Education
 India
Project #2242

Rescue Junction supports street children in India

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
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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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Sunita with children at Rescue Junction
Sunita with children at Rescue Junction

 Hi Everyone,

This is Sunita the project manager at Rescue Junction with another report. This sadly will be my last report as my husband has got a new job in Delhi and we are moving next month. I will miss the work here a lot, I will miss the brave children, often full of hope despite very difficult circumstances, I will miss working with the wonderful staff who work so hard, I will miss seeing the Joy on a mothers face when they are reunited with their child who they thought was lost forever in the maelstrom of India.

 I will miss the sound of the children playing and laughing. I will miss being part of a team and sharing the satisfaction when a wrong doer who would harm children is arrested and put in Jail.  I will miss all of this and much, much more.

I want to thank you all for all your wonderful support and I really hope you will continue to help and please spread the word. We are rescuing hundreds of children a year, providing 3,000 meals a month, and education, support and counselling, investigating and preventing child trafficking, raiding brothels with the police, we are home to any child who needs us for whatever reason 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

Our centre costs $54,000 a year to provide all these services, to employ all the staff, to provide education care shelter and support. Every single dollar helps us reach that target.

The next report will be from the new director and I wish them all the best, I hope they will find the experience as wonderful as I did, despite all of the difficult challenges, and sometimes having to hear some painful and difficult stories from innocent children who have fallen into the evil hands of those who would do them harm.  What will remain with me for ever is the children’s courage and resilience, it is an inspiration for me, and it is something that I will never forget.

I remember once, a girl rescued from a brothel, she was just 14. She was crying silently (because they learn not to make a noise when they cry to avoid a beating). I was sitting next to her when she suddenly reached out to me and I hugged her, and she started to release her emotions crying loudly for a while and I offered her reassurance as best I could. After some time she looked up at me and said, “It’s all over isn’t it these things that happened to me it’s over”. I smiled at her and said, “The minute you walked through the door here you were safe, what happened to you was not your fault, you’re safe, free, and I promise you we will make sure you that this never happens to you again”. That girl went on to full time education, but not only that she became so confident, a couple of years later she joined our staff as a volunteer offering support particularly to girls.

This is the meaning of courage.

So please I ask all of you continue to stand by these children, they need your help so much,

With profound gratitude to you all,

Sunita ,

   

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Drinking water Station
Drinking water Station

Hello Everyone.

I hope the email finds you are your family well. It's time for another update from Rescue Junction the centre for the Gaya Rescue Project  here in Bihar in India.

Well so much to tell, we have had earthquakes, we have had a killer heat wave, and many new children and young people have come to Rescue Junction for help and support.

From Mid May onwards until June 13th, we were hit with a massive heatwave and we were getting reports of children and babies in distress due to the extreme heat on local trains and at stations due to heatstroke and dehydration. We purchased some extra coolers and fans and set up a cooling centre at Rescue Junction. At the height of the heat wave we had a nurse on call to rehydrate young children, and we even had to refer a few cases to the hospital for further care. We purchased many large bottles of drinking water and set up a free drinking water centre outside the centre because we are very near the station. We equipped volunteers with water on the station and on running trains to monitor any distressed people especially children , young mothers etc and worked with the railway police and coolies to help those in need.  However over the six weeks of severe weather we exhausted our fund for emergencies, and the Trust had to step in using precious reserves to help children from suffering so we do have an appeal which will help replenish our depleted emergency fund . It is here. 

http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/help-save-lives-from-the-indian-heatwave-in-bihar

I am of the opinion that our reports should thank people for their donations and help explain to them how we have used their hard earned money, the fact that you are reading this means you have already donated, but one way you can really make your money go further is donating on July 15th when Global Giving will match your donation by a massive 50% for as long as the matching funds last.. Matching funds begin at 09.01 Eastern, so please make a note in your diary.

I want to end with a sad but in its way inspiring tale about one girl who ran away from home due to pressure to become married.

We will call her Pramilla. ( not her real name). She is at most 14 years of age.

She was picked up at another station by a man and a woman who took her to their home in Gaya and tried to persuade her to travel to Calcutta for " Work" ( almost certainly prostitution). She gravely resisted and was severely beaten but managed to get to a mobile phone and dialed 1098 ( the emergency toll free childline number) and spoke to someone at Rescue Junction. She was able to give a rough description of the area and was composed enough to even give a house name. Within 20 mins the police broke into the house, arrested the couple, and set Pramilla free. .

On arrival Pramila was understandably distressed but it became apparent she may have some internal injuries and she was immediately admitted to the local hospital. A member of staff, a qualified female counselor was provided around the clock until she had recovered enough to return to rescue Junction where she reasons to this day.

One thing I want to tell you is that Pramila wants to help take part in a campaign to bring  more awareness of the childline service and will be visiting schools and colleges with our staff shortly.

Thank you for all of your support in supporting brave children like Pramilla

Sunita

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People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Website: http:/​/​www.peoplefirstbihar.org
Project Leader:
Nick Hansen
Project Liason Officer
Bodhgaya, Bihar India
$40,136 raised of $55,000 goal
 
766 donations
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