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"
Mar 3, 2014

Obstacles cannot shatter my dream to become an English Teacher

English Teacher
English Teacher

Kamala is the second girl child in the family. Her mother died last year and her father is blind due to an Immune-deficiency complication. Till last year the family was dependent on the income of the mother. Her elder sister though had an ambition to become a nurse, eloped when she was 15 years old.

Kamala’s mother having married at the age of 14 years wanted her three children to study and secure themselves with a job. But she lost all her hopes when her eldest daughter made the decision of marrying early. Her next hope was on Kamala. When Kamala was doing her 11th standard, her mother committed suicide due to tensed situations at home. The burden of taking care of the family chores, her father and younger brother in addition to her sister’s new born child made it very hard on her. Slowly her father also started putting pressure of getting Kamala also married, as he expressed he cannot support in meeting the educational expenses. During one of the counseling session at Buds of Christ, she expressed the situation.

Buds of Christ, through the education support for orphan girl children from GlobalGiving came forward to support her uniform, note books and study materials. The support has encouraged her father to send her back to school. Now Kamala is in her 12th standard and is getting ready for her public exams that are starting on March 3rd. She plans to join BA (English) literature next academic year.

She aspires to be English teacher and attributes her gratitude to the support from GlobalGiving.

She expressed “I would have been married at 16, but your support has not only kept me in school, but also would make my mother’s dream come true and I would be the first graduate in my family. Thank you Global Giving”

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Feb 10, 2014

I have realized Life Can Begin Again

Thalapathi, presenting his dream thru painting
Thalapathi, presenting his dream thru painting

“I have realized that life can begin again and neither HIV nor TB can affect my future.” - shared after meeting the peer members of the support group of adolescents living with HIV

Thalapathy, 15 years old is a HIV positive adolescent and studying 10th in a government school. He is living with his widowed mother who is also living with HIV. His father died of AIDS when he was three years old and Thalapathy has not been informed of his HIV status.

Though he was affected from birth, his mother had been very protective of him. He was not provided with information related to HIV and because his immunity was good, he was not advised treatment either.

Recently, he had complaints of severe head-ache, weight loss and blood vomit that shook both his mother and himself that he approached Buds of Christ center. He was immediately taken to the government hospital and in the routine testing, it was found that his immunity had become low and thus he was further affected by Tuberculosis. This became a big shock for him, as he had just come to know about his status and that he had to take treatment for the two infections (HIV and TB).

Initially he found it hard to adjust to the treatment, as the side effects were very severe. But when he met with the peer members of the support group who shared their experiences of taking treatment and how their health conditions have improved; he was assured that these symptoms were only for a short-while and he can live life with dignity and hope. He is regular now on both the Treatments (HIV and TB) and is fervent in an ambition that he would share with children like him living with HIV, how he overcame his life challenges.

He also adds that “I have a dream and I am sure I will definitely achieve it. I thought I was going to die , and the side effects caused me more pain. But when I met friends like me living with HIV and coping so positively I now have the hope and I have realized that life can begin again.”

 

Feb 3, 2014

Supporting orphan adolescent girls to handle exam fears and stress

Stress relieved girls on air
Stress relieved girls on air

A one day session was organised for 14 adolescents appearing for 10th and 12thgrades public examination. The programme was organised to help the adolescents especially girls as there is very less motivation from such families to continue schooling. In addition these girls do not have proper support to handle the fears and stress that are involved during exams. The meeting was to help these adolescents emote their fears and plan for their exams to be held in March 2014.

The session focused on do’s and don’ts prior to the examination, during the examination time and after writing each exam. In addition to the discussion there was sharing by senior adolescents of their experiences in writing the exams that helped the participants practically.

Some of the feed backs from the adolescents include;

The Akka’s (sister) sharing helped me. Especially the tip in not sitting and checking after writing the exam whether what I wrote was correct or not with my friends , as this would discourage me to prepare for the next exam.

The tip in how to plan ourselves to prepare for exam, especially after completing household chores and then study was very helpful, as I have to prepare food for my grandfather.

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