is here

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ioam8oqoi6m51sh/PEOPLE%20FIRST%20VIDEO%20ON%20NDTV.mp4?dl=0

but you can also find it below

With heartfelt appreciation,

All of us at People First

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Feb 22, 2016

Filling hungry tummies

Child at Dadpur
Child at Dadpur

 

Hello Everybody,

I am Neelam , the senior nurse on the Health Project.

Dadpur is an isolated Dalit settlement surrounded by fields the villagers may work on but do not own. It is a million miles from the skyscrapers of the metros and the lights of the city.

Until People First opened the first village school the village was 90% illiterate, now much reduced and full literacy of those who have attended the school has of course already been achieved. The nearest government education, a primary school which suffers like so many schools in Bihar from a lack of teachers, is 8Km away.

But this report is about malnutrition, described by a recent prime minister as a “national shame’ and the programme you have kindly supported to give the children and weak of Dadpur, a hot nutritious meal full of the proteins and some oil which is deficient in their usual diet of rice with sometimes a few vegetables.  A nation, where 43 per cent of population thrives on a purely vegetarian diet, pulses (Dal) is the only source of protein.

But the price of dal at up to 100 rupees a kilo, 1 GBP or 1.50 USD is half a day’s pay for a labourer, that’s 28 GBP or $40 compared against minimum wage rates in the UK. This price puts it way beyond the means of nearly all the villagers except in very small amounts. By contrast the meal we give is composed mainly of dal, with eggs, spicy mashed potatoes, and papad. It is delicious and cooked by the villagers themselves – it’s a community thing.

A foreigner visiting the project remarked in London this could easily be sold at 15 GBP/$22 a plate!  

The meal comes as part of our whole health programme in the village which includes Nurse Clinics, health groups and discussions and help with a range of health issues from good birth practices, to hygiene, and sexual health.

As nurse for the project I can tell without any doubt this meal really helps the children of Dadpur develop within normal and healthy parameters and on behalf of all of the villagers I thank you for your support.

Please look at these new pictures taken  at Dadpur just a few days ago, 

With Kind Regards,

Neelam

child with baby
child with baby
meal at dadpur
meal at dadpur

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Feb 9, 2016

We never turn any child away from our doors

blankets for the children
blankets for the children

Hi Everyone,

This is Riya director of Rescue Junction wishing you all a wonderful year in 2016.

Busy as always here at the junction, here are just a few examples, (we have changed the names)

Sanju (11) was in the care of her brother as her parents work in Mumbai as domestic labour but her brother abused her and she ran away. Luckily she called ChildLine, (toll free 1098) and our staff were able to meet here and bring her to the safety of Rescue Junction. Her case is ongoing and we are working with the police as part of our ongoing investigation.

Monu (10) was found as part of our anti child begging campaign and he was found begging .He was found to have to have desperately poor parents who were permanently drink and incapable of offering any care for him and he has been removed from their care by the police and placed formally with us. At the moment we are in touch with his maternal grandmother who seems willing and able to care for him, and he will go to school also. We are working on this.

Finally there is Pirya , who was rescued from a  local brothel in one of joint raids with the police , traumatised and in need of medical care she is slowly recovering as our counsellors are working with her . In a meeting with the magistrate’s association they expressed concern that not enough was being done to arrest the owners of brothels that use underage girls and undertook to give the maximum sentences to those involved.

Pirya is 12 years of age.

We never turn any child away from our doors.

 I would like to thank you for all your donations and wonder if you know of anybody that might consider giving a monthly donation (recurring donation) as these are so helpful to us, and  a big thank you to those already making such a donation. Mind you every donaton helps !

The donations you give are not for extra things we need every cent towards helping us raise the money we need to help keep the doors open to children in need of help, may I express my heartfelt appreciation to you all,

Riya

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