Children
 India
Project #9798

Special Initiative for Girls No Abuse for Life

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
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Girls at RJ  ("Maya" is not pictured here,,)
Girls at RJ ("Maya" is not pictured here,,)

Hi this is Riya, Director of the Rescue Project here in Gaya.

Warm greetings to you all at the festive time of Diwali

As supporters may know, Rescue Junction is a unique centre since it caters for both boys and girls.

This raises unique challenges for our staff but we are fortunate in having skilled trained and dedicated staff, with specially trained female counsellors.

Girls run away from home for several reasons, physical or sexual abuse being the most common, but sometimes because parents are forcing them into marriage against their will. Girls may run away with a boyfriend without any thought for their own care and protection.

Whatever the reason they all need our help,

Here’s what Maya has to say,

'If all your life no one has ever listened to you, listened to your fears and worries, then Rescue Junction comes as a bit of a shock. Why should I believe that any adults care about me, especially ones I had never met before?

It takes time, and then you realise, my god, these people will stand by me, and in time help me build a new and better life, but first they will listen to me.

For the first time in my life my story is important to someone other than me.

I am no longer alone".  

Maya (name changed) is 15 years old and was rescued from sexual abuse at the hands of her father after neighbours reported hearing frequent screaming and finally called the police.

Thank you for your help, help us continue to help girls like Maya, we really do need and appreciate your support.

With thanks

Riya

 

    

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Kushi in her mother arms
Kushi in her mother arms

Hi Friends and Supporters,

This is Riya, project manager here at the Gaya children’s centre  Rescue Junction, here in Gaya in South Bihar with another update for you all.

Welcome rain is falling here, it’s the monsoon season which is so important for Bihar.

In this update I want to concentrate on just one story, the story of a young girl now living at Rescue Junction. It is a sad story but we hope also a story of hope.

Rani (name changed) comes from a poor family living in a broken down shack near the railway line. Her father went to work most days as a daily wage earner earning an average of 400 INR ( about 6 dollars and fifty cents a day), Her mother works as a domestic servant, earning even less .

This meant Rani was often alone in her house and her neighbour a 21 year old man who visited her home on many occasions and forced himself upon her. She tried to refuse but was threatened with the words “If you tell anybody I will kill you” and many of these attacks were made at knifepoint.

But crying all the time, and in terrible distress , Rani eventually found the courage to tell her mother about the rapes and she took her to the hospital who confirmed she was three months pregnant.

When the doctors alerted the authorities the director of the district child protection unit ordered her admission immediately to Rescue Junction for care and protection.  On the 2nd July 2016 ,Rani gave birth to a normal healthy baby girl whom she named “Kushi” which means “happiness”.

It is thanks to your support that we are able to care for Rani and work with her and the family to make the best decisions for all concerned, support and offer her craft training and give her the love she needs to begin to heal.

Her full time care costs $100 a week.

Criminal cases have been lodged and our specially trained lawyer is offering the best legal advice to the family and is seeking exemplary punishment for the offender. 

Thank you all,

Riya

PS:  We do need a new kitchen at Rescue Junction in order to enable us to provide meals in a healthy and bright environment and then we hope to offer cooking classes too , not just for the girls mind you! If you or your friends could hold a fundraiser for this much needed facility that would be fantastic, It’s quite easy to set up a fundraiser on Global Giving and we give our absolute guarantee that all the money we receive for this appeal will be used for that purpose and that purpose only.

Here is the appeal address, but it’s also in the links below.

 https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/rescue-junction-needs-a-shiny-new-kitchen/

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At Rescue Junction
At Rescue Junction

Hello Everyone

It’s time for another update from Rescue Junction here in Bihar.

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but my goodness me it’s hot here!  We have been keeping the children cool and have arranged extra water as temperatures have already reached over 45C (that’s 113F) in the shade.

As you know our centre is open 24 hours a day and of course it is open for all children, boys and girls, and no child is ever turned away.

Our skilled and trained counsellors know when maybe something is not quite right and gently help and support children in the often painful process of disclosure.

I want to tell you the story of a girl called Nirmala (name changed, and her picture is not in this report) who was brought to the centre by a railway child as we call them, (children with no permanent home and before Rescue Junction used to live full time on the station). He knew that she was in trouble and we often find that the other children who come to the centre are always looking out for other children in need.

Nirmala told the story she had gone to her local station to “look at the trains” and went on one, which then started, however she did not get off at the next station but travelled over 50Km until the train reached Gaya .

Gaya is a big station and there is not CCTV coverage on all platforms and if there is its usually not working but crucially we have the porters (coolies) railway police, the general public and platform children all looking out for trafficked or children who are alone. Unfortunately, there are always those on the station who are not interested in a child’s best welfare, far from it and we have a very limited time to get to that child before they do.

Your donations have paid for craft teachers and support workers to work with the girls and take their mind off their circumstances and help them with a skill at the same time, and I want you to know that is often in these classes run very informally, that girls feel able to speak about their ordeal.

So it was with Nirmala who disclosed to our worker that she had been in fact sexually abused by her father for many years and was running away from home. I am sorry to tell you that Nirmala is just ten years old.

She is now under our full care and protection and we are working with the child welfare committee in planning for her future. Police enquires as Nirmala is unsure of her exact address are very much underway.

