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 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.

 

May 19, 2014

My good grades are because of the encouragement and support of my peers

Being an orphan boy born with HIV, life has been a struggle, especially when my only brother could not keep me with him because his wife was not supportive because of my HIV status. The sudden decision affected me that I felt alone and even felt unwanted. Left with no choice, I was placed in a government hostel to do my 11th and 12th standard. Initially it was shocking as I was very attached to my relatives and my brother, and it took me few months to cope-up with the situation and that was when I got involved with the support group.

In the support group of adolescents living with HIV, I felt like a big family. There were friends who encouraged me and supported me and that helped me to get back to normalcy again. I got interested in my life and started setting my goals of becoming a Chartered Accountant. But when I shared this dream, to my extended family, they mocked and were negative about it. They said that I should be getting into work and earn and make a living. But those words did not affect me, because peers in the support group stood by me and said that I can do it.

Yes now, I am proud that I have been able to achieve and be a role model to many like me. I am not alone now, I now have many friends like me at Buds of Christ, who motivate and inspire me to love and serve many like me.

I thank the donors for supporting our group which has helped many like me find hope to move forward in life.

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