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"
Oct 27, 2015

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity

Siva, the newspaper boy aspires to become a Tamil teacher and support his sibling sister in the future.

Siva is 17 years old and he is in his first year college with Tamil as the main subject. Six years before, he was found by Buds of Christ as a neglected child referred by the Govt Hospital. He was shabbily dressed and weak. He had no interest in his studies and had no aim for his future.

Siva is the first child and his sibling sister (12 years) became orphans when both their parents died to a chronic disease 7 years back. Both these children have also been affected by the illness from their parents. As Siva' s sister's immunity was very less, she was started early on treatment, but Siva did not have any idea about his health status.

After their parent's death, both Siva and his sister had to move to two different families, i.e. their father's sisters who came forward to look after them. The care was less for both Siva and his sister, but Siva's sister was in a much worse condition. When she was in class 5th, she lost interest in studies and her aunt encouraged her to beg for money. When this issue was observed during a field visit by Buds of Christ to their home, she was rescued from her aunt and sent to the hostel for girls and is now doing her class 7th in a government school.

And Siva when he was in his class 8th, he was advised for treatment for his health condition. He took the medication casually, not understanding its consequences. There was nobody in the family to guide him, nor show concern. It was then he started attending support group meetings held at Buds of Christ. Even there he was very playful and it took him almost two years to understand the condition. Slowly after meeting and interacting with peers like him he started building hope for his future. He cleared his 10th and 12th grade and got admission into a BA degree course.

He is now very positive about his health and aims to complete his education to become a Tamil teacher. He also works on part-time as a newspaper delivery boy to save an income and also buy special things for his sister during his visit to the hostel. Siva is an inspiration to his peers at Buds of Christ and he loves joking around with them.

 

Sep 21, 2015

Never Never Never Give Up

Getting top grades is every parent desire of a child and this desire is not differentiated by the economic status of the family. The families, who are poor, want to send their children to schools where fees are beyond their means for the sake of boys. But in the case of Soundharya her life journey takes a different turn after some challenging events.

Soundharya, 16 years is the second child of a widowed mother who is affected by chronic health condition. Their family was happy, a family of three girls until her father became bed ridden and passed away when she was six years old.

After her father's death, they had to move to their mother's hometown and schooling was changed. Having enjoyed the education in private English medium school, Soundharya and her siblings found it very difficult to adjust back to the government school. Everyday was a struggle as Soundharya's mother could not find a good job and had to support her siblings and her grandmother (father's mother). In addition to the financial stress, Soundharya's mother widowed status and the illness was further caused their relatives to force and get her and her older sister married early. Her mother was strong against the decision that caused a strained relationship among their relatives. Later her mother also took another courageous step to place all the three girls in the private English medium school which caused greater resistance from her own mother too.

The courageous step taken by her mother encouraged Soundharya to put hard efforts in her studies and bring a good name for her among their relatives.

Though learnt in Tamil medium school till 7th standard, within a span of two years, Soundharya was able to learn all the subjects in English medium and also stand among the top rankers. In the recently published 10th public results she has been able to score 481/500. On asking what had motivated her, she expressed "My mother's sacrifice!"

Soundharya is equally committed to serve other children like her at Buds of Christ. At Buds N Colors summer camp, she is an active volunteer and taught younger orphan children in craft and drawings.

We thank all the donors at Global Giving and well-wishers of Buds of Christ who are making sacrificial contributions for education of children in shaping their future.

 

 

 

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Sep 3, 2015

Empowering Children through Spoken English Sessions

Orphan Children at Buds of Christ have opportunities for education and with support from well-wishers of Buds of Christ the burden of educational needs on care takers have been greatly reduced through supply of note books, bags and uniforms. Though the knowledge part has been fulfilled through the formal education, the skill area is limited, especially when it comes to speaking in English.

Children at Buds of Christ  have very limited opportunities to avail, one due to their location in villages and second quality training institutes are limited and expensive. In addition girls are not encouraged in few families to go out, especially if they are orphans or semi-orphans. In order to combat this situation. Buds of Christ has started the English speaking course in its Vocational Skill Development Project. The course is arranged in 16 module sections and is handled at the center during weekends.

The first session was started on 13th of june 2014 and the interest among the young people was very positive. The sessions are more participative and usage of the vocal method has made it more appealing. As the learning is in group it also helps young people to interact with each other and close monitoring is made through mentors.

“It has always been a dream for me to interact in english and I am happy I am able to speak out, where people do not tease me about my language”. - expressed an orphan village girl

"I am in college 2nd year and in my class there are three girls who speak well in English and even though they are freindly, I hesitate to go and interact with them. Now being part of this course it has helped me to come out of my fears and I am sure, I would be able to start my conversations with them."

For Buds of Christ, the response has been encouraging from the young people and care takers. As most of the young people are the first generation graduates this opportunity has been seen as a great boon. This programme has been included as part of the Project on vocational skills for young people and we thank Global Giving Foundation for supporting our children.

 
   

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