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"
Dec 6, 2013

Rewarding Achievers motivates other orphan children

Bharathi topper in Class 10 in 2013 Board Exams
Bharathi topper in Class 10 in 2013 Board Exams

Buds of Christ has been supporting orphan girls through the educational support programme. The support has helped young girls to pursue higher studies especially in gender dominated and economically deprived community. On Dec 1st, rewards were given to achievers who have topped in their class 10th and 12th board exams among the orphan children supported through Buds of Christ.

On receiving the reward; responses of the children were,

“It gives me a lot of encouragement to achieve more especially when I have been appreciated among my friends for putting my hard efforts“

“Achieving the result was a big challenge, with power cuts and stressful situations at home. But now on receiving the reward I feel proud that I have been able to make it.”

The responses of the care taker- “When my daughter received the reward, I felt very proud to see the smile on her face. The reward is for the strong-will she has despite our difficult circumstances at home”.

Another care taker remarked; “This reward system not only encourages my children, but also motivates us to support them in pursuing their studies”

The reward system was initiated within the programme by Buds of Christ to encourage young girls to continue their studies and also motivate the next generation of young girls to achieve better. So far among the 200 orphan children supported through Buds of Christ around 15 children have progressed to graduation in various disciplines. Buds of Christ extends its heartfelt gratitude to all of its donors and supporters.

Sri Devi topper in Class 12 Board Exams
Sri Devi topper in Class 12 Board Exams
Priyanka Topper in Class 10 Board Exams
Priyanka Topper in Class 10 Board Exams
Dec 5, 2013

Overcoming Stigma | Moving Ahead

World AIDS day is commemorated on the December 1st of every year. Buds of Christ commemorated this day at the center with 40 children living with and affected by HIV and their caretakers to encourage young people to think ahead and not allow the stigma affect their dreams and goals.

Three young volunteers living with HIV came forward to share their experiences of living with HIV, to encourage the other adolescents and family members to look beyond their current experiences.

For Radha “Though I was born with HIV, I came to realize my HIV status only when I was doing my 8th standard. At that time, I could not accept it and even thought of committing suicide because people around me stated that HIV is contracted only to people who are engaged in immoral behaviour”.

For Baskaran ”When I was studying 6th standard I had come to know my HIV status and  my parents had died much earlier due to AIDS. On receiving the test result my immediate thought was “why me?” and I felt no purpose of living and wanted to commit suicide”.

For Kumaran “When I was in my Class 2 both my parents died to AIDS and so I was taken for HIV test and diagnosed HIV positive; for me living with the virus was easier to cope but being neglected by my own relatives because of my HIV and orphan status was more tormenting “.

It has been the counseling and support group that made a difference in all of them to accept their status and set goals for their future.

On what message each one would like to give their peers living in similar circumstances on the world AIDS day, they had expressed

Radha – “Do not allow the negative remarks affect you. God has a purpose for your life, so trust and hold on to your dream and follow on.”

Baskaran – “Don’t lose your confidence, there is meaning to life even after HIV”

Kumaran – “Live for yourself with a purpose, Don’t listen to critical voices”

Oct 22, 2013

THANK YOU - Your support enabled 13 girls to pursue graduation

Dream Chart of an Orphan Girl
Dream Chart of an Orphan Girl

Why there is a need to support education of orphan girls?

Orphan girls are often the neglected gender when it comes to choices for education especially in families affected by poverty. They are often perceived as burden right from their birth and often they have been restricted to set big goals. There are still instances of young girls, who have stopped early from schools and given in marriage when they are as young as 15 and 16 years old.

Orphan girl who lost both her parents and who scored more than 85% in her 10th exams was given in marriage to a man of 25 years of age because her grand-parents felt that was the best future for her rather than investing on her higher education. Now at 19 years, she is a mother of two children.

What has your support helped us achieve?

Buds of Christ had taken-up this educational support to encourage young girls from families of widow headed and grand-parents headed households to ensure a secure life for girls to lead an independent and empowered lives.

Through this initiative, 13 girls from these families have been able to pursue graduation courses, of which four of them have taken-up professional courses through follow-up with the adults in the family to encourage girls to continue higher education.

Radha is currently pursuing nursing in Bangalore. She is the second child in the family of three girls. Her mother is a widow and living with HIV, but as Radha was very firm along with her mother who was also encouraged through the women’s group meeting went ahead to support her daughter despite pressures from relatives for marriage.

Radhika is currently studying B.Sc (Agriculture). She is the first daughter, her mother is a widow living with HIV and her brother is also affected by HIV. It was a firm decision to be a agriculture scientist and her mother has also encouraged her towards it.

Abinaya is currently studying 3rd year B.Sc (Maths). She is an orphan child looked after by her grandmother.

The above mentioned are young girls from rural areas whose family members have not completed even schooling. Buds of Christ is proud to bring out 13 young people as the first generation of graduates from such families. This has been through the generous support received from friends through Global Giving.

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