I hope this report finds you and your family all well.
Nowadays Rescue Junction is extremely busy and with our new links with the national agency childline we are getting referrals from all over India, trafficked lost missing and children rescued from child labour. We have reunited 10 children from one place alone, Manali in the Himalayas and working with the police we have smashed this particular child trafficking ring.
It was our pleasure to welcome volunteers , mostly from the University of Lincoln in the UK who helped out at Rescue Junction for a couple of weeks in August. This was as part of our village experience programme which you can find out about on our website.
Another very important piece of news, you can see a photo on out FB page is that our Child Protection and Legal Services officer. Mr Manoj Kumar has just been appointed chairperson of the newly constituted Child Welfare Committee here in Gaya. This places Rescue Junction right at the heart of working with others in helping to develop child protection networks in Gaya district and beyond.
I want to say that ALL the money we receive from Global Giving goes towards helping the project. As restricted fund we are duty bound to ensure its careful use for the maximum benefit of the children. On October 17th Global Giving are matching donations up to 30%.
Thank you once again for all your support.
Firstly I should mention our esteemed chairman, Mr Deepak Kumar, ( twice Bodhgaya Rotary Club Chairman and member of various local committees including one against child labour ) received a " Gem of the Nation" award from the former president of India, Dr Kalam in front of 3,000 people in Patna, the capital of Bihar recently in recognition of his work for People First Educational Charitable Trust. Congratulations to him! - a richly deserved award. It may prove to be the first of many for Deepak, a true Social Worker and a strong leader fighting untiringly for Social Justice.
Here at Rescue Junction we are now receiving a record number of referrals from all over India, due to the centre now being part of the childline national network. These include child labourers found working in the Himalayas, girls being sold sadly often by their own families into the sex trade at 13 years old.
The traffickers and kidnappers get ever creative at ensnaring girls, One such technique is planting a crying girl when they see a young women or girl going to college alone who says she has got lost and please can you take me home as I don't know where it is, please take to me to this address which she has with her. Of course the address is not home but a place where the girl can be kidnapped or even raped.
The childline number 1098 is toll free and is manned 24 hours a day. Calls from children in distress are responded to immediately.
Did you know the entire running costs of our centre still comes out at $50,000 a year. I want to thank all of you for helping us keep the centre open. Your kindness and generosity is much appreciated.
This update is a little bit different from usual, it is a letter received from a participant in our village experience programme held every year. Volunteers get a chance to work alongside our staff in all of our projects. Shaun refers to Nick and Deepak in the letter, they are the co founders of the Charity.
I hope this update from People First finds you well and that the New Year has got off to a promising start for you and your family.
We have had even by our standards an exceptionally busy start to the New Year, as followers of our Facebook page ( the link is below) will already know we were honoured by a visit from the Bihar Minister of State for Labour, following increasing cooperation with Labour Department in tackling child labour and trafficking. You may also be aware Bodhgaya is the centre of the Buddhist World and organised child begging is an ever present menace. We appeal to all those who visit Bodhgaya (only 13km away from Rescue Junction) please if you want to give- donate to a recognised and reputable organisation rather than individual children. Please help spread the word.
A one day old child, a little Baby Boy was recently found abandoned in a potato field and we were able to place this boy with a caring family awaiting adoption.
He would not have survived the night if he had not been brought to us.
We are currently working with the relevant authorities trying to get trafficked children back home from as afar a field as Delhi and the Himalayas.
I just wanted to say how much we appreciate your continuing support and please look out for the next update keeping you in touch with our work.
With much appreciation,
I hope the New Year brings joy for you and your family!
The cold winter months are here in Bihar now, and the welcoming warmth of Rescue Junction saves many children's lives at this time of year.
I wanted to tell you all an amazing story, sometimes we wonder what we will see come through the door next.
A frightened and cold ten month old child was very recently brought to us by the Police having been found with a bottle of milk crying next to the toilet of an express train as it came into Gaya Junction. We have built up a good relationship with the local media who are very supportive of the project so we turned to them, as well as using our community contacts to try and trace the family. I am pleased to tell you we were able locate the mother, a women living in poverty near a station over 80km or 50 miles away. But she is able to care for her child whom she loves very much.
It turns out her father in a drunken state took the child when the mother went to fetch water and boarded a train. He then left the train at another station, abandoning the child near the toilet. With our support, charges have now been brought against him of what I believe is called in the west “reckless child endangerment”
I want you also to know your support enabled us to buy many warm sweaters and clothing for the children,and we have noticed that many donations came in November from Global Giving UK . They were given anonymously, but whoever you are our children thank you. And thanks to all of you who have shown you really do care about helping change these children’s lives for the better.
God Bless you all,
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