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
Our new child help desk at Gaya Junction
Our new child help desk at Gaya Junction

Hello Everyone,

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 Story

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.

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Hello Everyone

This Riya from Rescue Junction.

I write this update with much sadness. 

After all the achievements and progress towards child protection in Bihar news of widespread serious abuse and harm within shelter homes run by other NGOS (with state government money) has come to light. The scale of this abuse is beyond words, terrible physical and sexual abuse, drugs given, rooms for forced abortions, even accusations of murder.

It has quite rightly caused a national outcry. 

Over 14 NGOs have been named, all receiving state government grants and using them in the worst case to run a child brothel, with violence perpetuated against the children if they dared complain.

There is sense of terrible shock here amongst the staff and much sadness.

 Let me state clearly no complaint has  ever been received concerning children at Rescue Junction.  

People First and the staff here at Junction are proud of our exemplary record of protecting children from wherever they come. We are proud of our transparency, honesty, and willingness to report child abuse wherever and whenever we find it.

With your help we will continue this work to the very best of ability, and without fear, favour or prejudice.

We thank you for your support, it is needed now more than ever,


This is a press article from India Today..

Heads have started rolling in Bihar shelter-home rape case. Fourteen officials have been suspended by the Bihar government for negligence and dereliction of duty. But it took nearly four months for the Nitish Kumar government to prima facie identify the officials at fault in a case of alleged rape of 34 girls aged between seven and 17 in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.

Medical reports have so far confirmed sexual abuse of more than 30 girls. The probe into the sex scandal has been handed over to the CBI. At least 10 accused have been arrested till date.

The Muzaffarpur shelter-home rape case is one of the cases of abuse at shelter homes and short-stay homes in Bihar. It all began with a report by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which blew the lid over an organised sex scandal in Bihar run by people having connections with the powers that be in the state.

Why did TISS conduct an audit?

The Bihar government indirectly runs around 110 short-stay and shelter homes for homeless girls, women, boys and juveniles in conflict with law. These shelter homes are funded by the Bihar government and managed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Their funding is decided by the Bihar government based on their performance report.

The Bihar government had asked the TISS to conduct an audit of the short-stay and shelter homes in August 2017. The TISS audit report was submitted in April.

The TISS report pointed to sexual exploitation and physical abuse at six short-stay homes and 14 shelters. The first FIR in the case was registered on May 31. But the issue gained due attention of the Nitish Kumar administration around mid-June.

The full TISS report is not yet out in public. But whatever is known from the sources and media reports give chilling description of sexual abuse of girls at places where they were to feel safe and secure under government's protection.

What did TISS find out?

The TISS audit found that almost all 110-state government-funded institutions were run in violation of the mandate of the respective schemes and also the Juvenile Justice Act. It also reported abuse, varying in forms and degrees of intensity, in these institutions.

The Muzaffarpur short-stay home run by the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti was the worst performer, according to the TISS audit, for "grave instances of violence". The audit team found several girls reporting violence and sexual abuse.

The girls staying at Muzaffarpur shelter home had no access to open space and were locked up in their wards. They were allowed to go outside their wards just to take their meals and that too up to the dining hall only. No vocational training and recreation means were provided to the inmates.

At the Patna short-stay home for girls, run by the NGO IKARD, the staffers were physically abusive. A girl had reportedly committed suicide at the Patna shelter home due to the "violent atmosphere". The TISS team was told by the girls that they were not provided clothes, medicines and even toiletries.

The TISS report also indicted the managers of Motihari short-stay home for girls and women. The audit report talks about instances of physical violence.

Short stay home for girls in Munger was officially run by Novty Welfare Society. But a part of the building had been sub-let for a monthly rent of Rs 10,000. The TISS report says that the bathrooms at shelter homes in Munger did not have latches inside leaving the girls vulnerable.

The NGO Mahila Chetna Vikaa Mandal ran a shelter home for girls in Madhepura. TISS found that one of the girls living here had been taken in forcibly from the streets and was not allowed to go back or contact her family.

A security guard had been given the management powers at the short-stay home for girls in Kaimur. It was officially run by the NGO Gram Swaraj Sewa Sansthan. The TISS report said that the girls living in Kaimur shelter home complained that the security guard was sexually abusive.


Similar damning facts emerged from the audit of boys' homes in Bihar. The boys' home in Motihari, run by NGO Nirdesh, was a place of serious physical violence and sexual abuse as reported by those living there.

Residents staying at boys' homes in Bhagalpur (run by the NGO Rupam Pragati Samaj Samiti), Munger (run by NGO Panaah), Gaya (run by the NGO DORD) and Araria also reported abuse during TISS audit.

