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
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Rescue Junction Supports Street Children in India
Railway Children at Gaya
Railway Children at Gaya

Hi this is Riya,

Greetings from South Bihar at this festival time of Diwali. The children are looking forward to the special celebrations.

Sometimes supporters ask how long does a child stay at Rescue Junction?

Well each, and every child is important to us, and it is wholly dependent on each child’s circumstances, depending on their best interest and their wishes of course that these decisions are made.

The responsible body for child welfare is the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and as the children in need are with us here at Rescue Junction the hearings take place right here on the premises, but with the status of a court and operating completely independently from us of course.

So in answer to the question well, it depends, but no child is ever asked to leave against their wishes, or sent to a bad situation or sent from here without the support he or she needs.

This can place additional financial pressure on our limited resources so your donation has been vital in helping us to respond in every child’s best interests.

We send our thanks and gratitude to you  

Here’s what Sandeep has to say,

I was lost and afraid. I felt as if nobody cared, that nobody cares for me.

My body still hurting from the last beating my stepfather gave me, I did not know what to do or where to go. Then I saw a poster giving the childline number and I did not need money to call, someone answered immediately and told me to stay where I was, help was coming. A golden window opened in my life, I was safe.

At last I was safe”.

Sandeep is 11 years old.

Thank you,

Riya

   

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NOT FOR SALE
NOT FOR SALE

Hello Everyone,

It’s time for a new update.

Firstly, we would like to thank especially Kave and Christin for their fundraiser connected with their wedding and everybody who donated so generously. You can find the fundraiser here,

https://www.globalgiving.org/f17651/

We would also like to thank our recurring regular donors both old and new, thank you all!

We are as busy as ever here at the Junction, it’s the monsoon season, torrential showers and cloudy skies.

Based on information received about a child trafficker keeping children at his home we were able to conduct a raid with the police and labour department and rescued five children. Average age was 11 years of age. Our anti trafficking unit wants to spread the message children are not for sale.

There is also a sad case of a 13-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and was rescued following a 1098 Childline call from a concerned member of the public. Pritya (name changed) gave birth to a little girl after admission to Rescue Junction and mother and child are doing well and receiving special care. Counselling is going on.

She has named the child “Kushi” which means happiness.

Other news is that we have a brand new appeal on Global Giving for a new Kitchen here at the centre, this is not just a matter of a getting a fridge, the whole room needs to be gutted and refitted as a modern clean much needed facility. When it is completed we will be able to offer cooking classes and definitely not just for the girls!

Just for your information the new appeal is here,

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/rescue-junction-needs-a-shiny-new-kitchen/

Once again, thanks to you all,your support means so much to us. We also need your support and help so we can serve the children better and help keep them safe and well

Riya

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Girls at Rescue Junction today
Girls at Rescue Junction today

Hi this is Riya,

Greetings to all of you!

For this report number 45 I think!, I thought it would be interesting to review the progress of children featured earlier in our reports over the years (names have been changed but their story has not)

2009

"My name is Bhola. I am I think 10 years old. I am living at Rescue Junction. Sometime ago on a crowded 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 living here at Rescue Junction, we get food and I am going to classes and I feel safe here. Without Rescue junction I would have nowhere else to go".

2016

Bhola never went "home" because he didn’t want to return to his former life, he told our counsellors that there was physical abuse and hunger. Despite extensive efforts to locate his family,( although Bhola would never have been asked to go anywhere against his will), no family was ever found Bhola was placed in a residential school at Rescue Junctions expense and he spends his holidays at the centre, now coming up to his school leaving exams, Bhola tells us he is happy with his studies and wishes to join our vocational training  programme ,and once he reaches and 18 live independently with our support.

2010

This is the sad story of Pramilla, Sheethal and little Sonu 

Life in Village Bihar can be very hard. According to the Department for International Development in the UK if the State Bihar was a country it would be the sixth poorest in the world.

In early September the centre was contacted by the District Magistrate concerning the distressing case of 3 small girls from an remote village in the area who had no one to care for them. 

