Project #2526

From grinding poverty to graduation

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
Jun 6, 2011

Towards a Better Life


Greetings from Bihar,

Here the summer is at its peak and schools and colleges are closed for the summer holidays. Temperatures are reaching up to 111 degrees in the day!

But of course it marks the end of the school and college year and before the summer break it is the time of examinations.

As you know under this scheme we can only sponsor and help the most academically gifted of our students, we really try and give priority to girls.

So how did our students do?

Well first, all the students under the CAPS ( Children's Personal Academic Sponsorship) scheme passed their examinations in their schools.

Prince whose picture is included in this report was taking his school leaving examinations and passed with a 70% first Division Credit.

Remember Sheethal ? She has passed her first exam in accountancy.

In fact not a single CAPS student failed.

I want to make it clear to all supporters the difficulty with student loans, surely I hear you ask are educational loans not available?

The fact is loans (if the student qualifies) are only available after Class 12 level, that is two years after taking their school leaving examinations. There is a reason why quotas in universities in India for the weaker and most backward sections of the community are never filled. How are the very poor to educate their children to the required standard with tuition and support when no assistance is available to them?

Of course every successful CAPS student spells the beginning of the end of not only poverty for them but their entire families. When they marry they will be in a position to educate their own children.

And the first students in full time employment after coming through the CAPS scheme donate 10% of their salary  on a voluntary basis back into the scheme to help others.

Those of who receive our updates regularly know from all of the students stories just how important this programme is and we thank you so much for all your support

Please visit our website, the link is below. 




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Organization Information

People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nick Hansen
Project Liason Officer
Dhobi Gaya Rd Bodhgaya, Bihar India

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