Buds of Christ Charitable Trust

Buds of Christ's vision is to "empower children and enable wellbeing" With the vision our mission is "to love, listen, learn and lead orphans and vulnerable children to live life positively and with dignity and be children of hope and courage to their peers and to their community"
Oct 14, 2014

Commemorating International Day of Girl Child on October 11th at Buds of Christ

The International day of the girl child stood it’s purpose, when Preetha, 15 years stood boldly and spoke about the state of rights ensured for girl child at the commemoration of the event with young girls and their care takers at BoC Children’s Center, Tiruchengode on 11th October 2014.

The event started with Ms. Gomathy, 17 year old emerging Buds Leader, shared the purpose why the day has been observed to the rest of the girls. She explained that the observation supports more opportunity for girls, and increases awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. She shared the issues of access for girls in the context of orphan girls and HIV and AIDS.

The main highlight was the presentation prepared by Preetha and her mother on the status of young girl of a widowed mother living with HIV. In her presentation it was vivid the attitudinal change that happened in her mother from the thought of getting her daughter married at an early age to ensure right to education for her two daughters. The other point was a to have a society that puts a stop to early marriages for girls, ends violence and abuse against young girls, provides opportunities for higher education and protection of girl’s rights.

The day ended with the other participants sharing their experiences of how this day they were able to reflect the status of young girls around them.The care takers expressed that they have been reaffirmed on  their commitment of girl child education and protection of their rights.

Oct 14, 2014

Celebrating Birthday and Cake cutting makes Hospital more child-friendly

Kavi (10 years) and her sibling brother (13 years) went out of the hospital with a cheerful heart. It was Kavi’s birthday and she and her brother had come to collect their monthly medicines ART, at Government Hospital.

As part of the Little Stars group at the hospital, they attended today’s session on personal hygiene. After actively participating in the session, Kavi was one of the two who enjoyed the sweet surprise of cutting birthday cake at the hospital. Kavi expressed “Today is the most happiest day in my life, because it has been the first time experience in my life in cutting the cake”. Kavi and her brother lost both their parents to AIDS when they were very small.

The Little Stars Support Group Meeting is part of Buds of Christ initiative in partnership with health department of Govt in helping children living with HIV, be comfortable in accessing the hospital and making it more child friendly; and the birthday cake cutting was initiated and supported by the staff of the ART center.

Buds of Christ’s reason for existence is to empower children affected by HIV and AIDS to live life with dignity and support them to emerge as children of hope of courage to their peers.

Aug 8, 2014

I am also going to Buds School

I am also going to Buds School

With the advancements in HIV care, treatment is available, but beyond treatment there is a need for individual care, especially for children as the impact it causes on them is very severe.

Recently the second support group for children was started at Tiruchengode ART center, Namakkal district. Being a new group, introductory session was conducted, where each one shares their name, class(educational status) and the village they belong . what caught our attention was one  girl child in the group who was very thin and puny , introduced her name in a very feeble voice and said she had not been going to school for the last two years. She sounded very dull as all the other peers in her group were attending school.

After the session ,we had a  personal  interaction  with her  and her father. In that interaction we found she lives with her widower father living with HIV. Her mother died when she was 8 years old and she has one older brother and sister. Two years before she became very sick of TB and that restricted her from going to school which was 3kms away from her house. As her father was not well informed and could not provide good care, she had a relapse of TB within a year and had to continue treatment for another course of year. Though the treatment is now stopped ,her immunity is very low.

To know more about her, home visit was made by our outreach staff and there it was found she had no friends as she was sick and not in school. Her elder brother is working and her elder sister good in studies goes to her aunt's house to do her daily lessons and returns home only after 8 pm as they do not have electricity in their house. So she is only one at home every day until 8 pm .

When she was told about the Buds vocational school, where she can come and learn the basic computer skills and language lesson ,she showed great interest to attend. Though ,there is still a difficulty in her coming to the center ,the motivation of attending school is deep within her and that she had shared with her older sister that "I am also going to Buds school", when she asked her for the school bag which was gifted at the support group.

In order to keep the motivation, close follow-up is maintained by the team at Buds with few drawing materials and colours given to her .The story books from the Buds Library has been shared and school kits-Bag and note books have been given to her. Now currently she is on ART treatment which she has become more regular after the home visit. Her current CD4 cells (immunity power cells) is only 75 (normal ranges from 500-1000cells).

This girl has been encouraged to make a responsible choice on her health with individual focused follow-up. This has been possible with the support of the Tiruchengode ART center for showing great interest in the welfare of the children accessing ART center and  open the space for children support groups.

Buds Vocational Open School, is open for children who have been dropped out from school, or failed in normal streams; the objective is to equip them with practical day to day skills and knowledge that would keep enable them towards an empowered life along with their peers. We encourage these children to continue studies and write public exams in private mode.

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