Their mother died following illness two years ago. And just this month their father died too. It was suggested by some in the village the family were so poor the father had died of starvation, giving what little food he had to his daughters. The government maintained he died of TB. However the last thing he told his eldest daughter, Pramilla before he passed away, was "love and take care of your sisters" , "you are in charge of them now" 

Pramilla had no money for a cremation, and with the help of some villagers buried her father outside the village. As a landless family she had no source of food, but a rice dealer sometimes gave them rice. The villages felt they were going to die from hunger, and without relatives to care for them they took the children to the local block office and demanded that the government help. But as you know the government has no home or facilities for such children, and therefore the authorities formally requested admission to Rescue Junction pending referral to the Child Welfare Committee. 

2016

The three sisters were sent to a government run hostel and school 100km away in Patna, this took some time because our staff were determined they would never be separated, but have no home of their own and spend all of their holidays at Rescue Junction. The girls are unrecognisable from those initial months with is, they are confident and talkative. The really good news is that a special separate appeal on Global Giving $5,000 was raised for their care and Rescue Junction have opened a special account for their future. We will help Pramilla with finding employment and a place of her own once she reaches the age of 18. The funds collected for her and her sisters will ensure that they will have a good start in life. Our team are looking at all the options with the girls regarding their future.

These are just two stories of so many in future reports we may well tell more stories of children who have featured in earlier reports years ago. Every child has thier story 

We are busier than, ever up to date news in our next report but in order to keep the services for children at their current level we need to raise an extra $5,000 to ensure another year of unbroken service at current levels.

Please ask your friends family and workmates to perhaps consider just giving a little to help the children so we can raise this much needed help by the time of our next report in 90 day’s time . In the meantime, I would express our profound gratitude on behalf of the children to all of you for your donations.

As you know full tax benefits are available to those eligible on GlobalGiving.

Take care,

Riya  

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blankets for the children
blankets for the children

Hi Everyone,

This is Riya director of Rescue Junction wishing you all a wonderful year in 2016.

Busy as always here at the junction, here are just a few examples, (we have changed the names)

Sanju (11) was in the care of her brother as her parents work in Mumbai as domestic labour but her brother abused her and she ran away. Luckily she called ChildLine, (toll free 1098) and our staff were able to meet here and bring her to the safety of Rescue Junction. Her case is ongoing and we are working with the police as part of our ongoing investigation.

Monu (10) was found as part of our anti child begging campaign and he was found begging .He was found to have to have desperately poor parents who were permanently drink and incapable of offering any care for him and he has been removed from their care by the police and placed formally with us. At the moment we are in touch with his maternal grandmother who seems willing and able to care for him, and he will go to school also. We are working on this.

Finally there is Pirya , who was rescued from a  local brothel in one of joint raids with the police , traumatised and in need of medical care she is slowly recovering as our counsellors are working with her . In a meeting with the magistrate’s association they expressed concern that not enough was being done to arrest the owners of brothels that use underage girls and undertook to give the maximum sentences to those involved.

Pirya is 12 years of age.

We never turn any child away from our doors.

 I would like to thank you for all your donations and wonder if you know of anybody that might consider giving a monthly donation (recurring donation) as these are so helpful to us, and  a big thank you to those already making such a donation. Mind you every donaton helps !

The donations you give are not for extra things we need every cent towards helping us raise the money we need to help keep the doors open to children in need of help, may I express my heartfelt appreciation to you all,

Riya

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Baby Aishya
Baby Aishya

Hello Friends and Supporters of Rescue Junction,

This is Riya from Rescue Junction with my second update. I hope you are all well and I send you festive greetings from Bihar!

As you know I am the new Rescue Project Director and I have discovered I have much to learn. I have been so impressed with the dedication of the staff here, many of whom have years of experience in addition to their special training.

My goodness me you have to be able to react quickly when you work here! As what each new day brings is unknown. Our staff are a constant presence on the station and can come through the door with children who have been abused or are running away, or are simply lost.  We have to respond immediately to reports of children in trouble or in distress.

And then little Aiysha was admitted brought to us after medical checks after being thrown away in a plastic bag on the dry bed of the river, luckily two boys found here and called childline on 1098 the toll free number we attend to 24 hours a day . She was only a few hours old and would not have probably survived for much longer. The name “Aishya” means alive and well. She will remain in our care for some time, looked after by trained nurses until adoption proceedings have taken their course. What is not understood is that whilst all the abandoned babies that have come through Rescue Junction have been girls, there is on the other hand a long waiting list of families wishing to adopt them within India. Aishya will have a bright future.

I would like to thank you all for your wonderful support and I hope you have a pleasant peaceful and fulfilling festive time of year.

With Kind Regards,

Riya

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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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