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.
Together we can do more!
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