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.
This is Riya with another update from Rescue Junction
It has as always been a very busy time. As regular readers will know very sadly there is a big scandal here in Bihar in incidents of child abuse in other residential children’s homes, ( not connected with People First) , and this is subject to a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) full enquiry which is ongoing.
As Rescue Junction is considered a safe place for child protection and care we have now much increased admissions, as other homes in the area have been completely closed down by the government.
We are as always working with the authorities and law enforcement agencies to tackle child abuse wherever it occurs and we thank you for your support for same.
As we look back over the past year, we have been able to help protect and care hundreds of children.
Our anti child begging campaign (which is still open on GlobalGiving) has not received the support of previous years and with our limited resources this has also limited our work in this regard but we are doing what we can. If you are able to help a link to the campaign appeal is included below in the links.
Our main report picture is of child labourers on platform number one at Gaya Junction . We have hidden the faces because legal action against the traffickers is ongoing.
May we wish you a Happy New year and hope that 2019 will be a great year for you.
This is Riya from the Gaya Rescue project with another update.
Attention Please! care, protection help and support has now arrived on platform number one!
I am so pleased to announce in cooperation with the authorities a child help desk is now on Gaya Station. How wonderful that we are able to do this… gone are the days when there was no help for children and all of us here at People First are so proud of our role in making things so much better for vulnerable children in the district. This would not have been possible without your support.
Sanjay's father works as a daily wage earner in his own village, his mother is disabled with both feet, and the financial condition of his family being very pathetic So the child went to work with a person named Ryan in the factory of Jaipur one and a half years ago, after being rescued by Jaipur Police he came back to his home with the help of People First staff.
Due to extreme poverty again he went to Firojpur for work, and the owner of that factory beat him daily , and he ran away from there and tried to come back home ,but he missed the way and reached to Hanumangadh dist. (Rajasthan). He was discovered wandering by a concerned member of the public and he informed a local reputable NGO. This Organisation referred him to us and handed him over to Rescue Junction to beproduced before CWC Gaya. We are now placing Sanjay in our supportive school’s programme and he will be returning home under supervision and regular follow up visits and support from the Rescue Junction staff to make sure he picks up his studies, and is never the victim of child labour again. We have changed his name but what will shock you is his age ... just 13.
Thank you all so much.
Just a reminder that Winter will be here very soon and our annual appeal to keep children warm and safe this winter is now live on Global Giving.
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