Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
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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
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
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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My name is Bhola. I am I think 10 years old. I am living at Rescue Junction. Sometime ago on a crowded train train station I get separated from my mother who went to get some water and the train moved away. I miss her very much. Everyone here is trying to help find my family, but we lived by the side of a railway station in another state in a tent because we moved a lot and I cannot remember the name. But I do like like living here at Rescue Junction, we get food and I an going to classes and i feel safe here. Without Rescue junction I would have nowhere else to go.

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A MONTH SPENT WITH PEOPLE FIRST January 2009

People First is the incredible organization in Bodhgaya that is running Rescue Junction and who I have been following around now for about a month They have been great these past month in showing me some of their other programs which I had heard about but seen very little of. Every day we have been loading hats, scarves, quilts and medicine into the packed jeep and heading out into outlying areas. They have been generous with their time and I feel like a privileged guest. When I brought the quilts last year I was impressed with their programs, and this year my respect for this difficult and important work has only deepened.

We began by visiting their Rescue Junction project, which is a school and shelter for children who live in the railway stations. It's hard to find a place to start working in a city as rough and impoverished as Gaya, but these kids are certainly a worthy cause. It's really incredible to see them compared to children in other parts of India living on the platforms, a testament to child rehabilitation. Upon arriving at the center I began an art class with the excited children, some of whom I recognized from last year. I took out the pieces of cloth I had cut this morning and handed out pens for them to draw elephants, self portraits, Bodhi trees, birds, etc. Back in the states we have found some willing participants to sell pillowcases made from this fabric to generate revenue for the center. The children were joyous, smiling and sharing their pens and coloring furiously, I have to say my heart was full. These kids could be out in the rain and mud, collecting torn plastic bags, but they are learning and living healthy lives with adult protection. When they were finished with their masterpieces, we went upstairs for the main event. When I arrived I had two gigantic bags in tow, full to the brim with the goods, and I was anxious to give them to those for whom they were made. Among hushed whispers and irrepressible smiles (they tried to feign seriousness!) the children were bursting with happiness as I handed each new child a quilt. Many had their own from last year, which lined their beds in the sleeping hall, so we only gave 10 quilts to the new children. The rest will go to surrounding villages where People First runs schools and health clinics. It is really an incredible program, and the children gain so much self-worth by having their very own piece of art in the form of a beautiful quilt. Plus, they love seeing the self portraits of the foreign children who somehow, though so far away, have touched their lives. After visiting Rescue Junction People First's founders, Nick and Deepak, offered me an opportunity to visit the "Remand Home," what we call Juvenile Hall. Because Rescue Junction deals with railway children, it was only a matter of time before Nick and Deepak had to visit this facility. Many children who are merely lost on the railway platforms are brought here because the police don't know what to do with them. People First has found several children who were being kept in prison who had only been separated from their families on the overly crowded trains. Many families were beside themselves not knowing where their lost children had gone, so you can imagine their indescribable joy when they were reunited with their lost children. When Nick first visited the juvenile hall there were seventy kids being kept in three rooms with no outside light. They all had lung infections from the cold, wet floors and coal fires that burned in the small, dark quarters. He has worked in Bihar for a long time but said he had never seen anything like it. He and Deepak quickly brought the district judge, a woman, to assess the facility. She cried when she saw the kids and angrily demanded, "who allowed this to happen?!" Needless to say, because of PF's efforts, the children have been relocated to a much better location with natural light, space, and outdoor time each day. We went that day to provide sweaters for the now 144 boys living in the prison because the state had not provided them with any warmth. You can imagine, a state whose apparatus has failed to the extent that NGO's are providing their prisoners with sweaters, when it's the state that should be supporting the work that NGO's like PF are doing in rural Bihar! We arrived to eager faces, many of whom have been charged with serious crimes; murder, rape, and/or kidnapping. Which children are guilty and which are innocent is hard to tell, some are younger than ten and were arrested with their whole families when the father committed an offense, and others are guilty. As we left I understood why Nick and Deepak had taken it upon themselves to intervene.

All in all, People First is amazing and they are providing resources to some of the most needy communities in Bihar.

Mallory Moser Marin County USA

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

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