I want to thank you all as always for your kindness, and  I wish you all well,

Riya

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Children
Children's christmas party at the centre

Hi Everyone!

This is Riya, director of Rescue Junction here in Bihar India.

Last report contained a harrowing account of a girl rescued from a brothel as part of Operation Innocence, this time for this report I thought I would ask two of the girls to tell us of their experiences in their own words and give permission for us to use their words in this report, which they have willingly given, (of course we have changed the names)

Anjali (age 14)

‘I was in a hell which you cannot imagine I was asked, forced to do the most disgusting things crying in our deepest distress attracted a beating. I can only talk about it now because I have come to realise after a lot of help from the staff here at the centre that none of this was my fault, it is the shame of others – not me. I am learning craft training but also school and English, the staff here are working with my family to provide a good and loving home for me, thank you so much for your help.

Kushi ( age 15)

I cannot agree more with Anjali . It is the recognising that you are a worthwhile person who other people have taken advantage of most terribly that is the first step in regaining your self-worth. I thought I was of no value and I had no respect for myself, I was just a body full of holes used for penetration by men. It took six months of talking to the people here for me to start to become happy again. I know that I can stay here with education as long as I need the support and I will never be abandoned again.

Thank you all.

Whilst these girls have been terribly abused, it is the realisation by them that most people are decent, that what happened to them was abhorrent and WAS NOT THEIR FAULT. When they come to realise that there is a future, a good future to be had, the long road to recovery has truly begun.

We are working with the police and law enforcement agencies ,the judges and magistrates to stamp out child prostitution in our area, there have been several arrests and increased sentences for those found guity and a new awareness in the general community.

Help us continue our work.     

Thank you all for your support.

Riya

 PS  In hindi -  Kushi means "happy"

 

 

 

 

 

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Girls at Rescue Junction
Girls at Rescue Junction

Hello Everyone,

This is Riya from Rescue Junction and I would like to wish you all a very happy festive season and I hope that this report finds you and your family well.

One of the things that impressed and still impresses me is that Rescue Junction is home to both girls and boys, which is a little unusual for rescue centres meeting the urgent needs of children in distress.  The reason is when the member of parliament for Gaya opened Rescue Junction in 2006 the Trust felt we must help to protect girls from harm and abuse. Recently you might have remembered we launched “Operation Innocence”: here is what Sunita, the previous Rescue Junction Director wrote some months ago

 “And I am excited to tell you of our new initiative "Operation Innocence" we are running with the police and other law enforcement agencies in rescuing underage girls from commercial sex abuse.  Regular readers of our updates will know we have always done this, but now we have an organised programme. I am happy to tell you all that just a week before acting on information received several underage girls were rescued from a guesthouse in Bodhgaya where they were being used for sex and several arrests were made. They are now receiving counselling under the programme so many of you have supported.”

This programme has continued with some success but we have very limited resources and we urgently need an investigative and enforcement special team with dedicated staff to build on the success of the programme. It is a subject of a special appeal on Global Giving here,

ttps://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/the-ace-team-going-after-abusers-and-traffickers

People often ask what happens to the girls you rescue?  Well each case is different but the answer is, support, care, protection and most importantly enabling each girl to successfully take their place in school or legitimate employment  or further education,  and we work closely with families and organisations in other areas to help this process, and to best meet the needs of each particular girl . The legal body responsible for supervising children’s care and welfare, the local Children’s  Welfare Committee ) CWC approves the individual programmes and has a supervisory role The comittee was something which Rescue Junction helped set up working closely with the state government and local administration.

So thank you for all your help and concern, you are really helping us to do our very best for these children.

I will leave you with a story from a rescued girl, which was reported some time ago. I am doing so because whilst these extreme cases are mercifully rare locally, they are still happening and it is our wish with your help to stamp them out and eradicate them from our district forever,

Obviously we have changed the name and we will not be publishing photographs which identify children especially in circumstances like this.

Pramilla who is 15 years of age arrived recently deeply traumatised. She was in such a state of shock despite the very intense care and support she was given it was three days before she could slowly begin to describe her terrible ordeal.

She was going for shopping when four boys came from a car and sprayed her face with some substance.  She became unconscious. Her memories are not clear but she was kept chained in a dark room for a period she does not remember. After some time she was unchained, but not allowed to leave the room.  What happened next is not clear but when the door opened to drug her once again there was only one person ans she screamed so loud and so long ,and kicked and punched her kidnapper injuring herself in the process that so alarmed by the noise her kidnappers fled. She ran from the building  in a dazed and shocked state and found her way out to the streets of Gaya where she wandered before finally a woman took some care and accompanied her to the nearest police station, who immediately referred her to us. Subsequent medical examinations proved she had been repeatedly raped, and had been subjected to other horrific sexual assaults.

I am very sad to say cases like Pramilla are not an isolated occurrence, but this level of abuse and crime is truly shocking. Pramilla is responding to care and is already undertaking craft training which is a great therapeutic aid to her recovery, and all efforts are on to locate her family and in time retrace her steps that fateful day and gather evidence which will result in a secure prosecution. A criminal case has been lodged.

I want you to know we do not have any other source of funding for this project specifically so every cent you donate goes towards this important initiative.

 Thank you,

Riya

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Website: http:/​/​www.peoplefirstbihar.org
Project Leader:
Nick Hansen
Bodhgaya, Bihar India
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