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"
Jun 25, 2014

When you support ONE GIRL CHILD you actually support TWO GIRL CHILDREN

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100% matching for Buds of Christ projects! - YouthSpark Bonus Day – June 25th 

The YouthSpark matching campaign will be on Wednesday, June 25 starting at 12:00 PM EDT. There will be $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft and matching will be applied at 100% while funds last.

This means, when you sponsor one girl child, you are actually sponsoring two girl children. Click Here to Donate

School Kit Support for 40 Orphan Young Girls

It has been an exciting moment for 40 young girls on 14th of June 2014 at the Buds of Christ center, when the school kits were distributed. Every start of the academic year (June) Buds of Christ with the support generated through GlobalGiving and local donations has been benefitting young girls with school bags, uniforms, study notes and note books to encourage them to continue schooling.

All the girls benefitting are orphans who are under the care of grand-parents, widow mothers or extended family members. The educational support helps such care takers to send the girls to schools; other-wise most of the girls are married as early as 14 years.

“I am happy that my second daughter’s educational needs for the academic year is met by the support. Being a coolie worker I get only get jobs occasionally and buying note books and bags is a huge burden. Seeing me stressed, my relatives and neighbors even have encouraged to get her married. But I have been firm to get my daughter educated and this support is an encouragement for me and other mothers like me” expressed by a widowed mother of a 15 year old adolescent girl

The education support in terms of “Higher Education Scholarship” has enabled 24 young girls become first graduates in 2013 and 2014.

On JUNE 25th, 2014 – You have an opportunity to DOUBLE the support you provide for Orphan Girls at Buds of Christ. Every donation you make on the 25th is matched 100% by Microsoft Youth Spark and Global Giving Foundation. This means, when you sponsor one child, you are actually sponsoring two children.

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Jun 9, 2014

These skills will be of use for my entire life

2014 April and May month were summer holidays for all school going children in our community. Around 6 orphan children took a commitment to make use of the summer holidays to upgrade their skills in organizing themselves, learning computer, typewriting practice, English language and in understanding our work at Buds of Christ in serving other needy children.

Every day begins with a 10min planning time, followed by practicing typewriting skills in English and Tamil. Following that children will be given time to practice the spoken English sessions among themselves with the support of a tutor. One of our staff equips the children in learning basic computer skills on MS office, copying photos from camera to computer, scanning, printing, sending emails and searching information on Google.

“I am glad that I made the decision to come and learn; if not, I would have wasted my time and engaged just in killing the time at home before TV – expressed 14 year old orphan girl”

“These skills that I have learnt here will be of use for my entire life, and I strongly feel every child should go through these practical skills useful for life – said 16 year old orphan boy”

From this June 2014, Buds of Christ has started these skill building sessions with 3 days class per week, for orphan children failed in class 10 public exams and other school drop outs.

 

Spoken English Practice
Spoken English Practice
May 19, 2014

Oh Yes! Our girls did it again

All girls appeared for class 12 public exam passed and are entering college

“I am Sivaranjani 17 years old girl. I am the eldest daughter in the family of four children. My mother who has not gone to school is a widow living with HIV. Belonging to the most disadvantaged community, opportunities were very limited. My mother being very sick could not go for work. Our family managed with the small pension money that was given to my mother due to her widowed status.

In this condition, when I was 14 years and completed my 10th grade, I had started going for work during holidays to support my family with additional income. Slowly my relatives also encouraged me to discontinue schooling as the cost of supporting my education was becoming a burden.

It was then, that Buds of Christ came forward to support me with educational support and now I have completed my 12th grade and will be entering into college soon”.

Overcoming challenges is not easy for orphan girls, but with the educational support through donors from GlobalGiving this has been possible. This year 14 orphan girls like Sivaranjani have been supported to continue schooling and are going into college.  All the 14 are first generation graduates from the most disadvantaged families.

 

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