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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

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PROGRESS REPORT Much development has taken place at the centre. The new facilities for girls and the improvement in the security of the building have done much to enhance the children’s safety. During the last few months, the Trust has consolidated links with law enforcement agencies particularly the R.P.F, or Railway Protection Force. According to a recent directive from the central government, the Railway Protection Force has been instructed to identify and apprehend both children being trafficked and child traffickers. However, no any extra resources have been provided to help them undertake this new task. The local officer in charge of the R.P.F is extremely appreciative of the work of Rescue Junction, and many lost, abandoned and children being trafficked have been brought to the centre by the R.P.F , and the government railway police. The centre’s links with the local remand home and the local police, have also been reinforced during the last few months. Here is excerpt our annual report, (which will be send to you by registered post in the next few days), On condition of anominity, a senior police officer told the senior management of the Trust. “These are the invisible children, and before your centre was here they were left on their own, and in order to survive many turned to crime or prostitution. Since your project started this has now stopped and you have given them hope and self-respect. Before Rescue Junction, we had nowhere to send these children apart from jail (the remand home). The government provides nothing for these children, not a single worker or bed is available for them, only you seem to care, and in doing so you have saved many young lives” In addition to this immediate response, longer-term rehabilitation counseling and support has continued at the centre. This has resulted in several platform children undertaking vocational training, and one youngster has successfully started a full time residential education. Even greater trust between the staff and young people has meant many of the children who attend the centre have gained self-respect and there has been marked reduction in substance abuse, disruptive behaviour, and a corresponding improvement in social skills.

CHILDREN REUNITED WITH FAMILIES THROUGH RESCUE JUNCTION FROM AUGUST 09 TO DATE

Name and Age Gautam Kumar 10 Archana Kumari 5 Md. Fazan Ahmad 7 Hariom Kumar 7 Arsom 14 Iondar 13 Sunil Kumar 12 Mukesh Kumar 13 Mumtaz 14 Tabasum 8 Baiju Kumar 9 Pappu Kumar 8 Roushan Kumar 12 Sareena 17 Guddu Kumar 9 Sambhu Viswakarma 11 Pawan Kumar 12 Monu Kumar 13 Shubankar Bhola 14 Raju Kumar Pandit 14 Suraj Kumar 9 Sheikh Allaudin 12 Neeraj Kumar 10 Munna Kumar 10 Munna Kumar 12 Islam 12 Santosh Kumar 14 Laxman Kumar 13 Ajay Dhobi 13 Ranjan Kumar 10 Karu Kumar 9 Pradeep Kumar 12 Sarfraz Ahmad 10 Shankar Kumar 13 Nikhil Kumar 12 Roushan Kumar 12 Sharwan Kumar 12 Chikku Kumar 12 Sunny Kumar 12 Rahul Kumar 13 Raju Kumar 10 Chintoo Kumar 14 Ranjit Kumar 13 Moelasir 12 Manish Kumar 14 Md. Rizwan 11 Mr. Nausahad 10 Mr. Kalad 9 Anil Kumar 12 Vikash Kumar 9 Anup Kumar 10 Badal Kumar 10 Sonu Kumar 12 Shibu Kumar 13 Binod Kumar 13 Radha Raman pandey 14 Jeetu Kumar 10 Mantan Kumar 12 Sandeep Kumar 11 Sobit Kumar 13 Sanjay Kumar 13 Pramod Kumar 14 Md. Nasim 8 Vikash Kumar 11

The police verify all repatriations and handovers take place in the presence of a senior police officer. Subject to no objections from the family or child, the media often attends the process.

Regarding Community awareness, in October 2009, the Trust embarked upon the largest ever exercise of its kind ever held in Gaya. In cooperation with another N.G.O working with street children in another area, (SAATHI), the Government Railway Police, the Railway Protection Force and East Central Railway a survey was held which aimed to identify the number of unaccompanied children passing through the station in a 72 hour period. Twenty-four staff and volunteers were on all the platforms 24 hours a day. During that period, 139 children, were contacted and offered assistance. The local print and electronic media extensively covered this event. It is interesting to note that even two years ago only 30 % of people who worked on the station, ticket inspectors, porters etc knew of the existence of Rescue Junction. According to the most recent survey, undertaken in December 2009, the awareness of the centre, and importantly its purpose and role amongst station staff has increased to over 90%. From the 1st October 2009 Over 14 thousand hot meals have been provided at Rescue Junction, over 200 Blankets distributed, and 100 Sweaters and 50 scarves. The educational classes have continued, concentrating on Basic literacy and numeracy and have included subject such as health issues, and children right and for older children aids awareness and prevention. The State welfare department has visited the centre on two occasions and the Trust has copies of the very positive reports, which were sent to the Director of the Department recommending formal recognition of the centre and its work by the government of Bihar. And the centre has helped in other ways too, a young female, 18 years of age travelling alone was dragged off a train as it started to move in the night just outside Gaya Station by 4 men who then attempted to rape her. Her screams alerted passers -by who came to her aid. One man was arrested ,and charged with the crime. The police brought here to Rescue Junction where safe accommodation and counseling were available whilst her family was located. Their gratitude for the kindness and support given to their daughter was overwhelming. In addition, in a landmark judgment the local juvenile justice board sentenced an 18 year old for a crime he committed as a child to 3 months community service at Rescue Junction which he completed successfully. Moreover, after our report to the court he was subsequently released. It can be seen from all of the above, how vitally important Rescue Junction has become for children in Gaya district, especially as there is no other alternative programme. Lack of resources prevent the trust , from further expanding our vocational training programme and outreach work , and there is still so much more can be done in order to help ensure the safety and well being for these vulnerable children. However, the Trust is fortunate to have such dedicated staff and it is to their credit to have achieved so much in a comparatively short space of time. When the Project started just a few years ago, it faced suspicion, abuse and disbelief from the community. The police and others forecast that to try to run such a programme in Gaya was doomed to failure. The remarkable positive change in the communities attitude, the children’s behaviour and the absolute trust the project has now secured from stakeholders and others is an ongoing testament to the hard work and efforts of all those involved.

