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"
Nov 17, 2016

Celebrating Children's Day

On the even of National Children’s Day (Nov 14th), Buds of Christ celebrated children’s day on November 12th at Government hospital in Tiruchengode. The children are chronically ill children who visit the hospital on a monthly basis for treatment and care. On November 12th, Saturday the young leaders of Buds of Christ wanted to make their routine treatment visit day a memorable day for the child and their care takers (mostly grandparents or widowed mothers).

The day was focussed in bringing out the talents and skills of small children between the age group of 6 and 13 years, closely supported by one youth leader of Buds of Christ for each child. So it was a month of bonding and teaching and sharing of their lives with each other which culminated on Nov 12th with fancy dress, poem recitation, dance and games. Each young leader while equipping the child allotted to them also shared their experience of taking medicines, the likes and dislikes of it, which further encouraged the smaller children to feel that they are not alone.

Almost all the children who presented on stage, it has been the first experience of stage solo performance and did it with excellence. All the care takers who witnessed the event were surprised in seeing their children's  performances as most of them did not know the skills  the children had within them.

My son has not performed in public as he is very shy. So I was more scared and I even turned my face to other side when he came to the stage, but was surprised when he recited the Thirukural with ease and also presented his character as  a police man.- expressed a mother of a 11 year old child.

I was overjoyed to see my two little ones speaking with confidence and also dancing well-expressed a proud grandmother of two orphan children affected by chronic illness.

I felt very happy being a butterfly. I have not done any such programme in my life and I thank my Akka (youth leader) who called me over phone and encouraged me to do it. She even designed my costume - 9 year old orphan girl living with chronic illness.

I was more happier to see the smiles on the little ones ,what I have missed when I was small ,I was happy I could give it to these children - youth leader affected by Chronic ill health condition.

Sep 26, 2016

"I don't know, how I am going to study and also look after my parents"

Keerthana
Keerthana's Drawing amidst Challenges

"I really don't know what to do, I feel cry like crying, I don't know, how I am going to study and also look after my parents” - expressed Keerthana during the visit at the hospital on the second day after her parents met with an accident.

Keerthana is the eldest child, 14 years old and living with HIV. Her younger sister (aged 9 years) and her parents are also living with HIV. Her father, a lorry driver does not support the family with his income as he spends most of the earnings on drinking. Keerthana 's mother was the sole earner, who worked as a coolie worker and supported the family. As the income her mother brings does not cater to the health and educational needs of Keerthana and her sister, the family was closely followed up by Buds of Christ to provide the psycho-social and the economic support for the family.

Few weeks before Keerthana's parents met with a very severe accident that caused multiple fractures resulting in bed ridden state for both her mother and father. In addition Keerthana is currently studying in 10th standard and is awaiting for her public examination, an important year that decides her future studies.

Buds of Christ provided additional support during the last few weeks through home visits to support Keerthana in handling the stress of caring her parents, younger sister and also her own health. Close health monitoring and nutritional support was provided to the entire family. Keerthana was encouraged to continue schooling and also care of herself too. Her mother is much better now and able to support Keerthana in household works.

She has now successfully completed her quarterly exams and is also more confident in handling the care of her mother, father and her younger sister. In spite of all the struggled conditions, she is confident in saying;

“I would definitely pass with good grades in the final exams, because I have the confidence to do it and my friends in the support group are encouraging me too”.

Sep 7, 2016

Empowering Jegatheeswari, daughter of a widow mother in rural Tamilnadu

Education of girl children is often not encouraged in a gender dominated society, especially in rural areas in Namakkal and Salem districts, Tamilnadu. Though there are many educational institutions in the districts, majority are not government managed and hence the cost of education makes it less accessible for families from disadvantaged circumstances. In addition the distance of colleges from their villages also places a restriction for girls to access education and the condition is more severe for orphan girls. Buds of Christ encourages such orphan girl children from challenging circumstances to continue higher education in colleges that are accessible to them.

One such girl is Jegatheeswari, second child of widowed mother affected by Chronic ill health condition. Her father died when she was less than 5 years old and her elder sister had eloped and died within a year of marriage due to domestic violence. All these situations made both Jegatheeswari and her widowed mother lose courage over their future. It was then they came to know Buds of Christ and was supported with social support programmes. Jegatheeswari’s mother works as a coolie worker on daily wages and lives in a small rented house in a village. The money she earns was just enough to meet the family needs and as Jegatheeswari was studying in a government school, the burden of expenses on education was less and was taken care by Buds of Christ. But in the academic year 2016, Jegatheeswari was enrolled into a private institution for higher education and is doing her first year bachelors in English. The support from Global Giving has helped to pay part of the academic fees for the year which has encouraged her mother to have hope of her daughter becoming a graduate. Jegatheeswari is an active youth member of Buds of Christ and teaches Tamil and English to the orphan children between the age group of 6 to 11 years during the weekends.

Jegatheeswari shares "It gives me great pleasure that I am able to do my higher studies because of well wishers of Global giving who have extended their support to support girls like me. I am blessed to have a wonderful mother who has realised the importance of education and encourages me to continue my education despite our challenging circumstances at home. Thank you Buds of Christ! Thank you Global Giving!!”

 
   

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