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

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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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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