Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
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Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
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Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
International day of girl child at the Junction
International day of girl child at the Junction

Namaste to All

You must be aware of the current crises unfolding here in India.

It’s very grim as you know it is a national emergency. We wanted all our supporters to know how much we appreciate your support especially at this time and send our heartfelt thanks to all of you.

We also wanted you to know that Rescue Junction is classed as an essential emergency service by the local administration and as such our staff and the centre is continuing to function (at almost full capacity) in every aspect of the centre’s work.

Our staff are still working on the station identifying children who may be trafficked, escaping abuse or just lost and frightened. Rescue Junction working under enormously difficult circumstances in an environment that is as covid safe as is possible at this time.

We are also helping with our Covid response programme but this project has benefited from many volunteers including 3rd year medical students to aid and assist those who need urgent assistance

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/helping-the-poor-in-bihar-india-to-survive-covid/

Admissions during the last month include Simi (name changed)

Simi is 15 years of age and comes from a very poor village. Her family are labourers in a brick kiln. Simi was promised domestic work in Kolkata and to live in the house with a chance of an education. When she arrived at Kolkata that person who accompanied her for some reason abandoned her at the station. She was befriended by a taxi driver (an unauthorised taxi) who took her home and tried to rape her. Running out of the house the neighbours called the police but the driver had run away. Enquires are on.

The Kolkata police though the ChildLine rescue network of which Rescue Junction is part made the necessary arrangements for her to be safely escorted to the centre.

After a period of counselling Simi is now safely back home under supervision of our outreach team.

Our team are rescuing children like Simi all the time, our child protection services are sadly needed now more than ever.

Thank for your support

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Rescued Children from Jaipur
Rescued Children from Jaipur

Namaste everyone.

I write to you at a terrible time and please dont mind as a lot of covid related work is centered  at Rescue Junction may I just let you know about our emergency appeal on Global Gving here..

 https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/helping-the-poor-in-bihar-india-to-survive-covid/

However even in the midst of a terrible pandemic our work fighting child trafficking goes on. 

We gave seen a big increase in child trafficking during the pandemic.

Please take a look at this CNN video ..many of these children come to us from Jaipur and the video shows the scale of the problem.

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2020/10/22/india-forced-child-labor-coronavirus-covid-19-watson-pkg-intl-hnk-vpx.cnn

But we have had many successes including working  in partnership with other organisations and law enforcement  to bring factory owners to book and with child support programmes in the villages to restore mainstream education.

Your support is crucial to us and we all send our hearfelt thanks and appreciation to you.

Our brave staff are working 24/7 to help children caught up in the pandemic and trafficking by criminals and everybody here thanks you for your help.

Our next update will include stories from some of the children themselves..

With thanks

Priyadarshini

 

   

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Rescue Junction Children against child marriage
Rescue Junction Children against child marriage

Hello Everyone!

I hope this update finds you and your family well. With reference to our last report may I send you the link for our Justice Project. This project was set up because our staff at Rescue Junction are extremely busy and it was decided that if we had a dedicated legal team we could help to ensure working with our local agencies that those whom traffic and abuse children can be brought to justice and taken out of circulation, and therefore unable to harm others. We have already had some success and we need support so the team can continue their excellent work.

Here is the link and it’s also mentioned below in the links..

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/not-for-sale

Our Covid related continues at pace and may I invite you to take a look here

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/helping-the-poor-in-bihar-india-to-survive-covid

This is also mentioned in the links.

Here is a story of a child recently rescued,

In recent months there has also been an increase in cases of forced marriages. Families marry their daughters to have one less mouth to feed. We’ve come across cases where children as young as 12 have been trafficked into a forced marriage.

He is one survivor's story, (we have changed the name in accordance with our child protection procedures)

My name is Sheetal, I am 13 years of age, Due to Covid my village school closed for long time but I tried to keep up with my studies with my mobile phone but it was old phone and needed repairing and I did not have 500 rupees (about $7 to repair it) We were already very poor and covid made it worse…. so, my family decided to marry me, although I pleaded with them to not do it. My groom was 21 years of age!

