The International day of the girl child stood it’s purpose, when Preetha, 15 years stood boldly and spoke about the state of rights ensured for girl child at the commemoration of the event with young girls and their care takers at BoC Children’s Center, Tiruchengode on 11th October 2014.
The event started with Ms. Gomathy, 17 year old emerging Buds Leader, shared the purpose why the day has been observed to the rest of the girls. She explained that the observation supports more opportunity for girls, and increases awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. She shared the issues of access for girls in the context of orphan girls and HIV and AIDS.
The main highlight was the presentation prepared by Preetha and her mother on the status of young girl of a widowed mother living with HIV. In her presentation it was vivid the attitudinal change that happened in her mother from the thought of getting her daughter married at an early age to ensure right to education for her two daughters. The other point was a to have a society that puts a stop to early marriages for girls, ends violence and abuse against young girls, provides opportunities for higher education and protection of girl’s rights.
The day ended with the other participants sharing their experiences of how this day they were able to reflect the status of young girls around them.The care takers expressed that they have been reaffirmed on their commitment of girl child education and protection of their rights.
Among children not attending school there are twice as many girls as boys. Offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power of enabling them to make genuine choices of leading a healthier and happier life.
In a workshop with the girls group, one exercise was to list down the needs children experience in their lives. The top list of needs was on education that included school fess, uniforms, school bags and note books as this was sighted as an expense by the poor parents to stop girls from schooling. As most of the children come from widow-headed or grand-parent headed families continuing schooling is a challenge as these families are dependent on occasional jobs and the pressure to get girls married after they complete class 10 or 12.
For Kalpana, her mother a widow makes a living from daily wage work as a tea-provider in a construction project, or plucking weeds in the agriculture field. As these jobs are seasonal, there is no regular income. Though these children are going to government school, the cost incurred for uniforms, school bags, note books are a burden to the families.
Understanding the ground level need, Buds of Christ made it an ongoing project to support and empower orphan girls from rural areas by providing them with the educational support that reduces the pressure upon the poor widow mother and encourage girls to go to school with great enthusiasm.
It was a moment of great joy for al the girl children at Buds of Christ when School uniforms, bags and notebooks were distributed, with the support of donors from GlobalGiving and wellwishers of Buds of Christ. We extend to you our sincere thanks in helping us making the impact in the lives of orphan girls
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School Kit Support for 40 Orphan Young Girls
It has been an exciting moment for 40 young girls on 14th of June 2014 at the Buds of Christ center, when the school kits were distributed. Every start of the academic year (June) Buds of Christ with the support generated through GlobalGiving and local donations has been benefitting young girls with school bags, uniforms, study notes and note books to encourage them to continue schooling.
All the girls benefitting are orphans who are under the care of grand-parents, widow mothers or extended family members. The educational support helps such care takers to send the girls to schools; other-wise most of the girls are married as early as 14 years.
“I am happy that my second daughter’s educational needs for the academic year is met by the support. Being a coolie worker I get only get jobs occasionally and buying note books and bags is a huge burden. Seeing me stressed, my relatives and neighbors even have encouraged to get her married. But I have been firm to get my daughter educated and this support is an encouragement for me and other mothers like me” expressed by a widowed mother of a 15 year old adolescent girl
The education support in terms of “Higher Education Scholarship” has enabled 24 young girls become first graduates in 2013 and 2014.
On JUNE 25th, 2014 – You have an opportunity to DOUBLE the support you provide for Orphan Girls at Buds of Christ. Every donation you make on the 25th is matched 100% by Microsoft Youth Spark and Global Giving Foundation. This means, when you sponsor one child, you are actually sponsoring two children.
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.
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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