This is Riya with another special report from Rescue Junction.
Firstly, I hope in these difficult and dangerous times that this mail finds you and your family all well.
Here at Rescue Junction our work goes on.
Recently a baby girl was abandoned in a field near a Railway Bridge just near Gaya.
In the summer heat and dumped in a cardboard box this tiny child perhaps one or two days old would not have survived long. Fortunately a passer by heard the cries and contacted the police.
Here at Rescue Junction we have a small specialised baby care team thanks to your support, and they rushed to the police station with the doctor on call who pronounced the baby well but hungry and dehydrated. After 24 hours in hospital for observation the child came into Rescue Junction for care and protection. We will after all due enquiries ensure that the child goes for adoption into a loving Indian family who will cherish her and love her and give her a wonderful life.
Everybody here at the Junction wishes to thank you for all of your wonderful support.
Please take care,
Riya, the staff and children and everyone at Rescue Junction
We send this report to you with the hope that you are safe and well.
Here Rescue Junction has been classed as an essential emergency service and I want to recognise and thank our brave staff for continuing to work under these unique circumstances. We have been issued with emergency passes and the centre has remained fully open to respond to reports of abuse, lost and children in trouble across the district. We have faced extra expenses in providing PPE and we have had to adjust our accommodation to take into account social distancing but not a day of our vitally important services has been missed.
People First has taken initiative and provide food materials for 201 poor families who lost their work in our working areas in Gaya district in Bihar because of lock down due to prevention of covid -19 and handed over all the food materials to district administration for peacefully distribution among the most needy families. Thanks for all team members who have provide their support for packaging and distribution.
We thank you as ever for your wonderful support and we will be sending you further updates very soon.
May I wish you all a very festive season and thank you for care concern and compassion.
Its is my duty to start this report with something very sad.
An adoption centre here in Gaya (nothing to with People First) has been closed down and four people including two women and the director have been charged with serious child sexual offences. Again, this happen… children already in difficulty have been sent to homes full of abuse.
The welfare department told us as some survivors of this terrible abuse were sent to the protection and care of Rescue Junction,” thank God for Rescue Junction where we know children are safe”
We have been very busy as usual a young boy somehow found his way on a train all the way from Chennai in the South of India . He was deaf and dumb but our expert counsellors were able to find his mother and they were escorted back home .
I cannot write this report without mentioning that the administrative director of People First Mr Rakesh Ranjan has been appointed as Chairman of the CWC ( child welfare committee ) the key child welfare body in Gaya District . The government took cognisance of his experience in child protection with People First so congratulations to him on his appointment to this very important role .
How are you all? as always, our best wishes go to you all with our appreciation for your interest in and support for our work here at the Junction.
Since our last report it was our pleasure to welcome Kavita from Global Giving who spent some time visiting the project.
Here’s what he had to say after his time with us ..
“People First Educational Charitable Trust has a competent, dedicated and experienced team who are doing ground-breaking work in Bihar. In the effort to make our society a safe space for every child, People First is doing its part with utmost sincerity”.
Thank you Kavita!
We want to you every single rupee donated is used with the utmost care for the maximum benefit for the children and once again we thank you all for your compassion and kindness.
For example here are two stories from children who have come to Rescue Junction just in the last week only.
Rithik 11 years old- A cruel stepmother
Rithik’s father remarried and moved away from his home village. His new stepmother regularly beat him for the crime of trying to go to school instead of doing housework. Unable to bear the constant abuse he ran away and was spotted on the station by a member of our staff alone and crying. He was bought to the protective care of the Junction where our case workers are considering the best options for him.
Ajit 12 years old – working his childhood away at 18 hours a day
An orphan Ajit a street child was captured by chid traffickers who sold him to a factory owner where he was made to work from 6am to 11am every single day except Sunday for which he was never paid he got only basic food. He tried to run away and was beaten, after which he was chained to his bed at night. He managed to use a co- worker’s phone and phoned the toll free childline number which he had seen in a discarded newspaper at the factory. As a resukt of his call within 48 hours over 50 children were rescued from the factory in a police raid and the owners are in custody.
Please help us continue our important work, and we thank you for your support We have changed the names of these children according to our best practices protocol.
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