The officials suspended by the Bihar government included seven assistant directors of district child protection units -- from Muzaffarpur, Munger, Araria, Madhubani, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Bhojpur, district child protection officers - posted in Araria, East Champaran, Patna, Gaya, Madhepura and Sheohar, and a superintendent of a remand home, posted in Araria.

(With PTI inputs)


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One of our campaigns in Action
One of our campaigns in Action

Hello to everyone!!!

I am Riya with our latest update for you all.

In this report I want to talk about our work in the wider community. As regular supporters will know we have a high standard of care and protection at the Junction and a remarkable success rate in rehabilitating children back into their communities. 

Bur an important part of our work is to involve lots of other people and organisations in improving the whole environment for children and help make them safer. To this end we set a vigorous programme of visits to schools and colleges and many other organisations with a view to inform educate and motivate. We hold marches on the streets, we hold tractor tableaux, and have run several very successful campaigns. These have included against child marriage, against abuse of children, don’t give to child beggars and anti-child labour campaigns.

As one of our children said before going on a March, lets wake a few people up!

I am very pleased to announce that working with local schools and colleges, both private and state, we are ready to post a brand new project on Global Giving which subject to approval will be live within days, helping even more  vulnerable children back to school with the support and care they need.

Just a reminder that July 18th is Global Giving rewards day, please make a note of the day

Thank you as always for your fantastic support.

Have a great summer everybody!



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Rescued children arriving by train from Delhi
Rescued children arriving by train from Delhi


This is Riya with another update.. ( we have changed the names)

Here are some stories of the children that have come to Rescue Junction since the last update..

Name- Monika kumari
Age- 16 yrs
Her parents died when she was a child. A girl who lived in her neighbourhood whom she called " didi" took care of her and helped grew her without her parents. But as she grew up the girl treated her like a servant and made her do all the work at house and field and not let her study. And the girl also worked in Delhi and when she went to Delhi she left Monika with her younger sister at home. When she grew even more the girl took Monika with her to Delhi and made her do household works in of the houses in delhi.  But when the girl came to Delhi she took Monika's salary which she earned and even stole things from the owner’s house and the blame was given to Monika and she was beaten by her owner. Monika escaped from this hell and ran away and came to Gaya junction. Then a boy handed her to a woman named pinki and she handed her to GRP (Government Railway Police)  Gaya and she came to Rescue Junction. After training in mobile phone repairing she is now living with college girls in safe accommodation and is now safe and well still getting the support from RJ with our community outreach programme. She has a boyfriend from a good and caring family who have also sheltered and helped her.  

Name- Shivram age- 13 yrs
District - Jalpaiguri , West Bengal

He lived at his village and worked with his family as construction labourers. He went to school but due to poverty he went to Kanpur with one of the person from his village who ran a hotel in Kanpur and he started working in the hotel and earned the equivalent of $2 USD or about 1.50 GBP a day. He worked at the hotel from 4 a.m. in the morning till 8 p.m. in the night and then went to work at his master's house. After doing his work when he went to sleep his drunken master came and harassed him by beating him. Afrer so many beatings he got the courage to run away and came to Gaya station from Kanpur station. When GRP. Gaya found him alone at the station they handed him over to the Rescue Junction. He has been returned to his family but with supervision from the local child welfare committee who are helping him to re-join mainstream education.

There will be more stories of children who come to us for protection and care in our next update,, along with an overview of all of our work at the centre which you help support.

 Thank you so much



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This urgent email (a confirmation of a phone call) is typical of how things have changed, just a few short years ago this could not have happened.

The message came from the regional centre for Childline following information from a concerned member of the public.

A few years ago, there was no Childline to phone…. no Rescue Junction to receive and help them, and this girl would probably have just disappeared into the heat and dust of India forever.  In case you are wondering this girl had run away from home due to constant sexual abuse from an Uncle. She is recovering from her ordeal at Rescue Junction, safe and right now enjoying a special holiday time meal!  Our staff are helping her to start repairing the damage done and find a safe and loving place to live.

This is Riya from Rescue Junction at the end of another busy year. Thanks to your help we can look forward to reaching out too many more children in urgent need and distress in the coming year.

Over the past year we have rescued over 400 child labourers, undertaken with police four raids on local brothels, rescuing six minor girls, and received into over 1000 lost, missing, homeless and abused vulnerable boys and girls into our care. With your much-needed help we can make it even more in 2018.

Thank you for your concern and your compassion.

Finally, a message from the children…

“We want to wish you all very happy holidays and a merry new year, thank you for helping us, we send our love and thanks to you”

Thank you for helping  a homeless child today by your support for our work.

Riya and all at Rescue Junction










Young Girl at Rescue Junction with a new toy!
Young Girl at Rescue Junction with a new toy!


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