Project #2526

From grinding poverty to graduation

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
New school stuff!
New school stuff!

Hello everyone,

Greetings from a hot and dry Bihar, it’s time for an update!

This update is translated from Hindi and is written by one of the girls we have provided an education and a home in Rescue Junction.  Pritya (name changed) sister is doing very well in higher education under this scheme so we welcome your support for her and girls like her, and once she qualifies we will include her story also in a future report.

Your donation really changes lives and may I remind you that you on June 15th your donation will be matched by a 50% bonus from Global Giving. So please kindly make a note of that day.

Here is what Pritya wrote for you,

“I was very small when my father died. I can’t remember very much but I remember helping my big sister scoop out earth to bury my father. I can remember being hungry, so very hungry. I remember some police with us, and I remember coming to rescue junction and enjoying a good meal.

That was many years ago, now I am older and I have so much to be thankful for.  I came here with my sisters (one younger and one older) my big sister did so much to look after us, and as we have no family who can take care of us Rescue Junction staff told us not to worry they would take care of us as long as we needed help and support.

And they kept their promise to us providing education care and love for all these years. My older sister is now away at college under a scholarship for higher education paid for by People First, her qualifications will mean good future for her and all of us, thank you so much for helping us.”

With thanks to you all,



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

but you can also find it below

With heartfelt appreciation,

All of us at People First


Pradeep in his village
Pradeep in his village

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Bihar!

For this project update I asked the principal of Dhobi School , our biggest school providing free education for the poor to highlight one particular story( one of many) to illustrate the sucess of the TOP programme.

 Here is the story of  Pradeep  ( we have changed the name according for protection of privacy )

Age – 15 Years

Pradeep  is from the Mahadalit Community from Mushar caste . He has two brothers and one sister. This village is almost 98 % population from Mushhar ( rat eater) caste. His father is labourer and mother also works as a labourer in the field.

As he told- and true also – he is first  person  in that village who is from his Mushar community to pass the Matrick exam this year because of only Dobhi School. As he told earlier people discriminate against him because of his community but after his matric pass( school leaving examinations) the situation about Subhash has gained a new found respect.

Now he can understand what is going on in the society “After my situation changed many family and parents from my village in my community has started to come to my father and asked about their children to send school or they are agree to send their children in the school and this never happened before”.  

So it can be clearly said after he passed his exam Pradeep became role model in his village in his community and people are already motivated to send their children to the school  after seeing Subhash success and it all happened because of Dobhi School  and the support from the the opportunity of the student sponsorship programme from People First ,supported by Global Giving  Without this programme they don’t have option .

Pradeep is enrolled in college this year.

Thank you for helping to change lives for the better. 

People First- working together with the poor for a better future

Naresh Sir


Me at School!
Me at School!

 Hi Everyone,

I am Naresh Sir in charge of the education programme here at People First

Welcome to report number thirty for this important project which directly supports students born into poverty improve their and their family’s lives immeasurably. I have decided that Ranjeet a sponsored student in Delhi would form the basis of this update. It is based on a series of interviews in Hindi with Ranjeet, but these are his words and we have not edited or embellished them. It is however a very personal account.

Obviously he has given his full permission, but according to Global Giving Guidelines regarding personally identifiable information we have changed his name.

“The photo above is me at school,  as a sponsored student from People First.

 The photo below is me now!, still a sponsored student at People First!

 What a journey it has been.

My goodness me by the grace of god and the kindness of others I believe I can build a much better future for myself my family and my own children to come. Like all journeys it wasn’t easy, no journey worth making rarely is, but I am now stepping with hope onto the road of a new life, due to the generosity of people like you.

If there was a word which summarises my experience so far it is hope. What a wonderful thing hope is when you haven’t experienced it in your early life  and when just to be able to get some food some vegetables even as a treat was as much as I could have hoped for.

How things have changed.

My story is simple, People First village school, then a sponsored residential place and full time education in a school of my choice and then a chance to study Spanish in Delhi. I don’t mind admitting I struggled so much when I came to Delhi, I was only fifteen or sixteen,( I still don’t really know my birthday, but my mother says it was  a clear winters night),  a bit lost, homesick, lonely a bit, but I knew I could never give up. I failed an exam, I went to my room and wept, I was quite sad and then something happened.

That night I prayed to God for strength and when I awoke I got a text message on my (very dumb) phone, from home. It was my mother just telling me how proud they were of me, the whole family and that I could have a wonderful future, it was in my hands.  

Do you know I want to tell you, I began to understand that day that to progress, to overcome difficulty , it is a kind of test. Nothing good comes without work and effort  and you have to work with all your heart and soul to make things  happen. It is the opportunity that meant I was so lucky but it was mine to take, and by God I was going to take it.

And as I studied hard, things got so much better I got new friends, I gained in confidence, and I now know who I am.

I am Ranjeet Kumar a boy from the poor end of the village who didn’t even have a pair of sandals until People First bought me some, who now realises he owes so much to others that it is my duty to help others as soon as I am in a position to do so,  and I can use my experiences to help others. My whole family will not go hungry ever again in the future. But also I realise that hard work can really change everything, and this you have to do yourself.

So thank you all those who are helping me achieve my dreams, I can never forget what people have done for me, and I never will.

Today the sun is shining!!

 Note from Naresh Sir…

After initially struggling Ranjeet improved with his studies so rapidly he ended up top of his class gaining an 83% mark in his final advanced diploma. He is presently studying Spanish and Portuguese up to degree level at JNU University in Delhi, one of the most prestigious public universities in the country.

If you are wondering what the cost is of supporting Ranjeet in his studies in Delhi, it is $50 a week. Every single dollar donated helps students like him.

It is only a lack of funding which prevents us from helping more students like Ranjeet, and we do as you know from previous reports have a very good record under this programme of helping Girl Students.

So thank you all for your support.

I wish you all well,



Me Today!
Me Today!



My name is Naresh Sir and I am in charge of the education programme here at People First. As you know it it is one of our priorities to help and encourage as much as we can the education of girls and for this report I thought I would let just one of them tell their story to you. We have changed the name but nothing else.

Namaste my Dear Friends,

My name is Mamta and I read in Dhobi school in class 8, all our education is provided free and I love my school. Before People First started our school many children of my age (I think I am about 14), just did not go to school at all. Now some girls from my school have gone onto college and I would love to do that also, It is because of the opportunities programme which you have supported I might just get that golden chance.

 I am the first girl in my family to be educated, when my parents tried to get me married the headmaster came to my house and spoke to my parents and now they understand and are pleased with my progress.  We are very poor, we have no land but my education has given me hope.

Thank you for your support, I won’t let you down, I will always do my best!

I love my school,

With greatest respects,


 Please mark July 15th as Bonus Day in your dairy , your donation will go much further!!!

Girls at Dhobi School
Girls at Dhobi School



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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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