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"
Feb 3, 2015

self stigma

This month support group for young people had a clear purpose of addressing stigma related to HIV. As the focus of the organization for the year is to destigmatising HIV, the first meeting of the support for the year started with the session on the perceptions of stigma and ways in overcoming stigma.

The discussion became emotional when the group shared their experiences of facing stigma. The sharing revealed how the young people were greatly affected by the discriminatory attitude towards them.

As the group felt that addressing self stigma is much easier than sensitizing the community, the members evolved the following points as progressive steps for overcoming fear;

  • Have complete information about HIV and AIDS and clarify any kind of myths and misconceptions
  • Visiting or accessing places where one receives motivation and positive encouragement.
  • Identify a trust worthy mentor who will guide and encourage
  • Sharing  right information about HIV and AIDS to people in the neighborhood and school
  • Will first attempt disclosure of one’s HIV status with a person who is already stigmatised or discriminated
  • Sharing one’s HIV status with a trusted individual

Each member in the group have taken up the level they are comfortable and will develop plan for execution and share their experiences, next month.

At the end, almost the entire group felt it was necessary to address self stigma and three of them have expressed that they are taking up the challenge of sharing their HIV status to their friends and one to their relative which they have been thinking for a long time.

Jan 27, 2015

Photography Skill Training

A- two day photography training was conducted for young people of Buds of Christ to equip them with basic skills in photography. The training was a practical based training conducted by the Singapore Volunteers Jamie, which the young people thoroughly enjoyed.

She used different techniques to teach the nuances in the photo taking which rendered even an amateur person to take photos with deeper meaning.

The practical experience and reviewing of the photographs taken helped the young people to improve their skills which were beautifully reflected on the second day of the training session. The youngest participant of the training was 13 year old child of the center.

When my photos were reviewed on the first day, it helped me to notice the area of improvements and I was happy I was appreciated on the photos taken on the second day…. expressed by an adolescent girl after the workshop

When I was given a camera to handle, I was scared, but later I gained confidence as my team partner encouraged me, and I was so happy when the photos were projected, I could not believe it was mine.-expressed by 16 year old orphan drop out boy.

Dec 23, 2014

Thank you from the bottom of our heart

Thank You for making a difference in my life
Thank You for making a difference in my life

Dear Friend and Partner

This is the best time of the year to thank you, as you took the step to touch the lives of our children at Buds of Christ.

As we near the end of the year 2014, I bow my head to thank God for you! because you are a blessing for Buds of Christ.

As I type the mail, I remember the quote of Mother Teresa “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love”

Because its only through friends like you that Buds of Christ can be here with resources to love and support struggling orphan children and families who have nowhere else to go for support.

This year alone, your generosity has helped us to directly support over 220 orphan children affected by HIV and AIDS in areas of their Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership.
 
Your love, generosity has lit the light of Hope in the lives of our children. How true it is that the smallest act of your kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

We take this moment to give you thanks for who you are and what you have done in the lives of our children. We can say no other answer; but THANKS, and THANKS and ever THANKS.

Sincerely Giving Thanks not only helps us recognize how our children are blessed through you but it also motivates us to continue to do good for those who are in need.

Thank you so much for being a blessing!

with thanks and regards
Jeyapaul
Founder Director 

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