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
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!

Riya

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

Namaste

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

Riya

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THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

VERY URGENT MESSAGE TO RESCUE JUNCTION GAYA- IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

GIRL TRAVELLING ALONE AGED APPROX  14 YEARS. APPEARS DISTRESSED PLEASE INTERCEPT AND RESCUE AT GAYA JUNCTION ARRIVAL TIME 04.30AM TRAIN NUMBER  30009 BERTH NUMBER 45 COACH NUMBER S9 RAILWAYS INSTRUCTED TO HALT AND REMAIN AT GAYA UNTIL SITUATION RESOLVED.

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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Railway Child
Railway Child

EDUCATING “VERMIN”

Hi Everyone.

For those of you familiar with our reports Riya is taking a well-earned break for this one. My name is Naresh Sir and I am the Director of Education here at People First. It is the festive holiday time here in India and I wish everyone our best compliments of the season.

For this report I thought you might like to know some of the challenges we faced when we started the Gaya Rescue Project some years ago, and how we overcame them. If our experiences help any similar organisation doing similar work then all well and good. It’s an interesting story anyway and it demonstrates how we had to learn.

One of the distressing and difficult aspects when we started the project was the attitude of some of the public towards the children living on the station. They were described as” vermin” and were almost seen as sub human. One of the great changes there has been in recent years is a much greater awareness of exploited children and child abuse, and the atmosphere is now much more positive generally.

But  at that time we had a simple platform school with homeless children easily distracted, but at least they came. When we moved to our first night shelter in a rented building the staff struggled with difficult behaviour ,including kids high on glue, self-harm, threats and damage to property.

When visitors come to our centre Rescue Junction it could not be more different. Attentive clean children sit calmly, interacting well with each other and staff and learning quietly.  

So, what is the difference?

We realised many things back then

Our staff were not trained in dealing with homeless and disturbed children who had never known a caring or responsible adult in their lives.

Trust had to be earned.

The children’s self-worth had to be established.

Anger or rejection shown by staff was completely counterproductive.

The staff themselves needed support.

Firm boundaries of acceptable behaviour had to be established through  individual counselling and care

So, what we did was to secure training from a state-wide organisation that specialised in working with children from unstable and difficult backgrounds.

This team also worked with the children using drama as a self-confidence building measure and the children did street theatre. The training and staff support continues to this day from many sources, supporting staff and increasing skills.

Another major change took us all a bit by surprise. These children do not have more than one set of old clothes , often very dirty. We gave them school uniform so they could wash their own clothes  . The result was an immediate improvement in class behaviour.

We also realised that these children were crying out for boundaries and needed to know  that self-harm or violence was not acceptable and that if they wanted to be part of the centre community they had to agree to certain guidelines . This was achieved through a lot of individual counselling and care.

And finally we introduced (with some scepticism I might add ) class meditation periods first for ten minutes and then up to twenty minutes . This really calmed the children tremendously and is part of the centre daily programme to this day.

So all of this helped, and I not suggesting that the change was sudden, it was of course gradual and the learning process never stops of course !

I hope you found this interesting and I want to thank you for your support for the centre. Without your support we could not do the important work that we do .

Please look out for October 5th when you donation will go further on GlobalGiving  .

Thank you all

Naresh   

 

   

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Rescued
Rescued

Hi Everyone 

Greetings to all from the Junction 

We hope this update finds you and your family well.

As those who follow us on our FB page will know we have just been involved in a major new operation with the labour department and police to smash another big child labour ring .

Through details given by previously rescued children we were able to piece  together a network of child trafficking sending children as young as seven from poor families here in Bihar to factories in parts of Rajasthan .

We wanted to rescue as many children as possible and not leave any behind so surveillance was set up to identify all of the factories, mostly making cheap jewellery that were illegally employing children.

At the end of the operation raids were held and a total of 178 children were rescued in a single morning 

All of them were escorted in two special coaches by train  to Rescue Junction for counselling support and reconciliation with thier families.

The average age was 12.

We thank you all for your donations without which the work would simply not be possible .

And please remember you can keep up with all of our work by following us on Facebook, the link is below.

Please help us continue to stop child labour.

Riya

Rescued children arriving at Gaya Junction
Rescued children arriving at Gaya Junction

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

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