In the village I live near Gaya some of the children were aware of a special number for children in trouble which you can call without charge and I borrowed my friend’s phone and called them they were so caring. I was speaking to a lady from Rescue Junction and they told me that they would come and talk to my parents. Within 24 hours they came with a lady Police officer and my parents signed a legal bond saying I would not be married before 18 years of age and would be allowed to continue my education. But my parents woke me up just 3 nights later to drive to an unknown place for my marriage.

Luckily my friend saw and heard the commotion, (I was kicking and screaming before they blocked my mouth) and I made a phone sign she understood and called the emergency number ....as the vehicle was local, she was able to give the registration number.  After about 10km as we were passing the nearby town the police stopped the vehicle and rescued me, and I was sent straight to Rescue Junction. There the staff were so kind and gentle.

It took some months but after a big meeting at Rescue Junction I returned home under the supervision and with support from Rescue Junction. And I have restarted my education as far as Covid situation will allow.

I cannot thank everyone at Rescue Junction enough and all of you who help children like me.

May God Bless you All.

 With so much thanks to you all ..may you all have a great Easter Break

Priyadarshini Gupta

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Thank You!
Thank You!

Namaste from all at Rescue Junction

Everyone at the junction hopes this mail finds you well.

We have been very busy as usual here at the Junction with over 200 referrals this month.

They fell into the following categories,

Lost or separated from parents or guardians             18%

All successfully reunited within 24 hours

Trafficked children                                                         27%

Protection care and rehabilitation going on   

Referred by Police and law enforcement agencies    21%

Protection care and rehabilitation going on

Referred by peer group (other Children)                     11%

Phone referrals                                                               20%

Other                                                                                 3%

After reassuring and counselling the children they will appear before the local child welfare committee which is chaired by an ex-People First Officer and held in Rescue Junction itself to determine what course of action is in the child’s best interests.

You can see from the above how your wonderful donations are working in a very real and direct way for the children. I would like you to kindly take a look at the video below which although not new gives a good indication of our work... its also in the links below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FBPm17_pGI

May I also inform you about a very important new micro project on GlobalGiving whereby we would like to strengthen our action against traffickers and abusers and bring justice for the survivors. We can fund this whole programme for 5K dollars a year but any help no matter how small is most welcome. Help us catch the traffickers and ensure justice for the children

Our Covid related work is very much going on look out for a new appeal on GlobalGiving (if approved) shortly.

We hope that you and all your family are safe and well and as always, we send our heartfelt gratitude to you for your kindness and compassion.

In our next report we will hear from some of the children themselves.

With warm best Wishes,   

 Priyadarshini Gupta

     

                                          

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Girls at Rescue Junction
Girls at Rescue Junction

Hello Everyone

Namaste from all of us at Rescue Junction. We hope very much this report finds you safe and well at this so difficult time. We hope earnestly things will improve in the upcoming new year.

Our project with migrant children needs your support and thank you to those who have already helped these children.

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/emergency-food-programme-for-migrant-children/

The link is given below also…

We are so busy at the junction these days.

I want to praise the staff for their dedication and care not least the fact that we have been able to keep the junction COVID-19 free, but we have had to expend money on PPE and barriers and other measures to keep every body safe.  I want to thank you for your kind donations and for thinking of and helping our children at this very difficult time. 

Here is a message from a long-term supporter.

“As a long time visitor to Bodhgaya and arriving at Gaya train station    often over the years, and at all times of the day and night I was struck years ago at the number of homeless children, some very small dressed in rags and filthy running around the place.

I became aware of Rescue Junction and visited the place and I was totally blown away by the happy children the caring staff and the enormously wonderful work they were doing in an area of so much need.

 It was only recently that whist waiting for a train at Gaya station, a wonderful realisation came to me. There were no children. They were all safely tucked up warm and fed at Rescue Junction.

Please help this project, giving a donation is a wonderful way to end a difficult year and your donation will go directly to the children who need help so very much.

Thank you

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

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