HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
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HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
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HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
HELPING THE POOR IN BIHAR INDIA TO SURVIVE COVID
in the villages
in the villages

Namaste Everyone!

We all hope here at People First that this report finds you well.

Here in India, we are happy to report that the vaccination programme is now going quite well. But the effects of Covid continue to affect the poor in Bihar.

As you know our programme includes interventions on a number of different levels...

Medical assistance

Facilitating vaccinations for the poor and vulnerable

Economic help including loans for new small-scale businesses like local shops or food vendors.

Help with accessing government help (very often the poor and vulnerable don’t have the skills to process and follow through applications)

Emergency food help for extremely poor families struggling to feed their children

Due to your help, we have been able to continue these vitally important programmes and reach out to hundreds of people. Here’s what one beneficiary had to say...

“People First have helped us so much... we got help when my husband was ill and unable to work. they provided oxygen and I m sure he would have survived without their help.

But when he recovered, they found good work for him through their employment assistance programme and at the very worst of times when my children were so hungry, they provided food. They continue to help to this day making sure we are ok and helping us get some government assistance for our children.

Thank you all so much for helping us”.

Pramila Devi

Villager

Note: we have changed the name only to protect privacy

 

 

 

  

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Providing food
Providing food

Namaste Everyone

I hope this report finds you and your family well.

I am glad to report that the worst of Covid from a medical point of view seems to be over. But we are not complacent at all. There is talk of a third wave and the team is doing everything they can to prepare. As we said in the project description Covid is going to be with us for a long time and our response needs to be too. Despite the worst of the pandemic at present here in Bihar seems to have passed for now our work is far from over. This a summary of the teams’ activities recently...

Organising vaccinations in the villagers and isolated rural areas targeting the most vulnerable.

Continuing care for covid orphans in our care working with families, communities and other agencies to place them with their best interests in mind.

Working with migrants and families who have lost their breadwinner or cannot find daily work with training programmes and help to start micro business such as small stalls and income raising initiatives.

Advice on preventative measures.

Providing antigen tests 

 

The economic and social devastation that Covid caused is still very much with us and will be present for some time to come.

We believe our programme is targeted effective and is making in huge difference in people lives.

As you know we are working in some of the poorest areas in all of India.

Thank you for your support. We still need it.

You have made a big positive difference to so many who remain so grateful for your help

THANK YOU! 

Priya

 

 

 

 

Antigen Testing
Antigen Testing

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Our wonderful volunteers and staff at work
Our wonderful volunteers and staff at work

Namaste

Here is an update on our Covid 19 response.

Lockdown was imposed here in Bihar almost a month previously with serious economic effects on daily wage labourers and migrant worker families. The pandemic has now started to abate here for now but the situation is grossly under reported particularly with regard to the number of deaths. 

So, what steps did the Trust take recently…. how have your kind donations helped?

At the height of the recent emergency, we had an advice desk and staff roaming on the station where over 100,000 passengers arrived in the recent period offering antigen tests, help and assistance hand sanitizers masks and even transport to very poor migrant families who due to the lack of public transport could not reach their home villages. Our assistance was not limited to just dropping them off, our staff ensured that all the assistance available to them was being given.

In addition, we had another emergency advice centre coordinating with our contacts in the local administration trying to find available needs and oxygen cylinders and emergency care for those most in need including street children and the poorest sections of our community. This centre is now winding down but emphasis has shifted to provide for the very poorest and most vulnerable members of the local community to help them survive the lockdown.

We cannot thank you enough for your assistance.

Thank you to all and staff and volunteers who continue to work bravely and selflessly for the benefit of the community.  

Many supporters have asked whether we have received any assistance from the GlobalGiving appeal particularly the Indian Covid Appeal. The answer is not yet but we have applied and hopefully some help is under consideration. We shall be open and transparent and let you know what happens, so once again thank you for your kindness and compassion.

Please stay safe and well

With best wishes

Piriyanda

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in the villages
in the villages

First of all, may I thank you so much for your donations and generosity.

Please help spread the word…

We wanted to let you know with the help of volunteers we are helping to distribute oxygen cylinders to the very poorest and arranging as best we can emergency temporary accommodation for urgent cases where some treatment can be given.

We are somewhat overwhelmed but with your help we are doing what we can. We have a small medical team but we have managed to recruit many volunteers to help.

I want to let you know that amongst all the stories of corruption and government incompetence there is another story of brave volunteers and people and organisations that really want to help.

We will be sending further reports with pictures and more details later but we just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your support.

We are coordinating with local civic organisations and business in a joint approach to face this emergency.

Some of our brave team of over 100 volunteers (mostly young people) are now helping with the grim task of removing bodies and helping to arrange cremations. We salute them all and you too for your kindness and compassion.

Look out for further updates

With thanks

Priya

    

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
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Project Leader:
Deepak Kumar
Project Liason Officer
Bodhgaya, Bihar India
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