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"
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.

Apr 4, 2014

Empowered Nadiya, living with HIV since birth; building hope in another

Hope - Nadiya
Hope - Nadiya

Nadiya is 19 years old and positive speaker among young people living with HIV. She has been open about her status to adolescents living with HIV in the support groups to encourage them to be positive about their future. In a recent incident in her village a school friend whom she had know from small had come to know about her HIV status after a miscarriage. Her name is Reena (name changed) and she had been studying with Nadiya in the same school until 6th standard .

As Reena’s parents died at a very early age and she was brought up by her aunt. Reena got married when she was 18 years and when she had a miscarriage  she was tested and found HIV positive. It became a big shock for Reena when she learnt her husband was HIV negative. Later on verifying how she would have been affected, she found  she was infected from birth and her parents had died due to AIDS. On knowing this, her husband has deserted her and she wanted to commit suicide.

Nadiya, who comes from the same village had learnt about the incident went and shared about her status and how she is living healthy with treatment. She also brought her to the center to meet with the support group to feel encouraged to see others like her.

At the end Reena expressed “If not for Nadiya I would have committed suicide, I lost complete hope as my husband had rejected me and now my aunt’s son’s wife with whom I am staying wants me out of the family as she fears HIV may be contracted to her child though my presence at home. But after coming here and seeing many like me, I feel supported and have hope”.

Dear Donor, we want to share this story, of how your money is providing care and support to adolescents living with HIV, who are often neglected or discriminated because of their health status in their community. Buds of Christ is able to support many children and adolescents living with HIV through your generous support. We welcome you to share these testimonies and reports to your friends and families and help us impact many young lives find hope and a future.

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