Project #2242

Rescue Junction supports street children in India

by People First Educational Charitable Trust
Volunteers at Rescue Junction
Volunteers at Rescue Junction

Hi Everyone!!

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.



Our Esteemed Chairman, Deepak Kumar -Ji
Our Esteemed Chairman, Deepak Kumar -Ji

Hi Everyone.

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.

Sunita Kumari

Rescue Junction children send thier thanks to you
Rescue Junction children send thier thanks to you


Shaun playing carrom with boys at the remand home
Shaun playing carrom with boys at the remand home

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.

Aap Kaise Hai? . . .Accha, Aaj bahut garmi hai!   ( How are you?)  (Good). (Today is very Hot)
Mera nam Shaun hai!    My name is Shaun

Firstly I need to apologise for taking so long in sending an email, this is down to either my hectic lifestyle at home or to me being me and not getting round to things. I was going to send it straight away but I was so overwhelmed by everything I felt I needed time to digest everything, clearly has taken me longer than I thought! I hope everyone is well and still working very hard within the group, the work you all do is honestly amazing. I have told everyone about all the wonderful things you do and how you seem to have touched everyone that came to the village experience. I want you all to know that I still often think about you and just sometimes stop and think, wow, those guys are all still so far away still doing what you do best, helping people not so fortunate than yourselves! Life over here is 100% the opposite to India, from the food to the electrics! How I just turn on a switch and its guaranteed that my light or television will turn on. Or my water I drink will always be fresh and clean with shops everywhere selling anything I need. It is very difficult to just walk around and watch people who are so god damn selfish and not have a clue as to what people around the world have to go through just to get water or food. I feel so privileged to have been given the opportunity to see with my own eyes the work you do, how conditions out there are getting better due to your hard work. I am currently sitting in my room, with a laptop, drinking English tea in temperatures of about 16 degrees listening to bob Marley. The very fact that you are reading this now so far away, probably sweating (maybe not) drinking Indian chai (maybe) and if you are lucky, having just beaten bindal at Carrom! If you are reading this Bindal then you need to know I have been missing playing Carrom with you, Surrender and Annan. To think that when I first came I didn’t even know what the game was to becoming possibly the best player every within 100 miles of Bodhgaya!
Rescue Junction really is a statement in itself, Gaya is possibly now a safer environment for children because of the hard work your team put in at all hours around the clock to make sure they are safe. The children at the junction all seem so happy and I get the feeling that they now have something to strive for and you may have perhaps given them a new leash of life. To think a small child that has been abandoned or lost can suddenly be put into a safe shelter, with food and water along with education and most importantly FRIENDS! I will never forget the moment you first took us all there and we sat in the reception and you told us about all the horror stories, that was the moment it hit home, I remember thinking, I wish everybody I knew was here right now to see how lucky we are.

The Health team stood out to me because this is what I am studying here in England so I felt I had a fantastic time with them. Seeing how well they work in difficult conditions and how they just seem unaffected by the things that they see as they stay so professional. If any of the wonderful health team are reading this then I want you to know I have told my teachers and health workers at home all about the work you do and that we will never actually understand how amazing you are to all of the communities around you.
The schools that you run are clearly run every well, with great teachers who all seem to love their jobs and teach with passion that a lot of teachers from England could do with! Naresh – I can honestly say I have never ever seen a more passionate teacher in my entire life. Just watching you enjoying helping the children and always having this great big smile on your face made me realise that if I ever am going to become a teacher this is what I needed to do. The children clearly loved it when you taught them and it was obvious that to everyone who came from England that you had your heart in your job and that is something very special. By the way, my name is SHAUN NOT SAUL! Thank you for always being there when you didn’t need to be, such as when Amy fell ill and wherever we went you met us or made sure we were always happy. This really also applies to Rakesh too, because you both were always with us and seemed to try your best to make sure we were ok. I cannot thank you enough for what you did for us all, I personally always felt safe with you two around and we always seemed to have a good time and joke about. It was very sad when we left at the train station as I felt it was a Journey that you had been there from the start right to the end, I cannot thank you anymore but from the bottom of my heart, it meant everything to me and I’m sure it did to everyone else.

It is impossible to sum up India or the experience it has given me. It was mentally and physically very difficult at times, seeing and listening to things that you would hope you never heard or seen. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Nick and Deepak – I feel that you do not know how amazing you guys are, all of the people you have touched and the children you have saved. The next step is to get the government to take responsibility for what they should have done in the first place! That day will be a great day and that is when the real show gets on the road! I hope you are all well and still working hard with smiles on your faces. I always smile when I think of my time in India, hopefully I will be able to return someday. Keep in touch everyone!

‘We cannot all do great things for the world – but we can do small things with great love’

Keep the Faith!


Shaun Warner


Thank you!
Thank you!

Hello everyone.

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,



Baby Left on Train
Baby Left on Train

Hello Everyone!

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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Organization Information

People First Educational Charitable Trust

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar - India
Project Leader:
Nick Hansen
Project Liason Officer
Bodhgaya, Bihar India
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