Education
 India
Project #2242

Rescue Junction supports street children in India

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
The Children demonstrate against child marriage
The Children demonstrate against child marriage

Dear Friends and Supporters 

 Hi this Riya again with another Rescue Junction update. 

How are you all?  I hope you are well. 

Here the colourful festival of Holi has come and gone and the children enjoyed themselves. 

I thought for this update I would just share with you some stories of children coming through our doors last month, and thank you for helping to keep them open! 

(names have been changed per our child protection policy) 

Savtri (15)

Savitri was kidnapped on her way to school by  four men in a car who covered her mouth. She remembers nothing but woke up, terrified on Gaya Station railway platform. Members of the public handed her to the GRP (Government Railway Police). She was traumatised and medical examinations confirmed she had been raped multiple times. Savitri is still being counselled and being offered gentle support and constructive activities like craft and in time she will be able to return home to her parents when she is ready but with ongoing support and care from the centres specially trained staff. 

Shafi (8)

Shafi a boy aged eight decided to have an adventure and on his way to school took an auto from his college 50km away to Gaya. Eating samosa in a small café near the station, the owner was concerned when he was approached by three men, and intervened. He brought him personally to Rescue Junction where he has been counselled in a kindly but firm way with his parents and he returned home after a few days. 

Prakash (10) 

Prakash has never been to school and his father is ill and his mother was so poor. He was found working in a tea shop washing plates for 30 rupees a day (about 50 cents). He was rescued by the special labour department team formed with rescue Junction staff. Efforts are on to get him in mainstream education and for the time being he remains at Recue Junction.

Sanwi (20 days) 

In a town, some 30Km away from the centre a 20-day old baby was thrown away near a riverbank. Found fortuitously by a member of the public she informed the local police who brought her to Rescue Junction for care and protection.

 Per the norms and laws this little girl will be offered for adoption.  

Soni Kumari (14) 

Soni has had a difficult life. When her mother died when she was young, her father remarried only to constantly fight with his new wife and eventually she committed suicide by drinking poison. Soni went to live with her grandmother could not afford to keep her so she ended up with her aunty in anther village. Throughout all this she managed to educate herself up to class seven. She became friendly with a local boy and together they ran away to seek a better life together and were removed from a running train by the government railway police. Rescue Junction staff are working with her to decide the best option for her welfare and wellbeing. 

The above is just a small sample of the work of the centre in just one month. 

Thank you all, and I hope you like the picture of the children taking part in a colourful demonstration against child marriage!

 Please don’t forget the small donations matching on these dates, please put them in your diary! 

 Announcing the Little by Little Matching Campaign! This campaign is designed to celebrate the power of small donations and the power of the crowd. From April 3rd to April 7th, Global Giving will be matching donations up to $50 at 50% while the $50,000 in matching funds remain

 Thank you so much again!

Riya

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Vulnerable Children need protection
Vulnerable Children need protection

Hello Everyone,

May I start this update with sending my best wishes to all you for the New year and the festive season .

Over half a million minutes have passed since new years day, and as you we you we never close. 

As we come to the end of another year here are some of the highlights of 2016,

From Sandeep (name changed)

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.

From the monsoon time.

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.

From the past year,

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.

And just from today itself…

The boy in the picture, we shall call him Anand ( name changed) was brought to use by the police after running away  from home  and being found on a Delhi bound train. Our staff are counselling this young man but it seems like so many runaways that he has been the victim of abuse

Our work goes on thank you for your help.

You donations directly help children like these.

We really need your support to help us continue our work.

Please look forward to further reports in the New year with more stories from the Junction.

Thank you so much and have a great year!!

Riya

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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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People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Website: http:/​/​www.peoplefirstbihar.org
Project Leader:
Nick Hansen
Project Liason Officer
Bodhgaya, Bihar India
$47,471 raised of $60,000 goal
 
879 donations
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