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98% families in rural Bihar do not have access to toilets in their homes, the highest rate among poor states.

People First  based in Bodhgaya started its work in 1992 in the village of Piani, in Jharkhand India.  Visiting the desperately poor village our founding members, Deepak Kumar and Nick Hansen were moved by the sight of a small child sitting on old sacking with a few school books  outside the government village school waiting for a teacher who never came.  A simple school was started and from that simple beginning People First was born. Now employing over 100 people (nearly all service providers) the Trust now works in Health Education, child protection and welfare, women's rights and poverty alleviation  and education.

Our mission is the bringing of 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.
If Bihar was a country it would be the 12th most populous in the world and the 6th most poor. The district in which most of People First work is based, Gaya is one of the poorest in Bihar  - source DFID (Dept Of International Development UK )


"A great charity run by a very dedicated team"

Helen Waller (UK)


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