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Emergency Appeal for Blankets. 


Dear Friend and Supporter,


Greetings from Bodhgaya.


Northern India, and Bihar in particular has been hit by an unprecented cold wave with record cold temperatures. Gaya town has recorded a low of 2.4 degree C, and it is just above freezing in the Villages. This weather is set to continue for some time, with even colder temperatures forecast. Many of our children attending our schools don’t ever possess sweaters or warm clothing, although we have given what we can. All schools in Delhi and all over North India have been either closed due to the extreme weather, or the times re-adjusted. We have also changed the times of all our schools. Over 1000 people have reported to have died from the cold but no accurate figures are available For Bihar.   Due to the urgent need the Trust has already purchased and distributed many Blankets.

We are aware of the most generous support of all over supporters and that most, if not all are giving as much as they are able to give already; but if you can help, or know of anyone who can be of assistance with this emergency appeal and help save some children lives, we would be most grateful to you.

Any amount No matter how small will help, as we also plan to buy scarves and Woolen Hats, anything to help keep the Children Warm. A Scarf costs only 50 pence, or 70 US Cents and, a Blanket costs only 3 GBP or 5 USD. Please send any Donation to People First International at the Usual Address,

Stuart Grant                                             


           People First International               

           Southernhay, Staithe Rd.            

 Heacham, King’s Lynn                    

 Norfolk - PE 31 7EE


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And mark it “For Blankets”. These Funds will be forwarded to us here in Bihar as a Matter of Urgency.

The Trust is working on our Annual Report and we will send a copy to you shortly, and it will also be posted on our Website,


With Many Thanks,

Nick Hansen & All at People First

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