Nick Hansen People First Educational Charitable Trust Spring 2010

PEOPLE FIRST WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE POOR AND OPPRESSED FOR A BETTER FUTURE

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The Childrens Jail
The Childrens Jail

As part of the work of Rescue Junction we are the only non profit, or NGO, that works in in the one facility for children that the state provides in six districts, the childrens jail which is for boys only. Although some residents of the home have committed serious crimes many have commiitted very small offences or no offences at all, and some have been abandoned by thier parents. People First through myself, a qualified lawyer with 15 years experience of working with children is often the only hope of securing release. The Jail has no phone the residents can use, not even a stamp to send a postcard and my mobile phone is very usefull so they can inform relatives where they are. They even have to cook thier own food. We have provided them games and educational materials, as well as sweaters and blankets. One can only imagine what it must be like to be ten years old, locked up,abandoned by family, all for stealing a packet of biscuits worth 5 rupees because they were hungry. Through your support for Rescue Junction we can help these children and ensure thier rights are upheld. And we can get them home. Thank You

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Warm Smiles!
Warm Smiles!

I thought you would like to see these photos of warm blankets being distributed at Rescue Junction. We aim to make sure that all street children who come to our centre get all the care they need.

Just a blanket can mean so much
Just a blanket can mean so much
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On the station
On the station

40 CHILDREN RESCUED IN JUST THREE DAYS IN A JOINT OPERATION AT GAYA STATION WITH NGO SATHI, RAILWAY POLICE, AND EAST CENTRAL RAILWAY

In a major operation agaisnt child trafficking People FIrst in cooperation with another NGO working with street children in a different area, the police and Indian railways, over 24 staff spent 3 days and nights on the station in the first major intiative of its kind ever to be undertaken in Gaya. Ever present the workers intercepted unaccompanied children, wherever possible reuniting them through Rescue Junction with thier families. Whilst this work is always going on the scale of this programme was unprecendented, and confirms the key role of rescue junction in early intervention strategies and child protection in the district.


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Archarna Goes home
Archarna Goes home

Dear friends and supporters, This little girl, about 4 years old was rescued by suspicious members of the general public in the early afternoon, when fortunately she started to cry when approached by a group of men whilst sitting by the road side who they subsequently told police were trying to entice her into their vehicle. She was handed over by them to a local Police Station. Under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 it is illegal to keep children overnight at police stations or jails. Therefore, as has become the norm in these matters Archana was handed over by the police to Rescue Junction at midnight. By the following day this frightened and bewildered little girl (who was only able to tell the police her name) had responded to counseling by our female staff and we were able to locate her family, who were so concerned they had hired a rickshaw and megaphone broadcasting her description in the locality in the hope that someone had seen her. Archana is the 27th Child to be reunited with her family from Rescue Junction. I know supporters are only to aware of just how dangerous a place Bihar is for children, and RJ has been able to play a vital role in raising awareness and in the words of the Railway Children, "getting to children on the streets before the streets get to them " But what alternatives exist for the police in such a case? Well as you know, the Bihar Government does not have any children's centre or Social workers ,or any safety net at all for children in Gaya District , not a single bed. Therefore this girl would have been transferred to the Girls Remand Home (read prison) in Patna. But the police do not have any funds for staff to accompany her or transport either, they do not have staff trained in counseling young people. The Remand home in Gaya has no phone connections or even a stamp so children can write letters home.. The bottom line is, as the police say off the record, the police very often in the past would turn a blind eye to such children, they simply did not have any resources to help them, they would become street children. It is a huge credit to the work of the staff at RJ that they have made a significant impact in raising awareness with the police, the railways, the coolies and even the general public, and I am sure it has helped make Gaya a little bit safer for children. Thank you for your support, Nick Hansen and All At People First and Rescue Junction Gaya, Bihar India

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

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