People First Educational Charitable Trust - Gaya & Koderma Rescue Junction

Project Brief: Within 20 years (2004-2024) our ultimate aim is to get the government to recognize its responsibilities towards all children, especially those most vulnerable and at risk, in order to implement and fund initially at district level and then at State level.
Project Type: Special Needs (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Pratyush Gupta
Project Partner(s): Deepak Kumar
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , People First, Gyan Vikas Centre, Nr Magadh University,People First Educational Charitable Trust - Bodhgaya,Gaya,
BIHAR  824231
Tel: 0631-220-312
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Nov 2023Silicon ValleyUSD 17547
Sep 2022Silicon ValleyUSD 18436
Sep 2021Silicon ValleyUSD 23062
Nov 2020Silicon ValleyUSD 9019
Jun 2020Silicon ValleyUSD 8859
Jul 2019Silicon ValleyUSD 21870
Sep 2017Silicon ValleyUSD 19342
Mar 2016Silicon ValleyUSD 4160
Sep 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 4578
Jan 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 4405
Apr 2013Silicon ValleyUSD 5904
Oct 2012Silicon ValleyUSD 5720
Mar 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 19392
Jul 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 18750
Dec 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 14649

Total = $195693

Rescue Junction, the railway children rescue project run by People First, provides care and education for street-children living on the platforms of Gaya station in Bihar, India.

Project Objectives:
The primary aim of Rescue Junction is to provide a safety net to the street children and prevent them from being subjected to child-abuse and child-trafficking. It provides education and support and counseling 24 hrs a day to the rescued children, and those in conflict with the law. It also reunites lost children with their families and has a full time child protection and legal services officer to help the vulnerable children. Further, the project strives to raise awareness of the plight of these children, and increase the involvement of local people, government, and the international community.

Need for the project:
There is a dire need for programs working towards the welfare of street children in Bihar. Bihar is one of India’s poorest and most lawless states and civil administration is dysfunctional. Further, most aid agencies have pulled out of Bihar because of the dangerous conditions. In the district of Gaya, hundreds of street-children live on and around the station platforms. The children end up on the platforms due to a number of reasons. Some of them are orphaned children. Few are kids who have runaway from their homes due to abuse. Others are children separated from their kin during travel or because of kidnapping which is quite rampant in Bihar. The children on the railway platforms survive by begging, scavenging and rubbish-collecting. These children are at great risk from violence and abuse, including child-prostitution and trade in organs for transplants. Some of them also get involved in drug related activities. There is little or no government help for these children. Apart from People First, there is no other organization working with these children.

The Junction is already operational in Gaya with a school and a small emergency shelter near the station. It provides a night shelter, washrooms, safe storage for their possessions, basic education and health care and vocational training to the rescued children. Many of the children, due to their difficult life on the platforms, initially find it hard to trust the staff or live in the confines of the rescue home. So Rescue Junction employs counselors trained in treating abuse related victims to help the children develop the trust and confidence. The project also provides legal services to the kids who were involved in juvenile crime and were locked under barbaric conditions in remand homes.

The Staff also interacts with the police, railway authorities and local people to try to enhance child protection. The Staff makes a very serious effort to locate the parents of children who were accidentally separated from them. This endeavor by Rescue Junction has been widely lauded by the government, local police and media.

The immediate beneficiaries of this project will be around 200 children (aged 5 and upwards) living in or immediately around Gaya station, increasing to 1000+ children as facilities and services are established. People First has no religious or political affiliation and no such criteria is used while placing a child in the rescue homes.

Project Development:
Three organizations, including UNICEF, were consulted during the projects development. Evaluations have also been undertaken to compile a baseline survey to ascertain the nature of the problems the children face and the best ways to address them. The project has been able to win the trust and support of local people living around the station.

Funding request:
Over a third of all children who come through the centre are girls, a vulnerable group. Currently children of both gender are housed in a single house that is overcrowded. People First, is seeking funding to construct a dedicated girl’s dormitory with a bathroom and employ 2 female counselors to provide support and advice to these youngsters in a safe and supportive environment.

