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"
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.

Aug 8, 2014

Support Groups: Helping children realize that they are NOT ALONE

On 12th July 2014, the support group for small children (5-12 years) was started at Tiruchengode Government Hospital premises. The primary purpose of this support group for children is to help children cope up with their HIV illness, make friends who are living with HIV and to support themselves in adhering to medicines and treatment.

The care takers of these children are mostly grand-parents or widowed mothers who are less educated that makes the condition more vulnerable for smaller children not understanding the purpose of being healthy. So the support group involves play-way method with children to feel more comfortable with the environment and communicate better about their health condition with the hospital team.

In the first group, we had 8 children who are HIV positive. The youngest was a 4 year old boy who is studying Kinder Garden. There was a girl thirteen years who has not gone to school for the last two years due to ill-health condition. In the first meeting, introductory games were introduced so that the young children know each other better. The counsellor of the ART center also got involved along with few care takers which made a way for better communication between children and elders. School educational kits were also distributed to the children who attended the support group.

Note: Photograph for this report is not posted because the premises was a Govt Hospital and we did not get permission

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Jul 30, 2014

Girls' Education is a lifeline to development.

expression of joy over school uniforms
expression of joy over school uniforms

Among children not attending school there are twice as many girls as boys. Offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power of enabling them to make genuine choices of leading a healthier and happier life.

In a workshop with the girls group, one exercise was to list down the needs children experience in their lives. The top list of needs was on education that included school fess, uniforms, school bags and note books as this was sighted as an expense by the poor parents to stop girls from schooling. As most of the children come from widow-headed or grand-parent headed families continuing schooling is a challenge as these families are dependent on occasional jobs and the pressure to get girls married after they complete class 10 or 12.

For Kalpana, her mother a widow makes a living from daily wage work as a tea-provider in a construction project, or plucking weeds in the agriculture field. As these jobs are seasonal, there is no regular income. Though these children are going to government school, the cost incurred for uniforms, school bags, note books are a burden to the families.

Understanding the ground level need, Buds of Christ made it an ongoing project to support and empower orphan girls from rural areas by providing them with the educational support that reduces the pressure upon the poor widow mother and encourage girls to go to school with great enthusiasm.

It was a moment of great joy for al the girl children at Buds of Christ when School uniforms, bags and notebooks were distributed, with the support of donors from GlobalGiving and wellwishers of Buds of Christ. We extend to you our sincere thanks in helping us making the impact in the lives of orphan girls

We Can - The Girls
We Can - The Girls
Thank you dear donors at Global Giving
Thank you dear donors at Global Giving

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