Site Visit:
Asha, Silicon Valley, has conducted several site visits to Rescue Junction and has concluded that this project deserves to be fully supported.
People First aims to work closely with oppressed and disadvantaged communities and vulnerable individuals in breaking the centuries - old cycle of ignorance and oppression by providing opportunities for education. The trust believes the best way to achieve long – term positive social change is through education and we work in the areas of greatest need where no other education is available to the poor and oppressed.
Our mission is to bring educational opportunity and to promote health and social rights to those to whom such opportunities have previously been denied due to poverty family circumstances or oppression.
The Trust aims to work with the most marginalised members of the community and help create a safer environment for all children , especially vulnerable children, and to provide support and encouragement to help improve their living and social conditions, through rights based and ethically sound education, empowerment programmes, vocational training, protection and care and financial independence initiatives in order to help them recognise their importance and value as a responsible individual within civil society.
The project goals are:
1. Child protection, basic health care and education
2. Community awareness programs
3. Juvenile justice and child rights
4.Involving the government particularly (but not exclusively) at the local state level
People First based in Bodhgaya started its work in 1992 in the village of Piani, in Jharkhand India. While visiting the desperately poor village, the founding members - Deepak Kumar and Nick Hansen were moved by the sight of a small child sitting on old sacking with few school books outside the government village school waiting for a teacher who never came. A school was started and with that simple beginning People First was born. The organization employs over 70 people (nearly all are service providers).

The Trust now focuses on education, healthcare, child protection and welfare, women's rights and poverty alleviation.
Oct 2023 Virtual Site Visit Report
Sep 2023 Rescue Junction_0923_Project Quantification V12.pdf
Jul 2023 Rescue Junction Project Renewal and Progress Update - 2023
Jul 2023 Budget - 2023
May 2023 Rescue Junction - Gaya Pictures
Jun 2022 Budget - 2022
Jun 2022 Rescue Junction Project Renewal and Progress Update - 2022
Jul 2021 Virtual Site Visit Report
Jul 2021 Site Visit Report
May 2021 Rescue Junction Project Renewal and Progress Update - 2021
May 2021 Budget - 2021
Nov 2020 Progress Report - November 2020
Nov 2020 Mid-Year Update - November 2020
Nov 2020 Budget and Expenses - November 2020
Jun 2020 Budget - 2020
Jun 2020 Project Renewal and Progress Update - 2020
Apr 2020 Amphan and Covid-19 Update
Feb 2020 Annual Report - 2020
Dec 2019 Mid-year Update - 2019
Nov 2019 Progress Report - 2019
May 2019 Site Visit - 2019
Feb 2019 Project Proposal and Renewal 2019
Feb 2019 Budget 2019
Nov 2018 Annual Report - 2018
Mar 2018 Audit Report - 2018
May 2017 Site Visit 2017
May 2017 Site Visit Detailed Notes
Nov 2016 Audit report
Nov 2016 Project Proposal with Budget
Aug 2016 Minutes and Poll Results - Koderma
May 2016 Questions and Concerns
May 2016 Project Proposal
Jan 2016 Koderma Junction Proposal
Jan 2016 Budget
Nov 2015 Rescue junction Budget poll results 2015
Nov 2015 Meeting minutes
Nov 2015 Audit report 2015
Nov 2015 Meeting minutes with poll results
Nov 2015 Rescue Junction budget 2015-2016
Nov 2015 Project update and expense report 2015
Sep 2015 RJ Guest speaker Meeting minutes
Jun 2015 Mid year update
Jun 2015 Mid year update Q&A
Aug 2014 Project_update_expense_report
Jun 2014 Meeting minutes poll results
Dec 2013 Project Update & Expense Report
Dec 2013 Meeting_Minutes_Poll_Results
Dec 2013 Detailed Expense Report
Oct 2013 RJ Site Visit Report
Dec 2012 Site Visit Report 2013
Aug 2012 Project presentation and Expenditure Report
Aug 2012 Project Update & Expense Report
Dec 2011 Funding for 2011 Meeting minutes and Poll Results
Dec 2011 Meeting_minutes_poll_results_2012
Dec 2011 Meeting_minutes_poll_results_2012
Dec 2011 Rescue Junction Site Visit Report
Jun 2009 RJ_ppt_June2009
Jun 2009 RJ_QA
Jun 2009 2009_eval
Jun 2009 2009 proposal
Apr 2009 Expense Report 2008
Nov 2008 Rescued Girl united with her family
Sep 2008 Site Visit Report
Jun 2008 Project Proposal
Jun 2008 Monsoon Newsletter